Thursday, September 22, 2016

NYT Bashes Real Democracy in Russia, Ignores Its Fantasy Version in America

NYT Bashes Real Democracy in Russia, Ignores Its Fantasy Version in America

by Stephen Lendman

Times editorial policy appears driven to reach new abysmal reporting and opinion lows, a deplorable laughing stock, especially on geopolitical issues, notably when America goes to war.

Earlier I called the self-styled newspaper of record a lying machine, again proved in disgracefully bashing Russian parliamentary elections last Sunday - a process scrupulously open, free and fair, independent monitors reporting few irregularities, none affecting final result.

Even Times editors admitted voting went smoothly “without many…irregularities.” Instead of praising Russia democratic process, Time editors lashed out despicably.

They accused “Putin and his Kremlin cronies (of) consoldat(ing) full control over Russian politics” - ignoring his overwhelming popularity despite economic hard times usually affecting leaders and sitting governments adversely.

Turning truth on its head, it added (t)wenty-five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia appears to have returned full circle to a pseudo-parliament whose only function is to give a semblance of legitimacy to an authoritarian ruler.”

Russian democratic governance shames America’s fantasy version, serving Wall Street, warlords, corporate crooks, and plutocrats exclusively - one party duopoly rule, election-rigging commonplace to prevent responsible change.

Times editors accused Putin of “demagogic(ally) standing up to” America, wanting “Russia’s imperial greatness” restored.

Fact: Putin forthrightly opposes destructive US policies. So should everyone. He’s the preeminent world peace and stability leader. He says what he means and means what he says - bashed because of his anti-imperial policies.

He’s a mensch in the best sense of the term’s meaning - polar opposite criminal cabal gangsters running Washington, raping and destroying one country after another to achieve unchallenged dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations.

Times editors: “…Putin’s political opponents have been systematically imprisoned, driven into exile, harassed, intimidated and sometimes…killed.”

Rubbish! America is the world champion human and civil rights abuser at home and abroad. Thousands of political prisoners languish under horrific conditions in its global gulag - including by far the largest homeland prison system, the shame of the nation, incarcerating large numbers unjustly.

Times editors: “All the parliamentary election really showed was that those Russians who had once tried to shape a real democracy had been crushed or swept aside or had given up for now” - referring to the deplorable 1990s Boris Yeltsin years, permitting hugely destructive US shock therapy, causing mass impoverishment and unemployment.

Responsible editors wouldn’t let this type trash be published. Times editors disgracefully feature it daily - substituting propaganda for vital hard truths.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.