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Lying Machine NYT Fake News

Lying Machine NYT Fake News
 
Stephen Lendman 
Date: 03-17-2021
Subject: United States

Lying Machine NYT Fake News

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

Like other establishment media, the Times sticks to the official narrative exclusively, suppressing truth and full disclosure of virtually everything important for everyone to know.

Providing press agent services for powerful interests, daily editions feature state-approved propaganda.

On Wednesday, the Times featured Big Lies and mass deception about invented — not real — foreign interference in and threats to US Election 2020, saying the following:

"A newly declassified report represents the most comprehensive intelligence assessment of foreign efforts to influence the 2020 vote (sic)."

Vladimir Putin "authorized extensive efforts to hurt (Biden's) candidacy… during the election last year (sic), including by mounting covert operations to influence people close to" Trump (sic)."

"Besides Russia, Iran and other countries also sought to sway the election (sic)." 

"China considered its own efforts but ultimately concluded that they would fail and most likely backfire (sic). 

Russophobic claims "reaffirmed the intelligence agencies' conclusions about Russia's interference in 2016 on behalf of Mr. Trump and said that the Kremlin favored his re-election (sic)."

"Foreign efforts to influence United States elections are likely to continue in coming years."

All of the above and more in the fake news Times report is state-approved propaganda rubbish.

No evidence corroborates claims because there is none.

The US intelligence community assessment (ICA) and fake news Times report about it read like a third-rate Hollywood script no producer would touch.

Claiming malign foreign actions threaten the US turns reality on its head whenever claimed.

None exist in sharp contrast to forever US war on humanity at home and abroad — supported by the Times and other establishment media.

Operating as press agents for wealth, power and privilege, their mission is mind-manipulation brainwashing — Big Lies and mass deception their tactics, journalism as it should be banned in their reports.

No evidence remotely suggests efforts by Russia or other foreign nations to threaten or otherwise interfere in US elections.

In sharp contrast, the US illegally meddled in scores of foreign elections worldwide throughout the post-WW II period.

Months before his December 2018 death, author, historian, former State Department official-turned sharp critic of Washington's destructive imperial agenda William Blum published "Real interference in election campaigns" by the US in his March 2018 Anti-Empire report — information banned by the Times and other establishment media.

Here's what Blum detailed in full as he explained it, information and much more covered in his books, including "Rogue State," "Killing Hope," and "The CIA, a Forgotten History."

Below are examples of US election interference throughout the post-WW II period:

"Philippines, 1950s:

Flagrant manipulation by the CIA of the nation's political life, featuring stage-managed elections with extensive disinformation campaigns, heavy financing of candidates, writing their speeches, drugging the drinks of one of the opponents of the CIA-supported candidate so he would appear incoherent; plotting the assassination of another candidate.

The oblivious New York Times declared that 'It is not without reason that the Philippines has been called democracy's showcase in Asia.'

Italy, 1948-1970s:

Multifarious campaigns to repeatedly sabotage the electoral chances of the Communist Party and ensure the election of the Christian Democrats, long-favored by Washington.

Lebanon, 1950s:

The CIA provided funds to support the campaigns of President Camille Chamoun and selected parliamentary candidates; other funds were targeted against candidates who had shown less than total enchantment with US interference in Lebanese politics.

Indonesia, 1955:

A million dollars were dispensed by the CIA to a centrist coalition's electoral campaign in a bid to cut into the support for President Sukarno's party and the Indonesian Communist Party.

Vietnam, 1955:

The US was instrumental in South Vietnam canceling the elections scheduled to unify North and South because of the certainty that the North Vietnamese communist leader, Ho Chi Minh, would easily win.

British Guiana/Guyana, 1953-64:

For 11 years, two of the oldest democracies in the world, Great Britain and the United States, went to great lengths to prevent Cheddi Jagan – three times the democratically elected leader – from occupying his office. 

Using a wide variety of tactics – from general strikes and disinformation to terrorism and British legalisms – the US and Britain forced Jagan out of office twice during this period.

Japan, 1958-1970s:

The CIA emptied the US treasury of millions to finance the conservative Liberal Democratic Party in parliamentary elections, "on a seat-by-seat basis", while doing what it could to weaken and undermine its opposition, the Japanese Socialist Party. 

The 1961-63 edition of the State Department's annual Foreign Relations of the United States, published in 1996, includes an unprecedented disclaimer that, because of material left out, a committee of distinguished historians thinks "this published compilation does not constitute a 'thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of major United States foreign policy decisions' as required by law. 

The deleted material involved US actions from 1958-1960 in Japan, according to the State Department's historian.

Nepal, 1959:

By the CIA's own admission, it carried out an unspecified 'covert action' on behalf of B.P. Koirala to help his Nepali Congress Party win the national parliamentary election. 

It was Nepal's first national election ever, and the CIA was there to initiate them into the wonderful workings of democracy.

Laos, 1960:

CIA agents stuffed ballot boxes to help a hand-picked strongman, Phoumi Nosavan, set up a pro-American government.

Brazil, 1962:

The CIA and the Agency for International Development expended millions of dollars in federal and state elections in support of candidates opposed to leftist President João Goulart, who won anyway.

Dominican Republic, 1962:

In October 1962, two months before election day, US Ambassador John Bartlow Martin got together with the candidates of the two major parties and handed them a written notice, in Spanish and English, which he had prepared. It read in part: "The loser in the forthcoming election will, as soon as the election result is known, publicly congratulate the winner, publicly recognize him as the President of all the Dominican people, and publicly call upon his own supporters to so recognize him.

Before taking office, the winner will offer Cabinet seats to members of the loser's party. (They may decline)."

As matters turned out, the winner, Juan Bosch, was ousted in a military coup seven months later, a slap in the face of democracy which neither Martin nor any other American official did anything about.

Guatemala, 1963:

The US overthrew the regime of General Miguel Ydigoras because he was planning to step down in 1964, leaving the door open to an election; an election that Washington feared would be won by the former president, liberal reformer and critic of US foreign policy, Juan José Arévalo. Ydigoras's replacement made no mention of elections.

Bolivia, 1966:

The CIA bestowed $600,000 upon President René Barrientos and lesser sums to several right-wing parties in a successful effort to influence the outcome of national elections. Gulf Oil contributed two hundred thousand more to Barrientos.

Chile, 1964-70:

Major US interventions into national elections in 1964 and 1970, and congressional elections in the intervening years. Socialist Salvador Allende fell victim in 1964, but won in 1970 despite a multimillion-dollar CIA operation against him. The Agency then orchestrated his downfall in a 1973 military coup.

Portugal, 1974-5:

In the years following the coup in 1974 by military officers who talked like socialists, the CIA revved up its propaganda machine while funneling many millions of dollars to support 'moderate' candidates, in particular Mario Soares and his (so-called) Socialist Party. 

At the same time, the Agency enlisted social-democratic parties of Western Europe to provide further funds and support to Soares. It worked. 

The Socialist Party became the dominant power.

Australia, 1974-75:

Despite providing considerable support for the opposition, the United States failed to defeat the Labor Party, which was strongly against the US war in Vietnam and CIA meddling in Australia. The CIA then used "legal" methods to unseat the man who won the election, Edward Gough Whitlam.

Jamaica, 1976:

A CIA campaign to defeat social democrat Michael Manley's bid for reelection, featuring disinformation, arms shipments, labor unrest, economic destabilization, financial support for the opposition, and attempts upon Manley's life. Despite it all, he was victorious.

Panama, 1984, 1989:

In 1984, the CIA helped finance a highly questionable presidential electoral victory for one of Manuel Noriega's men. The opposition cried "fraud", but the new president was welcomed at the White House. 

By 1989, Noriega was no longer a Washington favorite, so the CIA provided more than $10 million dollars to his electoral opponents.

Nicaragua, 1984, 1990:

In 1984, the United States, trying to discredit the legitimacy of the Sandinista government's scheduled election, covertly persuaded the leading opposition coalition to not take part. 

A few days before election day, some other rightist parties on the ballot revealed that US diplomats had been pressing them to drop out of the race as well. 

The CIA also tried to split the Sandinista leadership by placing phony full-page ads in neighboring countries. 

But the Sandinistas won handily in a very fair election monitored by hundreds of international observers.

Six years later, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Washington's specially created stand-in for the CIA, poured in millions of dollars to defeat Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas in the February elections. 

NED helped organize the Nicaraguan opposition, UNO, building up the parties and organizations that formed and supported this coalition.

Perhaps most telling of all, the Nicaraguan people were made painfully aware that a victory by the Sandinistas would mean a continuation of the relentlessly devastating war being waged against them by Washington through their proxy army, the Contras.

Haiti, 1987-1988:

After the Duvalier dictatorship came to an end in 1986, the country prepared for its first free elections ever. 

However, Haiti's main trade union leader declared that Washington was working to undermine the left. 

US aid organizations, he said, were encouraging people in the countryside to identify and reject the entire left as "communist." 

Meanwhile, the CIA was involved in a range of support for selected candidates until the US Senate Intelligence Committee ordered the Agency to cease its covert electoral action.

Bulgaria, 1990-1991 and Albania, 1991-1992:

With no regard for the fragility of these nascent democracies, the US interfered broadly in their elections and orchestrated the ousting of their elected socialist governments.

Russia, 1996:

For four months (March-June), a group of veteran American political consultants worked secretly in Moscow in support of Boris Yeltsin's presidential campaign. 

Yeltsin was being counted on to run with the globalized-free market ball and it was imperative that he cross the goal line. 

The Americans emphasized sophisticated methods of message development, polling, focus groups, crowd staging, direct-mailing, etc., and advised against public debates with the Communists. 

Most of all they encouraged the Yeltsin campaign to "go negative" against the Communists, painting frightening pictures of what the Communists would do if they took power, including much civic upheaval and violence, and, of course, a return to the worst of Stalinism. 

Before the Americans came on board, Yeltsin was favored by only six percent of the electorate. 

In the first round of voting, he edged the Communists 35 percent to 32, and was victorious in the second round 54 to 40 percent.

Mongolia, 1996:

The National Endowment for Democracy worked for several years with the opposition to the governing Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRR, the former Communists) who had won the 1992 election to achieve a very surprising electoral victory. 

In the six-year period leading up to the 1996 elections, NED spent close to a million dollars in a country with a population of some 2.5 million, the most significant result of which was to unite the opposition into a new coalition, the National Democratic Union. Borrowing from Newt Gingrich's Contract With America, the NED drafted a "Contract With the Mongolian Voter", which called for private property rights, a free press and the encouragement of foreign investment. 

The MPRR had already instituted Western-style economic reforms, which had led to widespread poverty and wiped out much of the communist social safety net. But the new government promised to accelerate the reforms, including the privatization of housing. 

By 1998 it was reported that the US National Security Agency had set up electronic listening posts in Outer Mongolia to intercept Chinese army communications, and the Mongolian intelligence service was using nomads to gather intelligence in China itself.

Bosnia, 1998:

Effectively an American protectorate, with Carlos Westendorp – the Spanish diplomat appointed to enforce Washington's offspring: the 1995 Dayton peace accords – as the colonial Governor-General. Before the September elections for a host of offices, Westendorp removed 14 Croatian candidates from the ballot because of alleged biased coverage aired in Bosnia by neighboring Croatia's state television and politicking by ethnic Croat army soldiers. 

After the election, Westendorp fired the elected president of the Bosnian Serb Republic, accusing him of creating instability. 

In this scenario those who appeared to support what the US and other Western powers wished were called "moderates", and allowed to run for and remain in office. 

Those who had other thoughts were labeled "hard-liners", and ran the risk of a different fate. 

When Westendorp was chosen to assume this position of "high representative" in Bosnia in May 1997, The Guardian of London wrote that "The US secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, praised the choice. 

But some critics already fear that Mr. Westendorp will prove too lightweight and end up as a cipher in American hands."

Nicaragua, 2001

Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was once again a marked man. US State Department officials tried their best to publicly associate him with terrorism, including just after September 11 had taken place, and to shamelessly accuse Sandinista leaders of all manner of violations of human rights, civil rights, and democracy. 

The US ambassador literally campaigned for Ortega's opponent, Enrique Bolaños. 

A senior analyst in Nicaragua for Gallup, the international pollsters, was moved to declare: "Never in my whole life have I seen a sitting ambassador get publicly involved in a sovereign country's electoral process, nor have I ever heard of it."

At the close of the campaign, Bolaños announced: "If Ortega comes to power, that would provoke a closing of aid and investment, difficulties with exports, visas and family remittances. 

I'm not just saying this. The United States says this, too. We cannot close our eyes and risk our well-being and work. Say yes to Nicaragua, say no to terrorism."

In the end, the Sandinistas lost the election by about ten percentage points after steadily leading in the polls during much of the campaign.

Bolivia, 2002

The American bête noire here was Evo Morales, Amerindian, former member of Congress, socialist, running on an anti-neoliberal, anti-big business, and anti-coca eradication campaign. 

The US Ambassador declared: "The Bolivian electorate must consider the consequences of choosing leaders somehow connected with drug trafficking and terrorism." 

Following September 11, painting Officially Designated Enemies with the terrorist brush was de rigueur US foreign policy rhetoric.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs warned that American aid to the country would be in danger if Mr. Morales was chosen. 

Then the ambassador and other US officials met with key figures from Bolivia's main political parties in an effort to shore up support for Morales's opponent, Sanchez de Lozada. Morales lost the vote.

Slovakia, 2002

To defeat Vladimir Meciar, former prime minister, a man who did not share Washington's weltanschauung about globalization, the US ambassador explicitly warned the Slovakian people that electing him would hurt their chances of entry into the European Union and NATO. 

The US ambassador to NATO then arrived and issued his own warning. The National Endowment for Democracy was also on hand to influence the election. Meciar lost.

El Salvador, 2004

Washington's target in this election was Schafik Handal, candidate of the FMLN, the leftist former guerrilla group. He said he would withdraw El Salvador's 380 troops from Iraq as well as reviewing other pro-US policies; he would also take another look at the privatizations of Salvadoran industries, and would reinstate diplomatic relations with Cuba. 

His opponent was Tony Saca of the incumbent Arena Party, a pro-US, pro-free market organization of the extreme right, which in the bloody civil war days had featured death squads and the infamous assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

During a February visit to the country, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, met with all the presidential candidates except Handal. 

He warned of possible repercussions in US-Salvadoran relations if Handal were elected. 

Three Republican congressmen threatened to block the renewal of annual work visas for some 300,000 Salvadorans in the United States if El Salvador opted for the FMLN. And Congressman Thomas Tancredo of Colorado stated that if the FMLN won, "it could mean a radical change" in US policy on remittances to El Salvador.

Washington's attitude was exploited by Arena and the generally conservative Salvadoran press, who mounted a scare campaign, and it became widely believed that a Handal victory could result in mass deportations of Salvadorans from the United States and a drop in remittances. Arena won the election with about 57 percent of the vote to some 36 percent for the FMLN.

After the election, the US ambassador declared that Washington's policies concerning immigration and remittances had nothing to do with any election in El Salvador. 

There appears to be no record of such a statement being made in public before the election when it might have had a profound positive effect for the FMLN.

Afghanistan, 2004

The US ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, went around putting great pressure on one candidate after another to withdraw from the presidential race so as to insure the victory for Washington's man, the incumbent, Hamid Karzai in the October election. There was nothing particularly subtle about it. Khalilzad told each one what he wanted and then asked them what they needed. 

Karzai, a long-time resident in the United States, was described by the Washington Post as "a known and respected figure at the State Department and National Security Council and on Capitol Hill."

Blum covered much but not all US rogue operations worldwide, including its color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, targeted assassination, and wars of aggression on invented enemies.

The above makes the worst of Mafia operations look benign by comparison.

All of it was suppressed by the Times and other establishment media.

Following them for news, information and analysis assures ignorance about what's vital to know.

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