NYT Mocks Skepticism on Syria-Sarin Claims

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Exclusive: The New York Times and other major media have ruled out any further skepticism toward the U.S. government’s claim that Syrian President Assad dropped a sarin bomb on a town in Idlib province, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

In the old days of journalism, we were taught that there were almost always two sides to a story, if not more sides than that. Indeed, part of the professional challenge of journalism was to sort out conflicting facts on a complicated topic. Often we found that the initial impression of a story was wrong once we understood the more nuanced reality.

New York Times building in New York City. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Today, however, particularly on foreign policy issues, the major U.S. news outlets, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, apparently believe there is only one side to a story, the one espoused by the U.S. government or more generically the Establishment.

Any other interpretation of a set of facts gets dismissed as “fringe” or “fake news” even if there are obvious holes in the official story and a lack of verifiable proof to support the mainstream groupthink. Very quickly, alternative explanations are cast aside while ridicule is heaped on those who disagree.

So, for instance, The New York Times will no longer allow any doubt to creep in about its certainty that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad intentionally dropped a sarin bomb on the remote rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province in northern Syria on April 4.

A mocking article by the Times’ Jim Rutenberg on Monday displayed the Times’ rejection of any intellectual curiosity regarding the U.S. government’s claims that were cited by President Trump as justification for his April 6 missile strike against a Syrian military airbase. The attack killed several soldiers and nine civilians including four children, according to Syrian press reports.

Rutenberg traveled to Moscow with the clear intention of mocking the Russian news media for its “fake news” in contrast to The New York Times, which holds itself out as the world’s premier guardian of “the truth.” Rather than deal with the difficulty of assessing what…

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  • A criminal government needs the cover of a criminal media

  • TellTheTruth-2

    NYT = Yellow Journalism … lying on purpose.

  • Ingold Inglorion

    There will be no end of the “deep state” unless the puppet media is taken down first.

  • Brewerstroupe

    It is established that the White Helmets delivered their film to Al
    Jazeera no later than 8am. (Assad says 6.30am.) on the 4th of April (the day of the Syrian Airstrike
    which occurred between 11.30am. and 12.30pm. It is simply impossible,
    given the elevation of the sun shown in the video, for that film to have
    been made before 8am. on the 4th. This is irrefutable evidence that the
    filming was done no later than the day before the Syrian Government
    forces attacked.

  • hvaiallverden

    Yup, hehe, its just getting better and better, and whom in/on this earth bothers to know what the must stinking rotten pack of scums on the planet, packed into one building in NY, thinks.
    Mocking, yeah why not, because accountability and credibility is gone down the drain years ago.

    Of course, when an org like the Alphabet soup, that was to determine if it was Sarin comes to the conclusion, based upon the same Intel as we have, and still this “official” group manages to state its an Sarin-look a like gas or even worse,, we know that this report is only usable to one thing, depends a bit on the paper quality, and thats to wipe our asses with.
    Period.

    Yeah, NYT is an dying shithole, thank god for that.
    Gods speed to the bottom of the pit, arrogance and ignorance, Joos is the beginning of the end, but hey, do continue, pleeeeease.
    Its always an fascinating to watch an Org dig their own grave, like NYT.

    peace

  • tavistock

    The New York Times?

    The same New York Times that declared just a few months ago that they were going to start telling the TRUTH?

    That New York Times?

    Ha.

  • desertspeaks

    the jew york times, a proven rag printed by proven pathological lying psychopaths mocks people who are skeptical of FAKE NEWS.. they’re hilarious! There is no lie they won’t print/champion!

  • ddearborn

    Hmmm

    Ad Hominem attacks, even those of the general nature levied by the Times, are the last refugee of liars, cheats, thieves, and in this case Traitors…….

  • L Garou

    Judith Miller told us so..