From History News Network.
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.
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