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The House Committee on Armed Services is investigating claims made by the New York Times. The New York Times claimed that retired Generals were co-opted by the Department of Defense to spread what amounted to propaganda throughout U.S. media to sell the Iraq war. The following letter from General (ret.) Barry R. McCaffrey is in response to a direct inquiry about his actions during this time. I've seen much of General (ret.) McCaffrey's work and it would be difficult to imagine he was part of any propaganda; McCaffrey has been extremely critical about much of the war. I consider him a very reliable source.

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    Jon Jewett · 11 years ago
    In 1932-33, The New York Times ran a series of articles on the Soviet Union by Walter Duranty. That series of articles covered up and excused a mass murder in the Ukraine that was on a par with Adolph Hitlerƒ??s later genocide. During this time Duranty was quoted as estimating ten million people had been murdered. He knew the truth and reported lies. The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for his lies and they still have it.
    From History News Network.
    http://hnn.us/articles/1851.html
    To appreciate the meaning of Durantyism I have collected a few extracts from his New York Times dispatches:
    There is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation but there is widespread mortality from diseases due to malnutrition, (March 31, 1933), page 13.

    Enemies and foreign critics can say what they please. Weaklings and despondents at home may groan under the burden, but the youth and strength of the Russian people is essentially at one with the Kremlinƒ??s program, believes it worthwhile and supports it, however hard be the sledding, (December 9, 1932), page 6.

    You canƒ??t make an omelette without breaking eggs, (May 14, 1933), page 18.


    To my point: The subject story and the Jason Blair story are not new. Partisan lies have been a staple of the New York Times since at least the ƒ??30s. Personally, I have doubts about anyone that reads The New York Times and takes it seriously. A kind of litmus test. Is the person merely ignorant or more likely a self-important fool? Or is he/she the kind of person that finds genocide on a scale larger than that of the Nazis acceptable?

    The General wrote that he reads the Times ƒ??faithfully since I was a 17 year old cadet at West Pointƒ?. He also wrote about The Times being a ƒ??superb American Newspaperƒ?. I have a positive opinion of the General, so I hope that his statements are only rhetorical devices.

    Regards,

    Steamboat Jack

    A few links if you want to read some more

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-10-22-ny-times-pulitzer_x.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Duranty

    http://www.nationalreview.com/stuttaford/stuttaford050703.asp

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33511
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    Douglas Loss · 11 years ago
    Anything initially published in the New York Times must be considered a lie until independently verified. I trust Pravda more; at least they're honest about their subjectivity.
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    David M Editor: The · 11 years ago
    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the - Web Reconnaissance for 05/30/2008 A short recon of whatƒ??s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.
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    Brian H · 11 years ago
    The general's statement is clear, straight, coherent, and infinitely to be preferred to the snide, dissembling bafflegab that passes for reportage at the NYT in these latter days.
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    Mac78 · 11 years ago
    I think the congressman's pandering tone is a bit stomach churning. What disgusts me is that he has the gall to write such a letter to a retired general based up on a New York Times article that quite possibly contains nothing more than hearsay. I don't exactly hold or politicians in the highest regard to begin with. I don't know that I agree with Gerneral MaCaffery's statements about th journalistic integrity and the accuracy of NBC. I certainly don't agree with everything he has ever said or every opinion he has offered but I do respect the man and he is to be commended for self restraint in response to a nonesensical letter. I don't think it would be wise or matrue of me to call refer to the congressman as an ignorant jackass, but it sure seems fitting.
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    E.C. · 11 years ago
    How to stop a war

    In the Vietnam war only 30% of
    the American soldiers going to the
    front line fired their weapons.
    The remaining soldiers had 100% of
    the bullets still in their guns.

    So the individual soldiers own
    conscience kept his finger off
    the trigger of his rifle.

    Which, with the help of the protests
    back in America, helped lead to the
    end of the Vietnam war.

    www.truenewspaper.blogspot.com
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    Freedom Now · 11 years ago
    I went to a Vietnamese wedding last weekend. There were many people there that could testify that the Vietnam War didnt end when U.S. troops left.

    The American leftwing support for the North Vietnamese invasion of the South left them homeless...

    And they were the lucky ones.

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