Extra! Update December 1997

    Truth on Advertising

    What standard for truth in advertising does the New York Times use in publishing advocacy ads? A double standard, an exchange of letters received by FAIR suggests. The first letter was sent by Sam Husseini, media director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (and former FAIR staffer), when he saw an ad in the New York Times (9/17/97) placed by a group called Americans for a Safe Israel. The ad made a number of dubious claims--for example, it said that the Palestinian Authority had made “no arrests” of Hamas activists, directly contradicting a story the Times itself had published a week ...