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Proto Fascism in NYT Ukraine Reporting

opinionPosted by grim(m)burger Sat, May 10, 2014 11:52:47

Proto-fascism in the West is spreading at an alarming rate.

Whether it is politics leading the press, or vice versa, is difficult to ascertain for “outsiders”. It is obvious however that, almost independent of the “political color” of any newspaper, one cannot deny that Western “burghers” are force fed only one truth in world affairs, and that is the truth held by the leaders of the mediatic ecosystem in Western capitals.

The escalating Ukrainian situation has been the latest example, and an exquisite one at that. Today’s reporting was the cherry on the cake: while Ukrainian tanks were threatening to crush civilians in the streets, actually including one person shot dead at point blank (footage seen on tv), the Int’l NYT thought it wise, and presumably journalistically correct , to only report, in four lines, that “Ukrainian security forces attacked a police station killing seven people in Mariupol”. At the same time, the editor elected to inundate us with Putin’s visit to the Crimea, ad nauseum enhanced by regurgitated opinion about the situation in the Crimea and gratuitous introspection of Putin’s grander objectives.

No mention of Tiananmen!? Did the unarmed protesters that wanted to stop the tanks in the streets of Mariupol have the wrong intentions perhaps – “wrong” as seen from a railroaded Western opinion? Maybe, most likely even, these people had truly peaceful purposes, as in “Stop this Massacre Now!” Why indeed does anyone stand in front of a moving tank, unarmed? Is that not worth finding out? Are we afraid that the answers interfere with our preprogrammed headlines?

And what about applying disproportional force!? Months ago in Kiev, anti-government protesters occupied various buildings (some reportedly still do!) and they were shot at by the then-Ukrainian security forces. The press in the West raised hell and condemnation about undue force and, even, criminal killing. What then does the same press have to say about the killings in Mariupol on Friday May 9th 2014? No disproportional force?

Those of us that keep an open and critical mind for what happens in the world around us, are not surprised that Western journalists cover those killings … under a deafening blanket. I don’t know how you can call yourself a journalist and perpetrate this “lying by smothering” unless you have been infected by a fascistic virus, making you believe that your truth is the only one around, and that it is your duty to spread “The Word” – your word.

Democracy has, meanwhile, many (hooded) enemies.

Saturday May 10th 2014
(Letter to the Editor of the Int NYT)

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