The New York Times: Home of Disgraced Editors, Shady Reporters & Agenda-Driven Foreign Correspondents?

From Judith Miller to Dean Baquet to Ethan Bronner

NYTI am certain all of you know of the infamous New York Times reporter Judith Miller. You know, the dark lady who worked with the Bush administration’s Pentagon to sell us the war with Iraq - based on planted made-up stories on WMD; the one who was involved in the Plame case? The one who ended up not getting fired, but retired from the New York Times, took a job with the Fox News Channel, and joined the conservative Manhattan Institute think-tank? Yes, that Judith Miller you all know about.

I am sure many of you are aware of the New York Times decision to cover up and bury the story on NSA’s illegal domestic wire tapping program. Right? They were later forced to admit that they held the story on the eve of the 2004 presidential election. Basically, they protected the Bush administration and helped them get reelected.

I believe some of you are also familiar with the New York Times’ decision to hire the disgraced LA Times editor, Dean Baquet, after he was exposed for killing AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein’s documented revelations, and voluntarily disclosing those revelations to Negroponte and the head of NSA, Michael Hayden. Exactly! This same man was later hired by the New York Times and put in charge as head of their Washington DC Bureau - the perfect place for a rat who buries stories and leaks whistleblowers and their information to government officials.

BronnerWell, here is the latest on another New York Times character with a questionable pedigree who is positioned by the paper in another strategically sensitive and important division:

New York Times fails to disclose Jerusalem bureau chief's conflict of interest

The New York Times has all but confirmed to The Electronic Intifada (EI) that the son of its Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner was recently inducted into the Israeli army. Over the weekend, EI received a tip suggesting this had been the case and wrote to Bronner to ask him to confirm or deny the information and to seek his opinion on whether, if true, he thought it would be a conflict of interest.

Susan Chira, the foreign editor of The New York Times wrote in an email to The Electronic Intifada this morning:"Ethan Bronner referred your query to me, the foreign editor. Here is my comment: Mr. Bronner's son is a young adult who makes his own decisions. At The Times, we have found Mr. Bronner's coverage to be scrupulously fair and we are confident that will continue to be the case."

The Electronic Intifada also wrote to Clark Hoyt, the public editor of The New York Times, to confirm the information and ask for an opinion on whether this constituted a conflict of interest, but had yet to receive a response.Bronner, as bureau chief, has primary responsibility for his paper's reporting on all aspects of the Palestine/Israel conflict, and on the Israeli army, whose official name is the "Israel Defense Forces."


Read the rest here.

How should we characterize New York Times’ criteria when it comes to selecting, hiring, and promoting their reporters for strategically important divisions of reporting? Do they have an unwritten but consistently practiced policy which says ‘Thou shall be a government approved rat, tied to special interests and agenda, shady and unethical by any standards, to be selected and placed in high places?

Am I being fair?

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  1. I think you’re being very fair. I don’t know much about Judith Miller besides what you mentioned, but with these three cases—when you think about it logically, it seems like the major basic journalistic ethics were violated. The responsibility of the “fourth estate” to expose leaders and politicians when that interest serves the public good was violated with waiting on the NSA story until after the election, protecting your sources was violated with the ratting out of Mark Klein, and “don’t print lies” or more charitably “due diligence” was violated by Judith Miller. I find myself in this mindset a lot when thinking about current events and politics in the US—logically, it seems like so many things are obviously total outrages and should get politicians or journalists or businessmen fired or put in front of a court or at least not promoted, but the opposite happens. I’m at a loss as to the cause of this literal sorry state of (current) affairs. Maybe there’s been so many widespread colossal lies and betrayals by the US government with 9/11 and the “war on terror” that in order to work in the media that believes the official history, you *have* to be a bad journalist?


    On Laurie Mylorie and her works of stunning fiction. –

    “Her co-writer on that work of (extremely thin) amazing fantasy? One Judith Miller, later to come to fame — or at least infamy — as a New York Times fiction writer herself. Fiction writer, or ‘stenographer’, as she took down her astounding works of stunning fiction verbatim from her Neocon bosses? Her short-hand, dictation and typing speed were satisfactory, but unfortunately for her, if not for the rest of US, management were forced to let her go on grounds of accuracy when the other fiction writers at that organ protested that she was making them look bad. Some unkind readers have commented that that would be impossible because the organ in question had lost any shred of its unearned reputation through decades of burying the truth, pandering to power and of failing to connect any dots at all, except when it suited the organ’s owners.”

    “For chapter and verse on this harsh word see Noam Chomsky, on the NY Times’s coverage of Indonesia’s genocide in East Timor in Manufacturing Consent and Gore Vidal’s magnificent dissection of that organ’s deliberate burying of all the facts on the Florida vote in the stolen 2000 election. Together they are so damning that to now quote the NYT about anything, except to point out where they are being disingenuous, is to deliberately cease to use independent or presumed-accurate sources.”

    Manufacturing Consent – Noam Chomsky – East Timor story –

    “Watchers of Noam Chomsky, or Danny Schechter, on video — will not be surprised that the so-called paper of record — the New York Times — was, and is, extremely biased. Chomsky was one of very few with the ability, the willingness and the time to decipher its arcane systems of disingenuous manipulation of its ‘news’. Noam Chomsky suggests reading stories backwards because they usually bury the real facts in the end paragraphs — they usually lie by obfuscation rather than outright. But this is way too much hard work for mere mortals who may prefer to ignore them instead.”

    “You thought that ‘lying’ was not part of the MSM’s job? Welcome to the real world. Notice anything odd about the last eight years, like proto-fascism or the slaughter of 1.5m Iraqis? No? Oh well, there is always “Hope” and “Change.” Don’t hold your breath.” – Manufacturing Consent – Google and trailer –

    “Gore Vidal wrote a classic article deciphering the NYT’s lying-through-its-teeth reporting of the 2000 election. The truth was artfully hidden in paragraph sixteen. Vidal’s description of the deception was a thing of beauty. “Times Cries Eke! Buries Al Gore.” ” –

    From ‘FICTION WRITERS OF THE WORLD REJOICE’, comment to Bush Pentagon Hired Conspiracy Theorist As Al Qaeda Specialist

  3. Bill Bergman says:

    I suppose one way to address your last question is to construct hypotheticals, e.g., what if a newspaper hired someone whose son was inducted into the Canadian army, or if they hired a Palestinian whose son was known to be active in resistance efforts. Then think about how likely either of those cases might be, and what conflicts they might imply. Certainly, in the case you report, the possibility of a problem arises at a minimum.

    Ethics in journalism, like ethics everywhere, poses interesting questions.

  4. This is one reason why I’ll never pay for a NYT copy. I stay away from reading it online unless I have to.

    That being said, some say boycott them and they’ll change. I don’t think that would work. Most people are so used to having an actual printed paper in their hand that they would just go to another one.

    What do you do then?

  5. Absolutely being fair!! That is the only reason why he is in this position to begin with…

  6. The Empire’s ‘paper of record,’ that has shown it loves being cheerleader for the ‘Wars for Wall Street and Israel’ crowd.

    Comments I left on various NYT stories were almost always deleted. I never used any curse words, nor did I make any threats, just asked some hard questions about the USA’s dealings with Israel.

    However, comments that stated the USA needed to jail all Muslim Americans or turn certain Muslim countries into a radioactive wasteland weren’t deleted.

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

  7. Sibel – this says volumes about your subject matter.

    On 9-9-01 – just two days before Osama Bin Laden’s attack on the US – the NY Times published a lengthy and chilling article about Osama Bin Laden by reporter John Burns. Some time after 9-11, the Times SCRUBBED this article, replacing it with a completely different article that Burns wrote on 9-12. Both articles discuss a 2-hour videotape by Bin Laden that intelligence agencies first saw in June 2001, but ignored until September. Why was the 9-9 article scrubbed? Read it yourself – we’ve UNSCRUBBED it.

  8. Well, I’m BOILING NOW.

    I’ve attempted to post a link to a scrubbed article from the NYT about bin Laden and apparently the PTB are not allowing it.

  9. yep, I wonder if they have a warrant. I’ve never been presented with one, in all these years.

  10. Hi Sibel,

    Just submitted my next piece on random selection for federal elective offices to you. One point I’d like to make vis 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks. More people in government and the military were fired or disciplined over the Minot/Barksdale Loose Nukes episode than were ever fired for their conduct during 9/11 or in any of the subsequent terror attacks or wars we’ve fought since.

  11. So don’t they make me look like an ass….as usual.

    No comments needed as to my ass-Holiness.
    I get plenty of those elsewhere on the net.

  12. God lady, is the answer prior restraint? Judith Miller was captured by the American Government while living and working in… America. I think the MTSA is blocking the recovery of my notebook with the details?

  13. Shit, Sibel, you’re being charitable by my standards. These clowns are not just apologists for genocide, ethnic cleansing, think war on drugs, millions of citizen informers, perpetual paroxysms of violence while the CIA actually brings in the poison, 95% of people in prison are minorities; no, these people are criminal accomplices to the perpetual genocide the CIA and wealthy private interests have perpetrated not just against people overseas but right here at home.

    Here’s the proof of who their real masters have been all along:

    The instigators of MOCKINGBIRD were Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham was the husband of Katherine Graham, today’s publisher of the Washington Post. In fact, it was the Post’s ties to the CIA that allowed it to grow so quickly after the war, both in readership and influence. (8)
    MOCKINGBIRD was extraordinarily successful. In no time, the agency had recruited at least 25 media organizations to disseminate CIA propaganda. At least 400 journalists would eventually join the CIA payroll, according to the CIA’s testimony before a stunned Church Committee in 1975. (The committee felt the true number was considerably higher.) The names of those recruited reads like a Who’s Who of journalism:
    Philip and Katharine Graham (Publishers, Washington Post) William Paley (President, CBS) Henry Luce (Publisher, Time and Life magazine) Arthur Hays Sulzberger (Publisher, N.Y. Times)
    Jerry O’Leary (Washington Star) Hal Hendrix (Pulitzer Prize winner, Miami News) Barry Bingham Sr., (Louisville Courier-Journal) James Copley (Copley News Services) Joseph Harrison (Editor, Christian Science Monitor) C.D. Jackson (Fortune) Walter Pincus (Reporter, Washington Post) ABC NBC Associated Press United Press International Reuters Hearst Newspapers Scripps-Howard Newsweek magazine Mutual Broadcasting System Miami Herald Old Saturday Evening Post New York Herald-Tribune
    Perhaps no newspaper is more important to the CIA than the Washington Post, one of the nation’s most right-wing dailies. Its location in the nation’s capitol enables the paper to maintain valuable personal contacts with leading intelligence, political and business figures. Unlike other newspapers, the Post operates its own bureaus around the world, rather than relying on AP wire services. Owner Philip Graham was a military intelligence officer in World War II, and later became close friends with CIA figures like Frank Wisner, Allen Dulles, Desmond FitzGerald and Richard Helms. He inherited the Post by marrying Katherine Graham, whose father owned it.
    After Philip’s suicide in 1963, Katharine Graham took over the Post. Seduced by her husband’s world of government and espionage, she expanded her newspaper’s relationship with the CIA. In a 1988 speech before CIA officials at Langley, Virginia, she stated:
    We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things that the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.
    This quote has since become a classic among CIA critics for its belittlement of democracy and its admission that there is a political agenda behind the Post’s headlines.

    The Origins of the Overclass

    All of them (and their masters) should be exposed throughly, clinically, given a very public trial and imprisoned, punished harshly for attempting to manipulate the nation but of course AINT GONNA HAPPEN WITH THESE KANGAROO COURTS AND BRIBED-STIFF AND SPINELESS CONGRESS WHICH ARE PART AND PARCEL OF THE CORRUPTION.

    Oh, and their wealth should be “forfeited”… hehehe one of their favorite “tools”

  14. 344thBrother says:

    Fairness aside I’d say you’re astute and accurate as always. 😀

    For a long time, I’ve been saying that in order to get into high office, (In government) one must agree to immediately start supporting and instituting the most despicable, criminal, insane policies possible. I don’t think it’s really important to the powers that be what those policies are, just that they’re radical and horrible. This keeps all us frogs running (hopping) in circles like a hunting dog in a valley FULL of game birds. It’s sensory overload, and it’s a tactic. It causes a form of panic, hysteria, and in some cases depression and paralysis, all good things if you’re a criminal ruler.

    The same thing can be said of major media and I suppose most mega corporations as well. If you want to play with the Big Boys, you have to do big bad stuff.

    Am I being fair?
    peace on earth
    Dave Short

  15. Another NBCBSABC al CIA duh mystery?

    Lori’s Liberal Realm: THE TRUTH ABOUT FLIGHT 253 HAS BEEN REVEALED- By Kurt Haskell

    Since our flight landed on Christmas Day, Lori and I have been doing everything in our power to uncover the truth about why we were almost blown up in the air over Detroit. The truth is now finally out after the publication of the following Detroit News article:

    Now it all becomes apparent. Let me detail everything we know about the “Sharp Dressed Man” (SDM).
    1. While being held in Customs on Christmas Day, I first told the story of the SDM.
    2. My story has never changed.
    3. The FBI visited my office on December 29, 2009, and showed me a series of approximately 10 photographs. None were of the SDM. I asked the FBI if they brought the Amsterdam security video to help me identify the SDM, but they acted as though my request was ridiculous. The FBI asked me what accent the SDM spoke in and I indicated that he had an American accent similar to my own. I further indicated that he wore a tan suit without a tie, was Indian looking, around age 50, 6’0″ tall and 250-260 lbs. I further indicated that I did not believe that he was an airline employee and that he was not on our flight.
    4. During the first week of January, 2010, Dutch Military Police and the FBI indicated that over “200 Hours” of Amsterdam airport security video had been reviewed and it “Shows Nothing”.
    5. The mainstream media picked up the “Shows nothing” story, which slanders my story. After visiting my office twice for a flight 253 special, Dateline NBC and Chris Hanson indicated that my story was “Unsubstantiated rumor dispelled as myth” and our story did not air during the tv special.
    6. On January 2, 2010, I receive a call from a flight 253 passenger who indicated to me that it may be in my best interest to stop talking publicly about the SDM because he believes I am “wrong” in what I saw. He did not make any claim that he saw the SDM boarding gate incident at all. This call was made out of the blue after he made a “revelation” of this event on January 1, 2010. I later discover that this caller has ties to the U.S. Government.
    7. On January 20, 2009, current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Michael E. Leiter, made a startling admission. Leiter indicated that: “I will tell you, that when people come to the country and they are on the watch list, it is because we have generally made the choice that we want them here in the country for some reason or another.”
    8. On January 22, 2010, CongressDaily reported that intelligence officials “have acknowledged the government knowingly allows foreigners whose names are on terrorist watch lists to enter the country in order to track their movement and activities.”

    The U.S. government provided no explanation for the reason my story was initially discounted.

    10. The SDM could not be from Al Qaeda. When speaking at the counter in Amsterdam, the SDM said the following “He is from Sudan, we do this all the time”. Who is “we”? If it is Al Qaeda, you surely don’t make such a statement to an airposrt security official.
    11. The SDM could not be from airport security. The SDM did not dress in any secuirty uniform and did not appear to have any security badge. The SDM did not speak with a Dutch accent. The SDM dressed in a suit coat and pants. If the SDM was a higher up security official, he would not have to convince the ticket agent to let Mutallab on the plane without a valid passport. Instead, he would just order her to do it.
    12. Could the SDM have been a U.S. Government official? He dressed in a suit and not a security uniform. Check. He indicated we do this all the time. Could “we” be the U.S. Government? Check. He spoke Enlish with an American accent. Check. Would he need to convice the ticket agent that this was a normal procedure to allow boarding without a passport? Check. Would he have the ability to obtain such clearance? Check. Could he enter this security area even though he wasn’t a passenger? Check. Would the ticket agent likely refer this request to a manager? Check. Would the U.S. Government not want this information public and try to hide it? Check.
    13. The Amsterdam security video has not been released. A much more minor airport security violation occurred at the Newark New Jersay airport several days after the flight 253 incident. That video was released shortly thereafter.
    14. Senators Levin and Stabenow, as well as Congressman Dingle, all refuse to discuss the matter with me.

    Ain’t go no time to look into these claims, why al CIA duh types have been sighted coming over the Mexican border, carrying knives they’ll use to slit your throat.

    See, I told you they hate our freedoms.

  16. Dear Sibel et al.,

    The NYT and the AP are the most prolific sources of fraudulent US-empire state-worship in the world. That said, ponder the following.

    — To what extent are those hundreds of AP staffers and scores of bureaus being protected by those hundreds of U.S. military bases all over the world? What would happen to the AP’s operations in very dangerous regions and war zones (Iraq, Afghan., IOPTs, etc.), should those unconstitutional military bases somehow disappear?

    — Where do all those Jerusalem AP bureau staffers live? How many live in illegal, U.S.-subsidized, Israeli colonies? In occupied Jerusalem?

    — To what extent do Israeli military censors, pro-Israeli PR outfits, and the local militant Israeli population (“settlers”) exert influence (e.g., blackmail, terrorize) on the AP’s reportage out of Jerusalem and the IOPTs?

    — Is it far-fetched to hypothesize that the billions in U.S.-taxpayer money, which subsidizes the Israeli occupation, also (if indirectly) subsidizes the AP’s and the NYT’s operations in the IOPTs?

    I imagine it would be highly enlightening (and damning) to find out the educated answers to some of these questions.

    BTW: Who hasn’t seen the picture of the U.S. and Iraqi flags and U.S. soldiers in the upper right corner of the screen on the AP’s Web site? (See: What does that, alone, say about this allegedly unbiased source of “independent news and information”?


    I took off the ) at the link you posted Daniel Peacefully. 🙂

    Now it works.

  18. Thank you, True Oil.

    (I was wondering why the parenthesis stuck to the url like that, lol.)

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