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November 22, 2005

Ukrainians Protest NY Times' Stalinist Propaganda


Normally the MSM loves covering protests, but here's one that it's not surprising you probably didn't hear about. Times Watch reports on a Ukrainian group that gathered in front of the New York Times headquarters last Friday to protest the 1932 Pulitzer Prize that was awarded to Gray Lady reporter Walter Duranty for the Stalinist propaganda he churned out during one of the darkest chapters in human history.

"Uncle Joe" Stalin deliberately engineered the 1932–1933 Ukrainian famine in order to consolidate his totalitarian control, thereby killing 7–10 million Ukrainians. Duranty, who covered the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1941 for the Times, purposefully covered up Stalin's atrocities, including this one, in order to advance the left-wing agenda associated with that execrable publication.

The Times has steadfastly refused to disown the award. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — aka "The Prince of Political Correctness" — explains that renouncing the prize their henchman earned by lying to the public and being complicit in genocide would evoke the "Stalinist practice to airbrush purged figures out of official records and histories."

Here's what Mark Von Hagen, the Gray Lady's own hired historian, had to say about Sulzberger's cartoonishly hypocritical airbrushing argument:

Those targeted for "airbrushing" were already murdered, languishing in the gulag or forced into exile after having been falsely accused of espionage, treason, sabotage and other "crimes." …. Revoking Mr. Duranty's prize is another matter altogether. He was never prosecuted for any crimes. His articles remain available in the archives of The New York Times, and his books on the shelves of major libraries. Airbrushing was intended to suppress the truth about what was happening under Stalin. The aim of revoking Walter Duranty's prize is the opposite: to bring greater awareness of the potential long-term damage that his reporting did for our understanding of the Soviet Union.

It's hard to avoid the conclusion that if an enemy of America again manages to commit atrocities on the apocalyptic scale of Stalin's, the NY Times stands ready to help hide them. Uncle Joe is gone, but the evil he personified is still very much with us.

Hiding this earned the Gray Lady's Duranty a Pulitzer.

Posted by Van Helsing at November 22, 2005 12:36 PM