‘The New York Times fabricates Russian murder plot’, 3 July 2020, Patrick Martin, wsws.org (w/permission to repost all content)
“Not since William Randolph Hearst cabled his correspondent in Havana in 1898 with the message, “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war,” has a newspaper been so thoroughly identified with an effort to provoke an American war as the New York Times this week.
The difference—and there is a colossal one—is that Hearst was fanning the flames for the Spanish-American War, a comparatively minor conflict, the first venture by American imperialism to seize territory overseas, in Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The Times today is seeking to whip up a war fever directed against Russia, one that threatens to ignite a third world war fought with nuclear weapons.” [snip]
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Freak V-Day glitch? Facebook engine CENSORS iconic photo with Soviet flag raised over Reichstag’, 9 May, 2020, RT.com
As I remember it, it was the same airbrushing under Barack Obomba, but I couldn’t easily find a citation, so…onward.
Xi, not China this time; how coy of him:
‘Blame Xi, not China, for the impact of the coronavirus’, Austin Lowe, Opinion Contributor — 03/25/20, the hill.com (two paragraphs of a propaganda piece)
“To refer to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus,” as Trump and other members of the GOP leadership have, is deeply problematic. It is also misleading. The severity of the virus has nothing to do with action or inaction by the Chinese people; on the contrary, many Chinese citizens should be lauded for their efforts to sound the alarm on the issue.
Chinese experts who will fly to Italy to help fighting the coronavirus pneumonia on 11 March, 2020 © Photo by TPG/Getty Images
‘From villain to hero? After its badly botched response to the Covid-19 outbreak, China now seeks to be the world’s savior’, Damian Wilson, RT.com, March 20, 2020
“While China still faces criticism for its mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak at the start, first by refusing to admit it existed and then by arresting those doctors who tried to raise the alarm, when the government finally came to terms with reality it performed a massive U-turn in front of the entire watching world.
Now, while it seems to be mopping up the worst of its problems at home, Beijing has turned its attention abroad, sending experts and medical supplies to Italy – now surpassing the Chinese death toll from coronavirus with more than 3,400 victims – and Iran, where 1,284 people have died in the pandemic so far.” [snip]
Some local evidence:
Mr. wd called me from Cortez, CO at the beginning of his grocery-shopping misadventure early on Saturday morning. To put it mildly, he was agog, agape, and aghast during his first stop at Walmart. What he found were empty shelves where OTC pain relievers, etc., toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels, and likely paper napkins (he hadn’t checked), should have been. Most canned foods were also absent, and the wage slaves he’s friendly with reported that the meat aisle was likewise…empty. They were all horrified at the mammoth cartloads of shelf-stable foods being tugged about. Meat? Unless the shoppers had large freezers…well, not so stable.
‘Salisbury poisoning unleashed Russian bogeyman … but where are the Skripals 2 years on?’, Simon Rite, Rt.com, March 4, 2020
“It’s exactly two years to the day since the Russian spy and his daughter were novichoked in Salisbury, and we’ve still not seen hide nor hair of them.
First, Part 4 of UkraineGate (of a projected 8 parts) from Les-Crises.fr has been published.
three recent emails:
Dec. 15: “Ed Asner: 9/11 Government Obstruction and Misconduct
Politikḗ on Twitter: ‘Bellingcat’s new magnum opus’
On Dec. 3, this had come in on the Popular Resistance newsletter: ‘Omidyar’s Intercept Teams Up With War-Propaganda Firm Bellingcat’, Whitney Webb, Mintpressnews.com, December 3, 2019…and I’d thought close to ‘holy hell’ not for the third time!’ As I’d reported on that in a compendium diary on Oct. 2019: ‘All the Manufactured News That’s Fit to Believe™’ But when I’d come back and had clicked in to read more closely, at the top they’d noted:
“This article was originally published in October 2018. We are reposting this because Bellingcat recently won an Emmy Award for a documentary film.
Despite promoting itself as an “independent” and open-source investigation site, Bellingcat has received a significant portion of its funding from Google, which is also one of the most powerful U.S. military contractors and whose rise to prominence was directly aided by the CIA.” Well, Webb had named many more funding sources, but I’ll paste it in below the fold just in case you’d never read it and would like to.
Given that a) I figure all their quotes are verifiable, and b) that editor Joseph Kishore has given me permission to use the site’s content at will…I’ll copy/paste freely, as I was sincerely gobsmacked when I’d read this coverage this a.m..I’l ass a c) even though I deplore wsws author Andrea Lobo’s coverage of the OAS/US/CIA putsch against Evo Morales.
‘Who decided the US should fight a “hot war” with Russia?’, 23 November 2019. Andre Damon, wsws
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits the war-hit Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, [Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP]
Most coverage reads like this, following glowing tributes to the Al Qaeda allied head-choppers staged ‘rescuers’, although the Independent cuts right to the ‘Russians claim’ chase.
‘James Le Mesurier: White Helmets backer found dead near his home in Istanbul; Former army officer helped start the White Helmets, credited with saving thousands of lives in Syria (with video evidence of the group’s heroics)
First, a few bits from b at MoA’s: ‘British Government Disinformation Shop Lost Charity Status – Continues In New Format’, Nov. 4, 2019, moonofalabama.org, including the back-story:
“At the end of last year some enterprising ‘anonymous’ person released papers of the British Integrity Initiative. As we reported at that time:
The British government financed Integrity Initiative is tasked with spreading anti-Russian propaganda and thereby with influencing the public, military and governments of a number of countries. What follows is an contextual analysis of the third batch of the Initiative’s internal papers which were dumped by an anonymous yesterday.
Happy Halloween to all…a day for Spooks to have a bit of fun at our expense; so how fitting a report this is today. Part I was here (Cafe version, C99% version). I know many of you know an order of magnitude more than I do about all this, but this issue is of prime importance to what remains of the shreds of Democracy in Amerika to me.
‘Justice Dept. investigation of Russia probe is criminal in nature, person familiar with case says’, WaPo, October 24, 2019, Matt Zapotosky
“The federal prosecutor tapped by Attorney General William P. Barr to examine the origins of the FBI’s probe of President Trump’s 2016 campaign is conducting an investigation officials consider criminal in nature, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Dawn Sturgess, guardian photo
The White Queen to Alice: ‘Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast’
First, a few excerpts from ‘New Developments in the Skripal Case Reveal it for the Sham it Always Was’, Oct. 16, 2019, James Oneill, journal-neo.org
Oneill brings the unbelievable narrative of the Skripals’ having been poisoned by ‘a highly toxic substance where only minute quantities are required to cause an almost instant death, and yet they went to a pub, to a restaurant, and to a lake to feed some ducks. He spends time wondering why in the world some Russian Agents would poison a spy that the Russians had already repatriated to the UK, as well as his (assumedly) innocent daughter, there to visit her father before her upcoming wedding.
Please consider this as a bit of an entertainment break from the current very dark global zeitgeist.
‘Propaganda 101: The New York Times pumps another ‘evil Russia’ plot’, Finian Cunningham, Oct. 10, 2019, RT.com
“The “newspaper of record” New York Times arguably holds the record for peddling anti-Russia scare stories. This week the NY Times delivered yet another classic spook tale dressed as serious news.
Warning: Absurdist Irony Abounds:
From Patrick Martin at wsws.org, Oct. 9, 2019:
‘Why do the CIA assassins and coup-plotters love this “whistleblower”?’
“Ninety former national security officials under the Obama and Bush administrations—and three who served for a period under Donald Trump—have signed an “Open Letter to the American People” defending the CIA officer, as yet unidentified, whose whistleblower complaint has become the basis for the House of Representatives opening an impeachment inquiry into the president.
‘Trump told Russians their ‘bad’ meddling is the same as ‘good’ meddling – WaPo’s fresh Russiagate resurrection attempt’, RT.com, 28 Sep, 2019
“With the US president facing a Ukraine-linked impeachment probe, the Washington Post has delivered a fresh ‘bombshell.’ Not only does Trump think nothing of Russian interference in 2016, he even said as much to the Russians!
It seems fitting that today is Sept. 11, or in holiday parlance: Patriot’s Day. When I’d seen that on the calendar a few days ago, I almost threw up.
‘What spooked the spooks? What we still don’t know about Russiagate (by Stephen Cohen)’, 6 Sep, 2019, RT.com
“But the question remains: Why did Western intelligence agencies, prompted, it seems clear, by US ones, seek to undermine Trump’s presidential campaign? A reflexive answer might be because candidate Trump promised to “cooperate with Russia,” to pursue a pro-détente foreign policy, but this was hardly a startling, still less subversive, advocacy by a would-be Republican president. All of the major pro-détente episodes in the 20th century had been initiated by Republican presidents: Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan.” [snip]
A new victim’s been discovered!
‘Second officer was poisoned with Novichok in Salisbury incident, police reveal’, telegraph.co.uk, August 15, 2019
“Counter Terrorism Detectives, who are investigating the nerve agent attack in 2018, have confirmed that traces of Novichok have been found in a blood sample which was taken at the time from a second police officer.
♫ can’t get enough of that novichok, novichok, novichok...♫
Oops! New York Times corrects Skripal story, says no ‘dead ducks’ or ‘sick kids’ from ‘Novichok’, 6 Jun, 2019, RT.com
“The New York Times has corrected a report that UK officials had shared photos with the CIA depicting children and animals who’d been exposed to the so-called Novichok nerve agent after coming into contact with the Skripals.