Feigning moral outrage, the Times’ Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime By Barry Grey

18 October 2018 — WSWS

Leave it to Thomas Friedman, the New York Times’ chief foreign affairs commentator, to outdo his colleagues at the nation’s foremost sounding board for CIA propaganda when it comes to hypocrisy and deceit. This he has achieved in an op-ed piece on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi published in Wednesday’s print edition under the headline “America’s Dilemma in Saudi Arabia.”

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The Battle for Our Minds By Patrick LAWRENCE

26 September 2018 — Consortium News

After reading The New York Times piece “The Plot to Subvert an Election” I put the paper down with a single question.

Why, after two years of allegations, indictments, and claims to proof of this, that, and the other did the newspaper of record—well, once the newspaper of record—see any need to publish such a piece? My answer is simple: The orthodox account of Russia-gate has not taken hold: It has failed in its effort to establish a consensus of certainty among Americans. My conclusion matches this observation: The orthodox narrative is never going to achieve this objective. There are too many holes in it.

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New York Times’ fraudulent “election plot” dossier escalates anti-Russia hysteria By Bill Van Auken

21 September 2018 — WSWS

The New York Times published a fraudulent and provocative “special report” Thursday titled “The plot to subvert an election.”

Replete with sinister looking graphics portraying Russian President Vladimir Putin as a villainous cyberage cyclops, the report purports to untangle “the threads of the most effective foreign campaign in history to disrupt and influence an American election.”

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NYT Admits That Its “Mountain of Evidence” For Russian Collusion Is Smaller Than A Molehill By Moon of Alabama

20 September 2018 — Moon of Alabama

The New York Times spends 10,000 words in some 199 paragraphs on the alleged ‘Russian influence’ in the U.S. election.

The Plot to Subvert an Election – Unraveling the Russia Story So Far

For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack —hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means.

The long piece is a repetition of unproven intelligence claims, spin around a few facts and lots of innuendo. Few readers will ever digest it in full.

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NYT Sees 'Dystopia' in Chinese Surveillance—Which Looks a Lot Like US Surveillance By Jim Naureckas

10 July 2018 — FAIR

NYT: Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

In China, the New York Times (7/8/18) sees facial recognition as a sign of dystopia; in the West, the Times(7/9/18) reports on Amazon‘s promotion of the same technology as a “reputational risk.”

There’s a category of story we call “Them Not Us”—US media reporting on problems abroad, and seemingly not noticing that they have the same problems at home. There’s a great example of that in the New York Times (7/8/18), headlined “Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: AI, Shame and Lots of Cameras.”

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Korean Voices Missing From Major Papers’ Opinions on Singapore Summit By Adam Johnson

21 June 2018 — FAIR

WaPo: Americans Have Figured It Out: North Korea Won!

The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin (6/17/18) epitomized the zero-sum takes of US pundits.

In major-paper opinion coverage of the Singapore summit, the people with the most to lose and gain from the summit, the people whose nation was actually being discussed—Koreans—were almost uniformly ignored. 

Three major US papers—the New York TimesWashington Post and Wall Street Journal—had only one Korean-authored op-ed out of 41 opinion pieces on the subject of the Korean peace talks.

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NYT Carries IDF Attack on Murdered Medic–Reveals It’s a Smear in 20th Paragraph

11 June 2018 — FAIR

by Adam Johnson

NYT: Israeli Video Portrays Medic Killed in Gaza as Tool of Hamas

Journalism how-not-to: New York Times (6/7/18) puts the attack in the headline, reveals it’s a smear in paragraph 20.

A reporter at the most influential paper in English-language media appears to not know the difference between a government “tightly editing” and selectively editing video.

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With Literal Nazis Running for Office, NYT Suggests Candidate’s Israel Criticism Is Antisemitic By Adam Johnson

6 June 2018 — FAIR

NYT: Democratic Candidate Who Criticized Israel Faces Charges of Antisemitism

The New York Times (5/29/18) crafts its headline around a baseless charge from political enemies.

Eight overt white nationalists are running for office in 2018—a new record, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Overt fascists, inspired by the rise of President Donald Trump, have found a place both within and just outside the margins of the official Republican Party. Over 20,000 people voted in a GOP primary this past March for former American Nazi Party member Art Jones, making him the Republican candidate for the US House in Illinois’ 3rd District. Patrick Little, who told NBC (5/3/18) that the “monstrous nature of the Jewish people must be known to the public,” ran as a Republican for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat in California, and got more than 50,000 votes.

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The Empire’s Media and the Quest for Veto Authority in the Americas by Joe Emersberger

6 June 2018 — FAIR

CSM: Pence replacing Trump at Peru summit. But name that matters most is Monroe.

Christian Science Monitor (4/11/18)

In April, the Summit of the Americas in Peru predictably led to articles fretting about declining US influence in the Western Hemisphere.  Analysts were quoted (Christian Science Monitor, 4/11/18) worrying that Trump’s belligerent and racist outbursts would weaken Washington’s power in the region.

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NYT Edit Board Are Last Humans on Earth Who Believe US Neutral in Israel/Palestine Conflict By Adam Johnson

16 May 2018 — FAIR

The fact that the United States favors Israel in its decades-long “conflict” with the Palestinians is not a subjective or abstract question; it’s a well-established empirical fact. The US gives over $3 billion a year in military aid to Israel (more than the US spends on aid for the last seven countries it’s bombed combined), and defends it from sanction almost uniformly at the UN Security Council. Israel’s support from the US Congress borders on sycophantic. The US, on the other hand, gives no military aid to Palestine, and opposes resolutions that even acknowledge Palestine exists—much less support its resistance to Israeli occupation. The US gives some aid to the Israeli-approved and corrupt Palestinian Authority, but this largely serves to buy off the docile and unpopular PA. Continue reading

Media Debate Best Way to Dominate Iran By Gregory Shupak

12 May 2018 — FAIR

The New York Times‘ Bret Stephens (5/8/18) is glad Trump canceled the Iran deal because that allows the US to threaten Iran with “economic ruin and possible war.”

The debate in the New York Times and Washington Post over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran deal, revolves around which tactics America should use to dominate Iran.

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