Readings – Robert Parry: New York Times and the New McCarthyism

Robert Parry of writes about a “New McCarthyism” fomented by the New York Times and other media in furtherance of a “New Cold War.”


New York Times and the New McCarthyism

Robert Parry, September 7, 2016

Traditional U.S. journalism and the American people are facing a crisis as the preeminent American newspaper, The New York Times, has fully lost its professional bearings, transforming itself into a neoconservative propaganda sheet eager for a New Cold War with Russia and imposing a New McCarthyism on public debate…

Operating without any actual evidence, a recent Times article by Neil MacFarquhar sought to trace public challenges to official U.S. government narratives on world events to a massive “disinformation” campaign by Russian intelligence. Apparently, it is inconceivable to the Times that independent-minded people might simply question some of the dubious claims made by Official Washington.

Perhaps most stunningly, the Times sought to prove its point by citing the slogan of Russia’s English-language television network, saying: “RT trumpets the slogan ‘Question More.’”

So, now, presumably if someone suggests questioning a claim from the U.S. government or from the NATO alliance, that person is automatically a “Russian agent of influence.” For a major newspaper to adopt such a position is antithetical to the tenets of journalism which call on us journalists to question everything.

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4 Responses to Readings – Robert Parry: New York Times and the New McCarthyism

  1. Queries says:

    Fomenting foreign intrigues to cover domestic discord is neither prudent, nor sustainable, and ginning up false narratives about attacking sources by false attribution to obfuscate the damning content of the releases should be dismissed, with attention refocused on said content, which is eminently more important than the source itself. Notice no one is making false exculpatory statement trying to debunk the content due to it leading to potential further legal exposure…

    • Queries says:

      * “debunk the content due to the fact it could lead to potential further legal exposure…”
      Syntax fail 😉

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    “The information of the people at large can alone make them safe as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom.” –Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1810

  3. Queries says:

    Hear, hear…

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