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The New York Times War on Truth Revisited

by Stephen Lendman Friday, Mar. 13, 2015 at 11:56 AM


The New York Times War on Truth Revisited

by Stephen Lendman

The Times consistently buries hard truths on issues mattering most. Managed news misinformation rubbish substitutes.

Professional integrity isn't its long suit. It violates its own editorial policy on ethics in journalism. It professes one thing. It does another without apology or explanation.

Its longstanding record belies its high-minded rhetoric. Popular interests don't matter. Corporate ones count most.

When America goes to war or plans one, Times editors march in lockstep. Rule of law principles are ignored. So does human suffering.

US installed Ukrainian Nazis are called democrats. Russia and Donbass freedom fighters are blamed for their high crimes.

The most brazen European coup since Mussolini's 1922 march on Rome was ignored. Farcical staged elections were called democratic ones.

Mob rule governance is considered legitimate. Police state repression, massive corruption and naked aggression on its own citizens are airbrushed from Times reports.

Nothing is said about seven high-profile murders in one month called suicides - former Yanukovych Party of Regions Zaporozhyzhye governor Alexander Peklushenko the latest victim.

Former Party of Regions State Property Fund head Mikhail Chechetov mysteriously fell from his apartment window and died on the same day Nemtsov was killed.

Kiev fascists are hardening junta rule. They're systematically eliminating former ruling Party of Regions officials and other opposition figures.

Expect more cold-blooded murders to follow. Thousands of political prisoners languish under gulag conditions. Many more may join their ranks.

Ukraine is a fascist dictatorship run by US-installed Nazis. It's unsafe to live in. Anyone opposing junta rule risks imprisonment or death. Don't expect The New York Times to explain.

It calls fascism's reemergence in Europe for the first time since WW II democracy building. Since US manipulated violence erupted in November 2013, it consistently turned truth on its head.

When Kiev launched naked aggression on Donbass last April, it called area freedom fighters rejecting fascist rule terrorists.

It lies about nonexistent "Russian aggression," Russian hordes invading Ukraine, Russian weapons supplied, and Putin's revanchist aims.

Not a shred of evidence supports its outlandish claims. None exists.

The Times latest propaganda piece headlines "Russia's Endgame in Ukraine." It features a litany of Big Lies.

"…Russia remains undeterred in its goal of keeping Ukraine from moving closer to the West," it claims.

Fact: Russia respects the sovereign independence of all countries.

The Times: "Russia has backed the violent separatist uprising and taken a pivotal role in the talks about Ukraine's future."

Fact: Donbass residents reject repressive fascist rule. They want democratic rights everyone deserves.

Russia has done more than any other country to resolve Ukrainian crisis conditions diplomatically. Putin deplores war.

He's gone all-out for peace and stability. He supports Ukrainians  deciding their own future - free from outside influence, especially heavy pressure from Washington to provoke conflict with Russia.

The Times: "One of Russia's main goals is for Donetsk and Luhansk to become fully autonomous regions."

"In months of fierce fighting, separatists took over government buildings in major cities and destroyed or seized crucial infrastructure, like water pipelines in Horlivka and the rail hub in Debaltseve."

Fact: Russia supports universally recognized self-determination rights  - codified under international law Times editors ignore.

Kiev invaded Donbass. It committed naked aggression. It waged dirty war without mercy - committing horrendous crimes of war and against humanity.

Junta forces continue committing multiple ceasefire violations daily. The Times and other media scoundrels ignore them.

Donbass freedom fighters struggle for rights everyone deserves. They merit universal support.

Donbass is Obama's war. Washington and Kiev bear full responsibility for mass slaughter, destruction and Europe's greatest humanitarian disaster since WW II.

The Times: "While Donetsk and Luhansk will almost certainly gain some autonomy, Ukraine would like to minimize their influence and deny any veto over geopolitical alliances."

Fact: Donbass residents have every right to reject fascist rule. They want democratic rights Kiev rejects.

The Times: "For Russia, a victory would have the eastern regions become autonomous but retain seats in Ukraine’s Parliament, possibly allowing them to derail Ukraine’s aspirations for NATO or European Union membership."

Fact: Russia justifiably won't tolerate Ukraine's inclusion into a US-dominated Alliance committed to replacing its sovereign independence with pro-Western puppet governance.

The Times: "Russia has a string of military bases near the border with Ukraine. When the separatists were faltering, Russia sent weapons, troops and guidance."

Fact: Russia has every right to maintain bases wherever it wishes within its own territory.

America has a global empire of bases in around 150 countries to advance its imperial objectives.

No evidence shows Russia provides Donbass freedom fighters with "weapons, troops an guidance." The Times consistently lies claiming otherwise.

The Times: "Ukraine wants the border sealed…Maintaining the status quo on the border would let Russia continue to supply weapons and fighters to separatists if Ukraine tried to draw closer to the West."

Fact: No evidence supports Times' claims.

The Times: "Crimea was technically an autonomous region of Ukraine until Russia invaded it last year."

"Ukraine was unprepared to fight Russia. After Russia's annexation of Crimea, the West became wary of Russia's expansionist pursuits."

Fact: Russia didn't invade Crimea or any other part of Ukraine.

Crimeans near unanimously voted by internationally recognized free, fair and open referendum to correct a historic mistake and rejoin Russia.

Putin accommodated their wishes. Other responsible leaders would have done the same thing.

No evidence whatever suggests Russian expansionist aims.

The Times: "So far, economic sanctions from the West have not dissuaded Russia. Neither have two cease-fires. Both have failed, and a third, brokered by Germany and France, could collapse."

Fact: Russia more than any other country went all-out for peaceful conflict resolution since Kiev invaded Donbass last April.

Western economic sanctions are illegal. Security Council members alone may impose them - not individual countries.

Ceasefire failed because Obama wants war, not peace. Expect full-blown conflict resumed at his discretion - likely sometime this spring.

Don't expect The New York Times to explain. Propaganda substitutes for hard truths consistently buried - on one major issue after another.

The Times waged war on Venezuela throughout Chavez's tenure. It backed George Bush's April 2002 two-day aborted coup.

At the time, it disgracefully said "Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator."

Under Chavez and Nicholas Maduro, Venezuelan democracy is the hemisphere's best.

It shames America's sham system, its farcical elections, its money-controlled governance, its rule of, by and for privileged elites alone.

Venezuelans get real democracy. Constitutional law mandates it. Not according to Times editors.

It blames Maduro's government for US-instigated street violence - open political and economic war Obama continues waging, including a foiled February coup.

Times editors turned truth on its head in their latest propaganda piece headlined "A Failing Relationship with Venezuela."

They support Obama ludicrously declaring Venezuelan democracy a threat to US national security.

They lied claiming Maduro "persecut(es) the political opposition and limit(s) an independent press…"

They ignored Obama caught red-handed plotting Marduro's ouster. They support lawless sanctions no free society or independent media would tolerate.

They blame Maduro for Obama's political and economic war. They suggest he fabricated a coup plot to boost internal support.

They call model Venezuelan democracy "pariah" rule. They urged other regional governments to "isolate" Venezuela - to return it to its bad old days.

To again make it a subservient uS client state, steal its vast oil and gas reserves, and exploit it people.

Times editors oppose what what free people everywhere hold dear - starting with press freedom explaining what everyone needs to know on issues mattering most.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

Visit his blog site at

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