The lady is a tramp!: The New York Times

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the-lady-is-a-tramp“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dare to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell the country for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press. We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

— John Swinton, New York Times Chief of Staff – at the New York Press Club, 1953

Why would the New York Times make all this noise about its own shortcomings? Why would this center of anti-American propaganda blow this thing way out? It’s the Bill Clinton fire, ready, aim strategy to stifle further analysis and criticism. It’s shoot yourself first before anyone else does – this way you can use a less deadly weapon!

The Times has splattered across its pages a story that is all too familiar to readers of newspapers today: another case of journalistic fraud perpetrated by one Jayson Blair. Blair, a Times reporter, was caught in numerous fibs. The biggie is that another paper, and not the senior editors/managers of the Times, detected the fraud.

Compare Swinton’s statement of reality issued 50 years ago to Arthur Ochs Sulzberger’s feigned surprise and outrage today: “Every newspaper, like every bank and every police department, trusts its employees to uphold central principles, and the inquiry [that was conducted] found that Mr. Blair repeatedly violated the cardinal tenet of journalism, which is simply the truth.” “Simply the truth?” Sure there’s nothing simpler than the truth, but certainly not from the Times!

And hey, who says they forgot to cover their tracks with Hollywood tinsel and glitter. A 75 hundred worder to explain the error. But a one thousand worder on the Walter Duranty scam back in ‘32 where the old Gray Hag covered up the slaughter/starvation of 10 million people workin’ with Uncle Joe would probably be too much to ask.

In a column by Ann Coulter for WorldNetDaily posted September 4, 2002, entitled “Murder for fun and profit,” Coulter begins: “In ‘The Trust’ by Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones, a fawning historical account of the New York Times and the family behind it, the authors describe how the Newspaper of Record conspired to hide information about the Holocaust:

A July 2, 1944, dispatch citing ‘authoritative information’ that 400,000 Hungarian Jews had already been deported to their deaths and an additional 350,000 were to be killed in the next three weeks received only four column inches on Page 12, while that same day a story about Fourth of July holiday crowds ran on the front page.

To find out what the enemy is up to in the current war, you keep having to turn to obscure little boxes at the bottom of Page A-9 of the Newspaper of Record.”

William L. Anderson writing for LewRockwell.com in a piece entitled “The New York Times Missed the Wrong Missed Story,” posted November 17, 2001 expounds on the error of this journalistic icon: “In a recent edition celebrating 150 years in business, the New York Times also engaged in a bit of self-flagellation, calling attention to its meager coverage of Adolf Hitler’s slaughter of the Jews during World War II. Saying that it “missed” the Holocaust, the Times decided to point out its alleged malfeasance on page one.” Sound familiar?

Anderson again: “The New York Times apparently takes a different approach when it is discovered that that one of its reporters [Duranty] writes falsehoods: it all but canonizes the reporter. Yes, by all accounts the Times did a wretched job of writing about the Holocaust, although its reasons are perfectly understandable in hindsight. Yet, a decade before the Holocaust, the Times committed a far greater crime by denying the wholesale slaughter of millions by its favorite dictator. And even today, the leadership of the Times still wants us to believe that it never happened.”

Published originally at EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact.”

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