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The press closes ranks around a deception

May 24, 2009

Our times are not the first in which a compliant press has been complicit in denying vital information to the people in order to protect a movement and a leader.  In the early 1930’s, Stalin was able to starve millions of Ukrainians (The Holodoor, or genocide by starvation) and block outsiders from learning the news.  Shockingly, Walter Duranty, a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist stationed in the U.S.S.R at the time actively enabled this information blackout.  From wikipedia:

The denial of the famine was a highly successful and well orchestrated disinformation campaign by the Soviet government [56][57][58]. Stalin “had achieved the impossible: he had silenced all the talk of hunger… Millions were dying, but the nation hymned the praises of collectivization”, said historian and writer Edvard Radzinsky[58]. That was the first major instance of Soviet authorities adopting Hitler’s Big Lie propaganda technique to sway world opinion, to be followed by similar campaigns over the Moscow Trials and denial of the Gulag labor camp system, according to Robert Conquest [36]

And courtesy the Weekly Standard:

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“There is no famine or actual starvation nor is there likely to be.”
–New York Times, Nov. 15, 1931, page 1

“Any report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda.”
–New York Times, August 23, 1933

“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 Kremlin’s program, believes it worthwhile and supports it, however hard be the sledding.”
–New York Times, December 9, 1932, page 6

“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.”
–New York Times, May 14, 1933, page 18

“There is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation but there is widespread mortality from diseases due to malnutrition.”
–New York Times, March 31, 1933, page 13


I would like to add another Duranty quote, not in his dispatches, which is reported in a memoir by Zara Witkin, a Los Angeles architect, who lived in the Soviet Union during the 1930s. (“An American Engineer in Stalin’s Russia: The Memoirs of Zara Witkin, 1932-1934,” University of California Press ). The memoirist describes an evening during which the Moscow correspondents were discussing how to get out the story about the Stalin-made Russian famine. To get around the censorship, the UP’s Eugene Lyons was telephoning the dire news of the famine to his New York office but the was ordered to stop because it was antagonizing the Kremlin. Ralph Barnes, the New York Herald Tribune reporter, turned to Duranty and asked him what he was going to write. Duranty replied:

Nothing. What are a few million dead Russians in a situation like this? Quite unimportant. This is just an incident in the sweeping historical changes here. I think the entire matter is exaggerated.

And this was at a time when peasants in Ukraine were dying of starvation at the rate of 25,000 a day.

In his masterwork about Stalin’s imposed famine on Ukraine, “Harvest of Sorrow,” Robert Conquest has written:

As one of the best known correspondents in the world for one of the best known newspapers in the world, Mr. Duranty’s denial that there was a famine was accepted as gospel. Thus Mr. Duranty gulled not only the readers of the New York Times but because of the newspaper’s prestige, he influenced the thinking of countless thousands of other readers about the character of Josef Stalin and the Soviet regime. And he certainly influenced the newly-elected President Roosevelt to recognize the Soviet Union.

What is so awful about Duranty is that Times top brass suspected that Duranty was writing Stalinist propaganda, but did nothing. In her exposé “Stalin’s Apologist: Walter Duranty, the New York Times’s man in Moscow,” S.J. Taylor makes it clear that Carr Van Anda, the managing editor, Frederick T. Birchall, an assistant managing editor, and Edwin L. James, the later managing editor, were troubled with Duranty’s Moscow reporting but did nothing about it. Birchall recommended that Duranty be replaced but, says Taylor, “the recommendation fell by the wayside.”

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We must strive to keep the information flowing around the MSM- it seems clear they are circling the wagons and abandoning the rest of us to our fate.

2010 is coming!

Brian “We have the votes” Baird: Reckless Spender

May 16, 2009

Last year, a dozen lawmakers went to New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands on a luxury jet provided by the military. The trip was organized by Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington. Mr. Baird said in a press release that the jaunt was an educational trip for lawmakers to study global warming.

The cost to the taxpayer according to figures in the Congressional Record: $140,000, excluding the cost of the military plane, which wasnt disclosed.
2010 is coming.

American Thinker: The Coming Ice Age

May 12, 2009

“For thousands of years, people have learned from experience that cold temperatures are detrimental for human welfare and warm temperatures are beneficial. From about 1300 to 1800 AD, the climate cooled slightly during a period known as the Little Ice Age. In Greenland, the temperature fell by about 4 °F. Although trivial, compared to an ice age cooling of 50 °F, this was nevertheless sufficient to wipe out the Viking colony there.

In northern Europe, the Little Ice Age kicked off with the Great Famine of 1315. Crops failed due to cold temperatures and incessant rain. Desperate and starving, parents ate their children, and people dug up corpses from graves for food. In jails, inmates instantly set upon new prisoners and ate them alive.

The Great Famine was followed by the Black Death, the greatest disaster ever to hit the human race. One-third of the human race died; terror and anarchy prevailed. Human civilization as we know it is only possible in a warm interglacial climate. Short of a catastrophic asteroid impact, the greatest threat to the human race is the onset of another ice age.”

Something to think about.

Pajamas TV – Afterburner – Jon Stewart, War Criminals & The True Story of the Atomic Bombs – Video

May 9, 2009

This is important to know:

Jon Stewart, War Criminals & The True Story of the Atomic Bombs

Currahee!

May 8, 2009

If you support our military, you’ll love this:

“Lt. Brian Brennan was severely wounded in Iraq and faced unbeatable odds but, as David Martin reports, he made a remarkable recovery with a little help from a special Cherokee word.

‘Currahee!’ ”

via Gateway Pundit: Petraeus Performs Miracle– Brings US Marine Out of Coma (Video).

The “Madman theory of the presidency”

May 6, 2009

Presidential Thuggery:

“This is America. We have a free enterprise system that has worked spectacularly for us for two hundred plus years. When it fails it fixes itself. Most importantly, it is not an owned lackey of the oval office to be scolded for disobedience by the President…”

via The “Madman theory of the presidency”.

2010 is coming …

Tea Parties: Heir to an American Tradition or Ignorance in Action?

April 22, 2009

Various commentators (Gail Collins of the New York Times provides an example of this view) are claiming that the estimated one million people who came out to protest at over 2,000 venues last April 15th are ignorant of the history of Boston Tea Party of 1773, and why the colonists were in an uproar. The argument goes that the colonists were protesting taxation without representation, while today’s tea partiers HAVE representation, so why the complaints? Let’s review the basic history, compare the two movements, and then evaluate whether the tea parties are legitimate heirs to the American tradition, or are merely a manifestation of ignorance in action.

Eyewitnesstohistory.com provides a nice summation of the original Boston Tea Party:

“A series of actions including the Stamp Act (1765), the Townsend Acts (1767) and the Boston Massacre (1770) agitated the colonists, straining relations with the mother country. But it was the Crown’s attempt to tax tea that spurred the colonists to action and laid the groundwork for the American Revolution.

The colonies refused to pay the levies required by the Townsend Acts claiming they had no obligation to pay taxes imposed by a Parliament in which they had no representation. In response, Parliament retracted the taxes with the exception of a duty on tea – a demonstration of Parliament’s ability and right to tax the colonies. In May of 1773 Parliament concocted a clever plan. They gave the struggling East India Company a monopoly on the importation of tea to America. Additionally, Parliament reduced the duty the colonies would have to pay for the imported tea. The Americans would now get their tea at a cheaper price than ever before. However, if the colonies paid the duty tax on the imported tea they would be acknowledging Parliament’s right to tax them.”

Clearly, the issue was taxation without representation, compounded by prior abuse, and the fear that the Crown would use its tea taxation toehold to oppress the colonists at some future date when the time seemed more opportune.

It is the precise contention of modern tea partiers that the current Congress and Administration misrepresented their intentions (by both intent and omission) to drag the country along a course of radical socialization of the society. Tea partiers believe that unprecedented spending, under the specious cover of stimulating the economy, is actually a blunt attempt to buy permanent political power for the totalitarians now ruling by fiat.

It is not enough for a people to be served by those in power who merely purport to represent them. True representation is not a “bait and switch” operation whereby so-called representatives create a false perception in the mind of the electorate, and then opportunistically leap for raw and total power when offered the choice between upholding the ideals of the founders or crass material and political gain. It is clear (from the massive and growing nationwide demonstrations) that many who expected the direction of the country to change from radical partisanship to cooperation among all citizens now feel like they were sold a “bill of goods”. And despite President Obama’s continuing personal popularity, the popularity of his policies has plummeted as more and more people come to the conclusion that the only explanation for the decisions being implemented now, is that our leaders in Washington have stopped listening to us, and are blindly grasping after permanent power.

Who expected that the Obama Administration would attempt to bring the census into the White House in 2010, thereby contaminating the expectation that the 2012 elections will be conducted in a fair and free manner? Who expected that ACORN, an organization that has been accused of voter registration fraud and is under investigation in more than 10 states- would be awarded billions of taxpayer dollars to politic for those currently in power under the guise of “community organizing”? Every new initiative from the Administration puts 10,000 more people in the streets. For every person in the streets, hundreds sit at home and agree.

So to those who criticize the historical literacy of Americans who reject the despotism of a permanent political class which is now working feverishly to lock in a lifetime of power over a free nation, I have a message for your leaders: In the words of Dawn Wildman of San Diego, who organized four tea parties: “We’re seeing how you vote,” she says. “You’re not paying attention to your constituency. We put you there, and we can take you out.”

2010 is coming.

References

Dorell, O. (n.d.). Tax revolt a recipe for tea parties. USA Today, Retrieved April 22, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database.

COLLINS, G. (2009, April 18). Twitters From Texas. New York Times, Retrieved April 22, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database.

“The Boston Tea Party, 1773,” EyeWitness to History, http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2002).