Thursday, November 24, 2016

NYT Editors Bash Russia on Thanksgiving Day

NYT Editors Bash Russia on Thanksgiving Day

by Stephen Lendman

The Times operates as a press agent for wealth, power and privilege, a lying machine using journalism as advocacy for deplorable policies, disgracefully betraying readers deserving better.

Shameless Russia bashing persists - even on Thanksgiving Day, Times editors headlining “Warning Russia on Hacking Isn’t Enough,” saying:

Obama “hinted at some kind of retaliation…Because Donald Trump, an outspoken admirer of Vladimir Putin, is unlikely to act, it is up to Mr. Obama to hold the Russian president to account.”

Fact: Russia had nothing to do with hacking DNC emails. It didn’t interfere with America’s political process, including November’s election. Not a shred of credible evidence suggests it. Claiming it is a Big Lie - The Times a leading proliferator, substituting willful misinformation for truth-telling.

Its editors irresponsibly want Russia punished before Obama leaves office, including by more illegal sanctions.

They claimed “warnings alone (won’t) be enough to deter Mr. Putin, who has shown no hesitation in challenging America during the post-election transition by continuing to bomb Aleppo, in Syria, and by installing new nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, Russia, near the NATO border.”

Fact: Throughout his tenure as Russia’s president, Washington consistently undermined Putin’s responsible outreach - wanting cooperative relations with America, NATO and all other nations.

Fact: On October 18, Russia and Syria halted aerial operations on eastern Aleppo, focusing on surrounding areas, others elsewhere in the country, combating US-supported ISIS and other terrorists.

Fact: Explaining its deployment of ballistic missiles and air defense S-400s in Kaliningrad, (its most Western territory, an oblast between Poland and Lithuania) Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “Russia is doing all that is necessary to protect itself against the backdrop of NATO’s expansion toward its borders.” 

“NATO is indeed an aggressive bloc. That is why Russia is doing everything that is necessary. Russia has all the sovereign rights to take the necessary measures across all the territory of the Russian Federation.”

Fact: Self-defense is a universal right, permitted under international law. UN Charter Article 51 affirms it, including for protection against imminent or possible threats.

The Times is a malicious force for ill, not good. It’s my main scoundrel media target because of its global influence. 

My mission is countering its misinformation and Big Lies - exposing them to the light of day, the best disinfectant.

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. 


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