Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Shame on NY Times for 75 years of genocide denial

Well, if Canadian papers are starting to get it right, it seems their esteemed colleagues south of the border are still getting (and giving) it wrong.

William F. Jasper writes in New American:

The New York Times prides itself on being the national "newspaper of record" and still carries its longtime motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print" in the upper left-hand corner of its front page. If we are to believe the Times' motto, the week-long Holodomor commemoration didn't take place, or at least it didn't qualify as "news." A search of the Times website — using both visual scan and their own search engine — yielded zero results for current or recent stories. ...

There was plenty of Times coverage of other breaking European and World "news" on November 22: an increase in boar hunting in Germany, the semi-retirement of famed French chef Olivier Roellinger, Russian President Medvedev's trip to Venezuela, an inquiry into the alleged crimes of General Franco in Spain during the 1930s, etc.


The Times neglect of the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor is especially inexcusable, inasmuch as the Times served as an indispensable handmaiden to Stalin as he carried out this horrendous crime against humanity. While the communists carried out the mass annihilation of the Ukrainian farmers, the Times assured the Western world that all reports of starvation in Ukraine were merely anti-Soviet propaganda. ...

The Times' defense in recent years — that Duranty pulled the wool over the eyes of the Times — is shown to be likely false. The Gordon Dispatch indicates that it was the Times itself, not merely Duranty, that was responsible for the pro-Stalin, pro-Soviet slant in the Times' pages. But in the case of Holodomor the Times was guilty of far worse than "slanting" the news; it was a willful collaborator in a "crime of the century," a willful collaborator in blatant propaganda to cover up that crime. The Times has never mentioned the Gordon Dispatch. ...

As far as the Times is concerned, apparently, they will be airbrushed out of history, along with the Holodomor commemoration this year and the original victims of the Holodomor 75 years ago.


Full article here.

6 comments:

elmer said...

The actual motto of the NY Times is:

"All the news that fits, we print."

Ukemonde said...

With the fall of the Soviet Union, this must have been the Times biggest tradgedy. They must be dreaming of the good old days, like Putin and his cronnies are today. Having a stooge mouthpiece Duranty spewing lies that here was no famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933, annd winning a Pulitzer for this, go figure. So as they dream of glory days gone by and how good it was, they are missing out what is truly happening in the world. Especially the world recognising the famine was not a lie, must be tough being behind in the Times.

Stanislav said...

After all I've got to know about New York Times black work on Holodomor case it is one of black spots in USA to me. I like USA and almost hate those cynical "clerks of journalism" from NY Times. Not hate really... they disgust me. Never read, never trust this newspaper.

Pawlina said...

Thanks for dropping by, Elmer!

Yes, I've heard of that motto and it certainly fits. :-)

Pawlina said...

Roman, I so agree that the NYT are missing out on what is really happening on in the world, and have been for ages.

What a tragedy for everyone. But for them, how sad it must be to go through life with blinkers on, ducking reality ... and then being so surprised when reality bites them in the face.

Pawlina said...

Stan, you hit it right on the nose. It would seem that a lot of others similarly are growing to distrust that paper... altho management would prefer to blame its decline on falling ad revenues.