Conformist hacks, who in the western world usually prefer to be known as ‘political journalists’, would be lost without cues.
New York Times: Primary Disinformation
They couldn’t possibly do their own research or (perish the thought) their own thinking. Yet they need to know what to think. They like hints on what’s safe to report – and what’s not. With the boundaries of acceptable discourse established for them, they can happily chat, jot, prattle and twitter away, secure in the knowledge that what they say won’t cause any problems for their careers.
Various key organizations provide the much-needed cues. The major news agencies play a crucial role. So-called ‘Newspapers of Record’ are important too. For reasons that defy rational analysis, a few newspapers are widely deemed to be the next best thing to daily tablets of revealed wisdom. Foremost among them, in the USA, are the Washington Post and New York Times. Unsurprisingly, both newspapers are safely under Zionist control and have been for many years.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg: Zionist hackette
The New York Times reportage of the meeting in Washington this week between President Obama and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a classic in dissembling spin. A NYT reader might well imagine that Obama used the meeting to threaten Iran. Fortunately, the words Obama actually spoke tell a different tale.
The NYT indulged in blatant misreporting of a very important meeting, with the obvious intent of making war against Iran seem ‘natural’ – something endorsed by popular US President. Judging by Obama’s words on the record, that’s not true.
Few lies – at this time in history – are so significant. The Times’ misreporting represents an egregious breach of trust with its readers. Sadly, this type of thing isn’t unusual; every day, ‘newspapers of record’ present a falsified – or at best highly selective – account of our times.
David Bromwich: Yale academic, spin-debunker
The good news is that in this instance, someone was reading the New York Times closely – someone with highly developed skills in textual analysis who’s able to explain, with clarity, exactly how the Times has misled its readers.
David Bromwich, Professor of Literature at Yale, applied his crap detector to the NYT and shares the malodorous results with us in today’s Huffington Post: New York Times Falsifies Obama-Netanyahu Meeting.
This is real journalism, at its best.
Worth reading for the opposite reason is NYT reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg’s deceptive account of the summit: Obama Tells Netanyahu He Has an Iran Timetable. It should be subtitled (“We wish!” – Ed). Americans seeking a more balanced account of the meeting are far better off reading the report in Al Jezaeera.
As long as your stomach is well settled, you may be ready to sample the really strong meat in this little saga. NYT Op-Ed contributor Jeffrey Goldberg has a three-page tirade that’s not for the faint-hearted: Israel’s Fears, Amalek’s Arsenal
Jeffrey Goldberg: Life Member, Wackos for War
This is very whacky stuff indeed. It’s a bellicose rant by a prominent American Jew that is disturbingly nutty. It might be amusing – if only the self-styled tribal brethren of this lunatic weren’t in possession of nuclear weapons and other vile means of delivering widespread death and destruction.
One thing is clear: if (God forbid!) a war against Iran occurs, the responsibility lies 100% with the Israel Lobby and the dominant sector of organized Jewry which supports the State of Israel in never-ending war with an ever-widening circle of neighbours.
There’s no way such a war could be spun as a ‘War for Oil’ or ‘War for Christian fundamentalism’ or some deliberate distraction. It would be a quintessential War for Israel – and if nutcases like Goldberg are to be believed, a War that’s essential to ‘Jewish destiny’ too.
When folk throughout the world see the prospect of economic recovery shrivel up in the global chaos resulting from such a disaster – and look around for someone to blame – they wouldn’t have to think too hard before dientifying the cuplrits.
Wise heads in the Jewish community must surely understand this? They really must put their foot down and say NO to war with Iran.
Here’s a few paragaphs of the loopy, extremist ‘logic’ from Goldstein in America’s ‘Newspaper of Record’, so we all know what we’re up against:
…the prime minister’s preoccupation with the Iranian nuclear program seems sincere and deeply felt. I recently asked one of his advisers to gauge for me the depth of Mr. Netanyahu’s anxiety about Iran. His answer: “Think Amalek.”
“Amalek,” in essence, is Hebrew for “existential threat.” Tradition holds that the Amalekites are the undying enemy of the Jews. They appear in Deuteronomy, attacking the rear columns of the Israelites on their escape from Egypt. The rabbis teach that successive generations of Jews have been forced to confront the Amalekites: Nebuchadnezzar, the Crusaders, Torquemada, Hitler and Stalin are all manifestations of Amalek’s malevolent spirit.
Judaic Fundamentalism: very 'un-Christian'
“Iran has threatened to annihilate a state” he said. “In historical terms, this is an astounding thing. It’s a monumental outrage that goes effectively unchallenged in the court of public opinion. Sure, there are perfunctory condemnations, but there’s no j’accuse — there’s no shock.” He argued that one lesson of history is that “bad things tend to get worse if they’re not challenged early.”
One of Netanyahu’s pivotal claims is that “Iran has threatened to annihilate a state”. That, of course, is nonsense – although many people believe it.
It’s a claim based on the ‘Wipe Israel off the Map’ misquotation, which has been debunked again and again – but nothing, of course, prevents Zionist war mongers from repeating lies they find useful to their demented cause in their self-proclaimed ‘Newspapers of Record’.