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NYT Disinformation on Russia and Putin

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Anything about Russia and Putin is red meat for Times criticism.

Facts, fairness and responsible journalism are swept aside in its relentless spewing of anti-Russia/Putin venom.

Russia’s leader values mutual cooperation with all his counterparts. Not according to Times disinformation, claiming “the Kremlin is betting that Mr. Putin can stage-manage the event so that he comes out looking like the stronger party.”

Fact: That’s Trump’s style and how most other US leaders operate, not Putin.

The Times: “(I)f Trump agrees to work with Mr. Putin despite a list of Russian transgressions beginning with the annexation of Crimea and ending with its interference in the 2016 presidential election, he will also look weak while Mr. Putin can claim that he reconstructed the relationship.”

Fact: No so-called “Russian (geopolitical) transgressions” occurred – no “annexation of Crimea,” no “interference” in America’s election, no subversive acts or other nefarious things for strategic advantage.

Fact: Putin wants a relationship with Trump based on a foundation of mutual respect for their respective countries’ sovereignty – no one-upmanship wanted or tolerated.

The Times: “There is some speculation that Mr. Trump may be glibly walking into a trap where he will be played by the Russian leader.”

Fact: What rubbish, typical Times misreporting and turning truth on its head.

The Times: “Some in (America and) the West view Mr. Putin with new distrust given the sense that Russia has abandoned cooperation in favor of actively working to undermine Western alliances and open, democratic systems.”

Fact: Truth is polar opposite, what The Times never explains.

The first face-to-face meeting between both leaders was too brief for much more than touching on important issues for both countries – what full-fledged summits are all about to address.

Whether one will be held is up to Washington. Putin is ready for serious detailed talks if Trump is willing.

Expect no breakthroughs on any issues at the G20 – or ahead anytime as long as neocons determine US policies.

Separately, The Times reported dubious information supplied by the FBI and DHS, claiming likely Russian hackers penetrated the computer networks of nuclear power plant facilities, along with manufacturing plants in America and abroad.

Like previous accusations of alleged Russian hacking, no evidence was presented, just dubious accusations with nothing supporting them.

On the one hand, The Times said alleged hackers aren’t known. On the other, it claimed they “mimicked those of the organization known to cybersecurity specialists as “Energetic Bear,” the Russian hacking group that researchers have tied to attacks on the energy sector since at least 2012.”

No evidence of Russian involvement in hacking America’s election, its power grid, anything else in the country or anywhere else exists.

Accusations without credible proof are baseless – Russia the favorite target for malicious finger-pointing.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.