New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, Ethan Bronner, is in the eye of a ‘mini-blog storm’ as this blogger has put it.
His 20 year old son has signed up to the Israeli Defence Force, and this has led to some people calling for Bronner to be reassigned.
Bronner – who is Jewish and whose son has Israeli nationality – is widely regarded as a respected journalist.
He has served as the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the past two years.
Some of the voices who are calling for some sort of move are even coming from his own paper.
Blogger Electronic Intifada wonders how the paper would respond if one of their reporters had a son in Beirut whose son joined Hezbollah?
On the other side of the argument, some people are wondering why this has suddenly become an issue. yourish.com says he’s puzzled as to why people are suddenly critical.
Bronner is married to an Israeli citizen and people ‘don’t seem to think that his being married to an Israeli caused a conflict of interest. So why the sudden attack on Bronner?’
‘Mr. Bronner’s son is a young adult who makes his own decisions,’ writes blogger Richard Silverstein, so why should Bronner have to pay for his son’s actions?
This blog agrees:
‘I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but transferring Bronner from Jerusalem for his son’s decisions borrows from the same grotesque epistemology with which people were transferred to the Gulag for their son’s decisions.’
How much do you want to know about the people who bring you the news? Is Ethan Bronner responsible for the actions of his own family?