Report: NYT Removes Line Saying AOC Changed Vote Because of ‘Influential Lobbyists and Rabbis’

An Iron Dome anti-missile battery is stationed in the Yerushalayim area. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The New York Times appeared to remove a line from a Sept. 23 article stating that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had changed her vote from “no” to “present” on the Iron Dome funding bill because of “influential lobbyists and rabbis,” the Jewish Journal reported.

The Times article said that Ocasio-Cortez “tearfully” decided to change her vote after a meeting with her fellow Squad members, which the article initially said “underscored how wrenching the vote was for even outspoken progressives, who have been caught between their principles and the still powerful pro-Israel voices in their party, such as influential lobbyists and rabbis.” That sentence was subsequently changed to say that the matter “underscored how wrenching the vote was for even outspoken progressives, who have been caught between their principles and the still powerful pro-Israel voices in their party.”

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt noted that “it’s commendable that @nytimes removed this antisemitic trope, but the paper seems to have a serial problem of indulging in stereotypes and elevating strident voices.

“There’s a pattern of bias that merits investigation. Submitting to a 3rd party review would be a good start.”