The Times has many features I really love. It's an institution that
can't easily be avoided. I read it on the internet or borrow a copy,
but haven't subscribed or purchased the paper in ages.
There's nothing new about bias and lies in the pages of the Times.
I just recalled the name of Walter Duranty, the Times Moscow
correspondent in the 1930s, who got a Pulitzer by glossing over the
deaths of millions in the Stalin's famines and purges with timeless
quotes like, "You can't make an omelet without braking eggs..." (New
York Times, May 14 1933, page 18); or the classic obfuscation, "There
is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation but there is
widespread mortality from diseases due to malnutrition...." (New York
Times, March 31, 1933, page 13). This while thousands were dying of
starvation each day in the Ukraine.
Walter Duranty's dead but his spirit lives on in the correspondents
successively anointed by the Times and in its editorial policies. It's
the same romantic spirit that brought the Times' man in Cuba in the late
1950s, Herbert L. Matthews, to brand Fidel as an idealistic liberator
and overlook the tyrant in the making.
What does the spirit of Walter Duranty and Herbert L. Matthews
have to do with the contemporary Times' endless sympathy for
Palestinians and its simultaneous dismissal of the suffering of Gush
Katif exiles and Israeli victims of Arab terror? Walter Duranty,
Herbert L. Matthews, and their current avatars at the Times share being
animated by a tendency to romanticize violent ideological extremism, be
it in the form of messianic Marxist promises of an earthly paradise to
be brought about through sweeping but necessarily bloody historical
change; the charisma of iconic, macho Cuban rebels; or the toxic
apotheosis of anger and resentment characteristic of Muslim
fundamentalism in general and Arab and especially Palestinian mythos in
The Sun is a fine young paper and I hope it thrives and we should
buy it to help it do so.
Jay (Yakov) Ticker