Frog-marching the Media to the Gallows
By Mike Whitney
02/12/06 "ICH" -- -- No one knows better than the editors of the
New York Times that Iran does not have nuclear weapons or a
nuclear weapons program. The Times editors comb through
mountains of information every day and have not yet produced
even a shred of evidence to support their fraudulent claims.
So what’s the game here? Is the Times willing to sacrifice
what’s left of its tattered credibility just to pave the way to
another unprovoked war?
It seems so.
Apart their from their daily updates, which are invariably
skewed against Iran, their February 8 editorial reiterated at
least 5 times that Iran was developing nuclear weapons.
According to the Time’s, Iran has continued to pursue “its
two-decade long drive to build nuclear weapons”. The editorial
suggests that it would be preferable if the Iranian government
was “more willing to put the economic future of its people ahead
of building nuclear bombs.”
But, where’s the proof? Or is the Times simply circulating the
same speculation, hearsay, and gibberish it did prior to the war
If the Times has knowledge of proscribed weapons-programs they
should come forward and dispute the findings of the foremost
nuclear weapons inspection team in the world (the IAEA), which
has consistently found “no evidence” of nuclear weapons
The Times charges are also refuted by the NIE (National
Intelligence Estimate) which projects that Iran will not be
capable of building nuclear weapons for at least 10 years.
The Times, of course, needs neither evidence nor intelligence to
achieve it objective of fabricating a crisis. They simply rely
on a steady stream of baseless accusations that contribute to
the rising public anxiety.
Judith Miller may have left, but her legacy of deceit still
courses through the paper of record like a raging torrent. The
strategy for manipulating public opinion never changes. The
media settles on a narrative grounded in pure fantasy and simply
repeats the same fiction over and over again from its many
The Times has proved once again that the elite-media is a
steadfast partner in mobilizing the masses for unpopular wars.
Despite the countless thousands of innocent people who have
already been killed by the Time’s fear-mongering coverage of
"imaginary" Iraqi WMD, the editors continue to use the
corporate-bullhorn to call the nation to arms.
It is truly outrageous.
When America’s war of terror finally concludes, the
international community will have to determine the culpability
of the media in abetting the vast devastation, war crimes, and
crimes against humanity. No one should be surprised if the first
group frog-marched to the gallows is the editorial staff of the
New York Times. Their guilt was already established long before
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