NY Post Reporter Responds to WSWS Article: Indybay.org

Chuck Bennett, the primary reporter at the NY Post covering KGIA, responded to the World Socialist Web Site article:

Bennett penned an article headlined “City Principal is ‘Revolting,’” which centered not on the school or its curriculum, but on an utterly spurious attempt to tie Almontaser to a T-shirt produced by a group providing video production training to young Arab-American women.

Friday, September 14, 2007 :Chuck Bennett, a reporter who wrote a series of articles for the New York Post that furthered a smear campaign against Debbie Almontaser, the principal of the Khalil Gibran Academy, a new New York City public school offering courses in Arabic and Arab culture, has written to the World Socialist Web Site complaining that we misrepresented his journalistic efforts by accusing him of “ambush” journalism.

Bennett penned an article headlined “City Principal is ‘Revolting,’” which centered not on the school or its curriculum, but on an utterly spurious attempt to tie Almontaser to a T-shirt produced by a group providing video production training to young Arab-American women. This group happened to have been granted office space in a building run by a Yemeni-American cultural organization where Almontaser is a board member.

The T-shirt bore the logo “Intifada NYC.” The principal’s attempt to provide a reasoned answer to Bennett’s insistence that she explain the meaning of the word “Intifada” was then used by the Post to launch a ferocious witch-hunt, referring to her as the “Intifada Principal.”

The campaign by the Post proved crucial in whipping up a right-wing furor—joined by various Democratic officials and United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten—against the school and Almontaser, forcing her to resign.

Source: Indybay.org

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