Thursday, February 02, 2017

Glaring NYT Hypocrisy

Glaring NYT Hypocrisy

by Stephen Lendman

The self-styled newspaper of record notoriously features biased reporting and fake news, not the real thing on virtually all issues mattering most.

It’s one-sided anti-Trumpism is disgraceful, abandoning a fair and balanced assessment of his campaign rhetoric, pledges and agenda so far in office.

There’s plenty to criticize if done accurately and responsibly. There’s also room for praising what he gets right. He’s only been in office two weeks, his full agenda yet to unfold.

His executive order suspending entry into America was deplorable, targeting six Muslim nations, banning entry from a seventh, Syria, indefinitely on the phony pretext of preventing domestic terrorist attacks from all seven.

Supplying armored vehicles to anti-Syria terrorists, masquerading as moderates, is a prescription for continued war, not resolution.

Failing to denounce US-installed Ukrainian putschists, waging war on their own people suggests no relief for beleaguered Donbass residents.

Approving a commando raid on Yakla village, Yemen, resulting in the massacre of defenseless men, women and children was indefensible. So is continuing drone war on the devastated country and elsewhere.

Times criticism of last Sunday’s raid ignored its support for all US imperial wars, waged on countries threatening no one, responsible for millions of casualties, a catastrophic refugee crisis, and unspeakable human misery.

Earlier Times reports lacked outrage about devastating wars waged by the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama - including genocidal sanctions on Iraq, responsible for the deaths of 5,000 children under age five monthly. 

Only Trump is singled out for criticism. The hypocrisy is obvious.

A separate Times report blasted his “dark view of Islam.” In stump speeches and other comments, he referred to its radicalized elements, wanting Islamic extremists kept out of America.

Washington has had a “dark view” of Islam for time immemorial, portraying Muslims irresponsibly as violent, gun-toting terrorists, especially since the 1990s, notably post-9/11.

It’s not something new under Trump. Obama bombed seven Muslim countries, waged imperial wars in multiple theaters, exceeding the worst of Bush/Cheney.

So far, Trump’s bombing is confined to drone wars, warranting justifiable criticism, especially if he fails to end imperial conflicts still raging, an unlikely prospect, making him a war criminal like his predecessors.

Criticizing him while failing to demand accountability for high crimes committed by the Clintons, Bush/Cheney and Obama is glaring hypocrisy - longstanding at The New York Times.

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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