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The New York Times: What Passes for Journalism in the Newspaper of Record
Sunday, 28 November 2010
What matters most is supporting state and corporate power, including imperial wars for profit and global dominance, the real Times agenda.
Overall, America's major media fails the test. It's biased, shameless, and irresponsible with "everything to sell and nothing to tell" as a noted US media critic once said. It delivers a daily diet of "managed news" (propaganda), infotainment, and "junk food news," a worthless mix, treating people like mushrooms - well-watered, in the dark, and uninformed about what matters most. No wonder greater numbers opt out, consuming less broadcast "news" and print media, the kind no one should waste time or money on.
No paper has more clout than The New York Times. Media critic Norman Solomon once called its front page "the most valuable square inches of media real estate in the USA" - in fact, anywhere because its reports circulate globally.
In his April 1998 article titled, "All the News Fit to Print (Part I): Structure and Background of the New York Times," Edward Herman called The Times "an establishment newspaper," serving wealth and power interests, a record dating from 1896 when the Ochs-Sulzberger family took control. Its agenda "persist(s) to this day" as two earlier articles explained: The Record of the Newspaper of Record, and Paid Lying: What Passes for Major Media Journalism.
For many decades The Times has had the lead role distorting, censoring, and suppressing truth, a shameful record:
Journalism, New York Times Style
Predictably, The Times endorsed Obamacare, a March 21 editorial praising it, titled "Health Care Reform, at Last," saying:
In fact, Obamacare is a shameless rationing scheme to enrich insurers, drug giants, and large hospital chains. It imposes marketplace solutions, not vitally needed equitable reform assuring universal coverage, free from predatory insurers that overcharge and profit by denying care. No matter. The Times cynically called it "another stone firmly laid in the foundation of the American Dream....reforms (that) could ultimately rival Social Security and Medicare in historic importance." So much for truth.
A July 15 editorial praised financial reform titled, "Congress Passes Financial Reform," saying:
Rubbish about business-friendly legislation that solidified Wall Street's dictatorship, institutionalized casino capitalism, let financial giants operate freely, gave the privately owned Fed greater powers, and established a toothless Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with little power to help anyone. Its head, Elizabeth Warren, is, in fact, a "watchdog" in name only, chosen because she supports Obama's policies and will follow them obediently in office.
More recently, The Times downplayed the initial WikiLeaks "Afghan War Diaries" release, then collaborated with White House officials to sanitize it, clearing what they published in advance, letting official Washington decide what to print.
Later, The Times public editor, Arthur Brisbane, answered his critics, saying the paper had a journalistic and civic duty to review the material before publishing. In other words, print only what White House officials judged appropriate, not journalists. Moreover, he vilified Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, calling his character "sketchy," then adding:
False! What matters most is supporting state and corporate power, including imperial wars for profit and global dominance, the real Times agenda.
A Times November 10 editorial titled, "Some Fiscal Reality," endorsed Obama team's deficit cutting proposal, a scheme to shift more wealth to the rich, at the same time foreclosing on working Americans with higher taxes and fewer benefits, saying:
It ended saying:
On November 26, The Times ran two shameless articles, among others, both by Randal Archibold, one titled, "Russian TV Kowtows to Kremlin, Critic Says," saying:
Regardless of whether it's true, the hypocrisy is glaring, a clear pot (The Times) calling the kettle (Russian television) black example, and a personal note.
Archibold's second article, titled "Death and Dancing Coexist on Haiti's Tense Streets," acknowledged the cholera crisis, then shifted gears saying:
Dancing in the streets? Perhaps by Haiti's elites, knowing chosen officials will benefit them at the expense of ordinary people valued only to exploit. So much for truth and what passes for "fit to print" journalism.
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