Long Island College Hospital (LICH) loses a lot of money and is being considered for closing. According to the May 3 New York Times City Room blog:
LICH is run by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, part of the State University of New York, which has said the hospital is losing so much money it is threatening the rest of the medical center. SUNY officials have also noted that many of the affluent residents of northern Brooklyn prefer to seek medical care in the more prestigious Manhattan hospitals, leaving LICH dependent on poorer patients whose government health insurance — if they have it — pays less than private insurance plans.It seems to me that hospital is being used - just not used by the "right" people. It also seems to me that a way should be found to save the hospital so that is can continue to serve Brooklyn. Apparently, the Park Slope Food Coop has put its reputation behind supporting efforts to save the hospital, as the Times reports: Park Slope Food Co-op Takes Up New Cause: Saving a Hospital. All that is good.
Now I would think a newspaper article should provide me with some relevant information so I could be informed about the issues regarding LICH. Actually, I would have had to read down 4 paragraphs until I found the one above which describes the core issue of LICH's problems.
So just how did the Israel-obsessed New York Times open the post?
The Park Slope Food Co-op, which fought a veritable civil war over whether to boycott Israeli products, has taken on a new cause célèbre: the fight to save Long Island College Hospital.
"The Park Slope Food Co-op (spelled wrong by the Times) has joined the fight to save LICH," is the only relevant informations that should be in the lede. Instead, a worthy and serious cause is mocked as "a new cause célèbre." The Coop - where only 650 out 16,000 members voted in favor of the Israel boycott referendum (which was soundly defeated by our efforts one year ago) - is smeared as a bastion of support for the anti-Semitic, terrorist-sympathizing, Israel-eradicating BDS movement. The Times manages to link supporting LICH and the Coop with supporting BDS. Way to go.
If you want to be taken seriously for your community actions, then carefully consider the bedfellows you keep.