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Reporting on the Holocaust Museum’s Retracted Genocide Study

A short story, in numbers

by
Liel Leibovitz
September 18, 2017
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Number of dead in Syria since the beginning of the war: 500,000.

Number of days since the Obama administration has been in power: 241.

Number of pages in a controversial United States Holocaust Museum report on Obama’s decision not to intervene to stop the genocide in Syria: 193.

Number of days it took the museum to pull the report: Eight.

Number of museum board members contacted by The New York Times: 63.

Number of them who commented on the record: 0.

Number of lawmakers who are museum trustees: Eight.

Number of them who would comment: 1 (“Of all the monuments and symbols in our nation’s capital, none has a more important message than the Holocaust museum,” [Orrin] Hatch said in a statement. “It would be a tragedy for that message to be even slightly diminished by partisan politics.”)

Number of words in the New York Times piece about it: 1,358.

Number of those words that are “Jew” or “Jewish”: 0.

Liel Leibovitz is editor at large for Tablet Magazine and a host of its weekly culture podcast Unorthodox and daily Talmud podcast Take One.

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