This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 9, 2017:
Dana Loesch, the conservative radio talk show host and spokeswoman for the NRA, has cut several videos promoting the pro-Second Amendment group, sometimes with such cutting commentary as to arouse the ire of her intended targets. The latest one that surfaced last Thursday was aimed directly at the mouthpiece of the liberal establishment: The New York Times.
She called out the paper in no uncertain terms:
We’ve had it with your constant protection of your Democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life.
And we’ve had it with your pretentious, tone-deaf assertion that you are, in any way, truth or fact-based journalism.
She used the uncommon word “fisk” to underscore the point that everything that the Times writes will be scrutinized carefully for accuracy. During an interview on “The Story” on Fox News on Tuesday, Loesch explained:
With this particular ad campaign [by the NRA], the whole point is to show the media and announce to the press that [a] free people also have the right to criticize and fact-check the press. That’s why I use the word fisk because apparently the New York Times was completely unaware of a free people’s [right] to fact-check the press, particularly when this is the press that has falsely maligned so many people for so long.
No, Dana, the Times does know but has worked insidiously for decades, even generations, to keep its readers in the dark. And now, thanks to the Internet and efforts by groups like the NRA, the façade is falling away.
The Times’ bias and history of false reporting is legendary. A simple Google search for “Jayson Blair” will uncover the episode where Times’ reporter Blair was fired for plagiarism and fabrication in 2003. Or Google “Duke University lacrosse” for details on how the Times jumped to the conclusion that the players were guilty long before being proven innocent. So blatant was the bias of the Times, in fact, that authors of Until Proven Innocent concluded that “at the head of the guilt-presuming pack, the New York Times vied in a race to the journalistic bottom.”
Or one could Google the more recent bias exposed by the Times’ attempt to marginalize Bernie Sanders while touting its favorite candidate, Hillary Clinton. So outrageous was the bias that Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan was forced to admit it:
The Times has not ignored Mr. Sanders’ campaign, but it hasn’t always taken it very seriously. The tone of some of the stories is regrettably dismissive, even mocking at times. Some of that is focused on the candidate’s age, appearance and style, rather than [on] what he has to say.
But these lies, distortions and falsehoods fade into insignificance when compared to those provided by Timesman Walter Duranty (shown above) and promoted as revealed truth itself for years by the Times before being found out.
Duranty’s deliberate and intentional cover-up of the Ukrainian starvation in the 1930s, known as Holodomor and ordered by Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin, took years to come to light. When it did, along with the massive generational damage it caused, the Times’ issued a polite disclaimer instead of a full-on apology for keeping this pro-Soviet propagandist on its payroll for years afterward.
Holodomor was a Stalin-ordered starvation of the Ukrainian people for political purposes that resulted in a catastrophe that exceeded the Holocaust: between seven and 10 million citizens were deliberately starved to death by the dictator. Wrote Duranty in March 1933: “Conditions are bad, but there is no famine.” And then added, “But – to put it brutally – you can’t make an omelet [a soviet “paradise”] without breaking eggs.”
Months later, while Ukrainians were dying on the streets and sidewalks (chilling photos are available on the Internet), Duranty wrote “Any report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda.”
For his efforts, he received the Pulitzer Prize, damning that group to infamy as well for its part in promoting the false narrative.
The damage he did to the reputation of The Gray Lady – the title applied in days long past when the Times’s reporting was journalistic and not political – was nothing compared to the damage he did to civilization itself. It is almost beyond comprehension. In his book Harvest of Sorrow, historian Robert Conquest wrote:
As one of the best known correspondents in the world for one of the best know newspapers in the world, Mr. Duranty guiled not only the readers of the New York Times but because of the newspaper’s prestige, he influenced the thinking of countless thousands of other readers about the character of Josef Stalin and the Soviet regime.
And he certainly influenced the newly-elected President Roosevelt to recognize the Soviet Union.
Pressure has been brought to bear on the Times and the Pulitzer Prize board to apologize and to return the award. In one of the most mealy-mouthed limp-wristed “acknowledgements” ever penned, the Times wrote:
Duranty, one of the most famous correspondents of his day, won the prize for 13 articles written in 1931 analyzing the Soviet Union under Stalin. Times’ correspondents and others have since largely discredited his coverage….
Some of Duranty’s editors criticized his reporting as tendentious, but the Times kept him as a correspondent until 1941.
Since the 1980’s, the paper has been publicly acknowledging his failures. Ukrainian-American and other organizations have repeatedly called on the Pulitzer Prize board and the Times to return it, mainly on the grounds of his later failure to report the famine.
The board refused to acknowledge its error, finding “no clear and convincing evidence of deliberate deception” on Duranty’s part, and the Times said it couldn’t return the prize given to Duranty because it “does not have the award in its possession.”
The Times’ editors and owners aren’t just guilty of lying, twisting, and promoting falsehoods. They are guilty of treason to the United States.
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