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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On Friday, purveyor of misinformation, disinformation and fake news NYT was at it again. See below.

How long are followers of the broadsheet in print or online willing to put up with its mass deception — while suppressing what’s essential for everyone to know.

Countless examples prove what’s clear to everyone knowledgeable about US domestic and geopolitical events.

In deference to privileged interests it serves exclusively, the Times is a lying machine.

Last June, Times disinformation claimed that “Russia secretly offer(ed)” Taliban fighters “bounties” to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

As usual, no evidence was cited because none existed then or now.

Moscow’s Foreign Ministry debunked the Big Lie, calling it “fake news…nonsense…an unsophisticated plant.” 

Kremlin envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov slammed the report as “an outright fake that even Trump (and those around him) denied.” 

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe backed Trump’s assertion that he was told nothing about bounties to Afghan fighters by Russia, saying:

“I have confirmed that neither the president nor the vice president were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting,” adding:

The NYT report “and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.”

A Pentagon statement said proof of a Russia-Taliban connection to kill US forces doesn’t exist.

According to war department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman:

US intelligence “has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports” — notably by the NYT.

On Friday, the Times falsely claimed “Israeli agents shot Abu Muhammad al-Masri (Al Qaeda’s alleged 2nd in command) on the streets of Tehran at the behest of the US officials (sic).” 

Once again, no evidence was cited. None exists. The Times report was fake news.

Suppressed by the Times is that Al Qaeda and likeminded terrorists were created by the US.

They’re supported by both right wings of its war party, NATO, and Israel — supplying its fighters with arms, munitions, funding, training and direction.

They operate as imperial foot soldiers in countries where they’re deployed — notably in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

Likely to show up anywhere, they go where the US and its imperial partners want them used as proxy fighters.

The Netanyahu regime secretly arms and funds Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in Syria.

In September 2018, Foreign Policy.com headlined: “Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels (aka terrorists),” saying:

“Israel secretly armed and funded at least 12 rebel (terrorist) groups in southern Syria that helped prevent Iran-backed fighters and militants of the Islamic State from taking up positions near the Israeli border in recent years, according to more than two dozen commanders and rank-and-file members of these groups.”

Iran has military advisors in Syria, not combat troops, aiding Assad fight US supported terrorists.

The Islamic Republic threatens no other countries, not Israel or any others. Claims otherwise are bald-faced lies.

Israel actively supports ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups in Syria – in cahoots with Washington’s aim to topple Assad.

By its own admission, Israeli warplanes terror-bombed Syrian sites hundreds of times.

Thousands of wounded jihadists in Syria have been treated in Israeli hospitals.

In September 2014, a photo of Netanyahu and then-Israeli war minister Moshe Ya’alon visiting terrorists in an Israeli hospital went viral online. Netanyahu was seen shaking a terrorist’s hand. 

In response to the Times’ fake news report on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh debunked it as “Iranophobic” propaganda, adding:

The US and Israeli regimes “try to shift the responsibility for the criminal acts of (Al Qaeda) and other terrorist groups in the region (they support to) Iran…with lies and by leaking made-up information to the media.”

“Even though America has not shied away from making any false accusation against Iran in the past, this approach has become routine in (by the) current US” regime.

“The media should not be a loudspeaker for the publication of the White House’s purposeful lies against Iran” — or against other nations, entities and individuals.

Iran is a sworn enemy of Al Qaeda and other US-supported terrorist groups.

Phony claims about its involvement in harboring these elements are part of US/Israeli propaganda war on the country and its leadership.

Operating as a disseminator of fake news against nations on the US target list for regime change, the NYT consistently and repeatedly disgraces itself.

Accept nothing the Times reports at face value. Chances are it’s fake news.

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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.