Follow-Up Open Letter to New York Times Editors
11 December 2014
By Stephen Lendman
A January 2013 open letter to New York Times editors
was this writer's most widely ever read article.
Touching a raw nerve. Showing increasing numbers of
people fed up with managed news misinformation
Wanting what Times and other MSM scoundrels don't
deliver. Real news, information and analysis.
On issues mattering most. Domestic and geopolitical.
Things affecting ordinary people's lives and welfare
directly. At the most perilous time in world history.
Out-of-control US policies make global war possible.
Madness if happens. The role of the media is to
inform. Fully and accurately.
Telling people what they need to know. Especially on
issues mattering most. What's more important than war
America's imperial marauding. Destroying the world one
country at a time. Or in multiples. Making the world
safe for monied interests.
Fundamental freedoms disappearing in plain sight. US
democracy in name only. Unprecedented wealth
Extremes of super-wealth and growing abject poverty.
In the world's richest nation. Fake economic recovery.
Protracted Main Street Depression conditions.
Inviolable international, constitutional and US
statute laws. Ones bipartisan complicity in Washington
Supporting wealth, power and privilege exclusively.
Letting popular needs go begging. With full MSM
support. The Times America's lead instrument of state
Violating core journalistic ethics. Calling
professional integrity the cornerstone of journalism's
credibility. Stressing public trust, accuracy and
Not according to Times' standards. Refusing to hold US
political leaders accountable. Supporting their worst
policies. At the expense of peace, equity and justice.
Putin-bashing is Exhibit A. Irresponsible by any
standard. No world leader has done more for world
peace. None match his commitment.
None more supports mutual cooperation among all
nations. Or more respects international law
Times editors, correspondents, and contributors bash
his best efforts. Mock his responsible geopolitical
Polar opposite Obama's war on humanity. Contempt for
fundamental rights. Governing under a police state
apparatus. Repeating one Big Lie after another.
Why don't Times editors explain? Telling readers what
they need to know. Supporting right over wrong.
Instead of commentaries like "Putin's War of Words."
Wrongfully accusing him of annexing Crimea. Ignoring
his accommodating near Crimean unanimity to return to
Russia. Reversing a historic mistake.
Citing examples of what it called "strong language to
inspire nationalist support at home and encourage
pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine."
Selecting statements out of context. Ignoring his
Irresponsibly saying his state of the nation address
included "the same aggrieved angry tone he has often
adopted in his public pronouncement since the
Ukrainian crisis erupted in March."
It erupted in November 2013. Instigated by Washington.
Billions of dollars spent planning it. Longstanding US
color revolution strategy.
Toppling Ukraine's democratic government. Installing
fascist putschists. Illegitimate by any standard.
Instituting hardline rule. Denying fundamental human
and civil rights. Transforming Ukraine into America's
newest colony. Plundering it for profit.
Selling off its state enterprises at fire sale prices.
Mandated by IMF diktats. Including paying bankers
first. Mass layoffs. Wage freezes or cuts. Eliminating
social justice entirely.
Granting Western corporations unrestricted market
access. Corporate-friendly tax cuts. Tax increases on
Prohibiting democratic rights. Harsh repression
Imposing enormous hardships on impoverished
Ukrainians. Waging war on their own people.
Confronting Russia irresponsibly.
Letting shadow bankers run Ukraine's economy.
According to economist Jack Rasmus. One from America.
Another from Europe.
Appointing US citizen/Horizon Capital CEO Natalie
Jaresko finance minister. Lithuanian Aivaras
Abromavicius with "ties to Swedish and German
investment banks" new economics minister.
Jaresko a former State Department official. An early
1990s US embassy in Ukraine economic section chief.
Head of Clinton's Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF).
A $150 million initiative. Promoting US and other
Western investments. In newly independent Ukraine.
Profiting at the expense of ordinary Ukrainians.
Earning millions of dollars in fees.
Rasmus called her finance minister role "a unique
position to indirectly funnel the most lucrative
Ukraine investment opportunities and Ukraine company
acquisitions to her Horizon Capital private equity
She'll stay on as Horizon CEO while strip-mining
Ukraine for profit. While serving as its finance
Making millions of dollars by being in the right place
at the right time. At the expense of ordinary
Ukrainians. She and Abromavicius functioning as
"Western economic viceroys," said Rasmus.
John Helmer calls himself "the longest continuously
serving foreign correspondent in Russia. The "doyen"
of Russia's foreign press corps. A longstanding
A political science professor. An advisor to various
governments. Saying a US federal court in Colorado
began proceedings against Jaresko.
On charges of lying to the State Department. Violating
US passport laws. After misleading a Ukrainian court
Getting it to issue a judgment on her behalf. Despite
no legal authority to do so. Helmer cited Jaresko's
former husband, US citizen Ihor Figlus.
Accusing her in district court of "manipulating the
State Department with 'rulings obtained in a foreign
country whose judicial system is widely recognized by
the Government of the United States as being deficient
and corrupt.' "
Pertaining to securing a passport for their
10-year-old daughter. Deceiving a Kiev judge. Getting
him to believe she's a Ukrainian citizen. Not an
Preventing Filgus from participating in proceedings
regarding his own daughter. Getting the court to rule
in violation of Ukrainian law. "(W)hich it could apply
in this matter," said Helmer.
Saying the way Jaresko handled things bears directly
on her credibility as Ukrainian finance minister.
Helmer quoted "a European investigator close to
Ukrainian dealmaking," saying:
"What counts now is what sort of counterparty Jaresko
makes in big-money deals."
"What does the record of what she has done to
manipulate the Ukrainian judge and her contacts at the
US Embassy in Kiev tell you about what she will do to
the Ukraine's creditors?"
"If the US judge (detects) a smell" of impropriety,
bankers may "reach for their nose masks." Or should.
Why don't Times editors report this? Or other major
issues needing explaining. Suppressing important
Featuring Big Lies. Irresponsible Putin bashing.
Mocking hard truths he explains.
Including justifiably accusing Washington of
supporting "dubious" groups ranging from "open
neo-fascists to Islamic radicals."
Why don't Times editors tell readers about Obama's
Ukrainian friends? Abhorrent ones.
Xenophobic, ultranationalist, anti-Semitic,
hate-mongering neo-Nazis. Representing mob rule. In
Europe's heartland. Bordering Russia. Threatening
Supported and encouraged by Washington. Armed with
lethal weapons. Supplied by Washington. Other NATO
states. Used against their own people.
Harassing, beating, terrorizing, abducting and
murdering independent journalists. Russian ones most
Times editors irresponsibly accused Moscow of creating
Ukrainian crisis conditions. Invading its territory.
Arming Donbas defenders.
Involvement in downing MH17. Threatening war on its
neighbor. Intending to annex part of its territory.
Various other spurious accusations.
Based on Big Lies. With no credible proof supporting
them. Longstanding Times policy. Suppressing what's
Using its global reach irresponsibly. Betraying its
readers in the process. Proving all the news it claims
fit to print is a Big Lie.
Substituting managed news misinformation rubbish for
hard truths. On issues mattering most.
Times editors consistently on the wrong side of
history. Don't expect them to explain.
Or report accurately because it matters. Or serve
reader interests responsibly. Or publish all the news
fit to print for real.
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: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III." http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
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