Was a Palestinian Athlete Slandered?

Those who picked up the sports section of the New York Times on Saturday may have been shocked to learn of what the paper seemed to describe as a prejudiced attack on one of the newest members of the National Football League’s New York Jets. According to a feature written by Ben Shpigel, who covers the Jets for the paper, Oday Aboushi, an offensive tackle, and a native of Brooklyn who played at the University of Virginia who was taken in the fifth round of the NFL draft this spring, was the victim of what the headline described as “aspersions.” The Times claimed an article published in Frontpagemagazine.com had unfairly tarred him as someone with “terrorist ties” because of his attendance at a “cultural networking event.” A piece on the Daily Beast’s Open Zion site went further and described the article as a “hatchet job” published by “Islamophobes.”

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