NYT Fake News on Aleppo
by Stephen Lendman
Daily NYT editions read like bad fiction, showing contemptible disregard for truth-telling, entirely absent where it’s most needed – fake news substituting.
Coverage of America’s presidential campaign turned The Times into a laughing stock, featuring advocacy instead of unbiased reporting.
The so-called newspaper of record is a national disgrace, notably when America goes to war or plans one, supporting imperial aggression instead of denouncing it.
Its Syrian war coverage is abominable – all fake news all the time, including the just concluded battle for Aleppo. On December 13, it headlined “Assad’s Lesson From Aleppo: Force Works, With Few Consequences,” saying:
“For months, the bodies have been piling up in eastern Aleppo as the buildings have come down, pulverized by Syrian and Russian jets, burying residents who could not flee in avalanches of bricks and mortar.”
Fact: “Russian and Syrian jets” suspended bombing eastern Aleppo in mid-October. No “bodies have been piling up” in streets, ICRC representatives on the ground confirming it.
The Times: “Cold, hungry and scarred by the deaths of loved ones, tens of thousands of civilians and fighters are awaiting buses to take them from their homes to uncertain futures.”
Fact: Evacuation of all eastern Aleppo residents was completed on Friday. They’re safe for the first time in four-and-a-half years – given hot food and medical care as needed, grateful to Syrian forces for freeing them from captivity, held under brutalizing conditions as human shields by US-supported terrorists.
The Times: “This is the Middle East that President-elect Donald J. Trump will face upon taking office next year, a region where jihadists have erased borders, Russia is ascendant, Iran has extended its reach through powerful militias and American allies are questioning how much they can rely on Washington.”
Fact: America created and supports “jihadists” in Syria and elsewhere. Russia, Iran and Hezbollah intervened responsibly to combat them, at Assad’s request.
Wherever “Washington” shows up, mass slaughter, destruction and unspeakable human misery follow. It remains to be seen if Trump intends another way, or whether he’ll continue imperial madness.
The Times: “The siege and bombardment of Aleppo…came after years of conflict in which Mr. Assad’s forces attacked protesters, dropped exploding barrels on rebellious communities and used chemical weapons on their own people.”
Fact: What rubbish! Liberating Aleppo involved a carefully planned military operation, waged against the scourge of US-supported terrorists – monsters responsible for gruesome atrocities, including cold-blooded murder, torture and use of chemical weapons.
Syria destroyed its CW stockpile under supervision of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ‘ representatives. No evidence links its forces with their use. Claims otherwise are fake news.
The Times: “The Syrian conflict did not begin as a civil war but as a popular uprising aimed at ousting Mr. Assad. He responded to protests with gunfire, detentions and torture. Many in the opposition took up arms to defend themselves and fight back…”
Fact: Syria is Obama’s war, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, naked aggression against a sovereign independent country threatening no one.
A so-called “popular uprising” was staged, orchestrated in Washington, a pretext to launch naked aggression. No civil war exists, imported death squads used as imperial foot soldiers.
The Times is an instrument of state-sponsored propaganda – featuring fake news instead of the real thing. Abandon it or stay misinformed. The goes for all media scoundrels.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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