The New York Times issued a correction on Wednesday for a profile piece on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, regarding a statement made about his wife Sara. The story focused on Netanyahu's "isolation" in his current fight against the lifting of sanctions on Iran during its negotiations with the West.
"Because of an editing error, an article on Oct. 12 about the increasing isolation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, especially when it comes to his insistence that Iran completely halt its uranium enrichment program and that there be no halt to the economic sanctions against Iran, described incorrectly the criticisms that many Israelis have voiced about Mr. Netanyahu's wife, Sara. While her purported temper has been widely faulted, her child-rearing methods have not. (Ms. Netanyahu is a respected child psychologist)," the statement read.
The article's mention of the prime minister's wife was criticized for its irrelevance, and that it does not uphold the New York Times motto "all the news that's fit to print."
Netanyahu's close associate said that the writer Jodi Rudoren sent an apology letter to Netanyahu in which she expressed her deepest apologies for the latter's appearance in the article and for criticizing her in it, saying it was an "embarrassing failure of the editing process." The source, who would not give a copy of the letter, said that Rudoren called the statements about Sara "outrageous."