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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On virtually anything related to Russia, the self-styled newspaper of record is a bullhorn lying machine with global reach.

All the news it claims fit to print is pure rubbish on Russia and other major geopolitical issues – truth-telling banished from its reports.

Its editors, reporters, commentators and contributors operate the same way, feeding readers disinformation, Big Lies and fake news, suppressing what’s vital to explain – notably on issues of war and peace, geopolitics, Israel, and most everything on Russia, inventing reasons to bash Putin and Kremlin policy.

In response to fake news about Kiev-based Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko’s death, the Times and other media scoundrels blamed Russia for what didn’t happen.

Alleged corpse Babchenko turned up alive. US-installed Kiev putschists claimed the stunt was staged to catch a contract killer hired to assassinate him – irresponsibly blaming Russia because Babchenko is a vocal Kremlin critic.

The scheme backfired, destroying Ukrainian regime and its media credibility more than already – even in the eyes of their supporters.

Before Babchenko emerged alive, the Times said “it did not take long for the Kremlin’s denial machinery to shift into high gear,” adding:

“Another case of Russophobia, cried government officials and their media acolytes, anticipating that Russia would be blamed. An attempt to mar the World Cup soccer tournament; a typical example of Ukraine’s ‘bloody crimes and total impunity.’ “

With egg on its face again, the Times failed trying to explain its misreporting, calling “reality…more complicated” with no murder, no corpse, no Russian responsibility for a Kiev regime stunt.

Its explanation fell flat, the Times and other media scoundrels complicit in the Big Lie by automatically blaming Russia – this time for a non-incident.

The Times: “One thing is certain: The Kremlin will seize on this official deceit to show the lengths to which its enemies will go to tarnish Russia.”

Fact: “One thing (for sure) is certain.” The Times and other media scoundrels go way out of their way to invent reasons to bash Russia – at the same time, supporting Washington’s killing machine, waging war on humanity, force-feeding neoliberal harshness on most Americans, so privileged ones can benefit at their expense.

The Times: Denial is “Russia’s reaction to all accusations of foul play, whether it’s the well-documented charges by the Netherlands, Australia and other nations that it was responsible for downing a Malaysian jetliner over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298; or the British accusation that Russia was most likely behind the poisoning of a double agent and his daughter in England; or the charge by American intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the presidential campaign.”

Fact: All of the above is shameless Russia bashing disinformation – uninvolved in Western accusations of foul play; Kiev and Washington responsible for downing MH17, not Moscow; UK and US handiwork behind the Skripal incident; no Russian US election meddling – no evidence showing any of the above accusations are true.

Kremlin denials on all of the above and other false accusations are accurate, plenty of evidence showing US-led Western regimes and their supportive media are liars.

The Times mocked Russian denials, part of its bashing strategy, serving as a mouthpiece for wealth, power and privilege, supporting what demands denunciation.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
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.