If "facts" can be established simply by what "anonymous intelligence sources" tell reporters, we remain in grave threat from irresponsible journalism
By Howard Friel
My source at the CIA, who will remain anonymous, has told me recently with “a high level of confidence” that Krugman repeatedly voted for Hillary Clinton on election day on November 8. The source told me that Krugman “went to great lengths to vote for Clinton at multiple polling places.” My source also told me that Krugman “did this because Hillary told him to.”
Given that the entire liberal news media and Democratic establishment has been hijacked by anonymous intelligence sources to the effect that Russia engineered this year's presidential election in Trump's favor, I expect that virtually every mainstream news organization in the United States will now report as fact, given what my anonymous source has told me, that Krugman sought to fix this year’s presidential election on behalf of Clinton and that she was "personally involved" in his election-tampering.
"Today, including with the aid of Paul Krugman, who was mostly silent during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Times is at the wheel and driving us once again to war, this time with Russia, by using the same reckless brand of journalism and commentary."
Krugman denies the allegations. Just yesterday (December 17), Krugman reported in the Times “It’s important to realize that the postelection C.I.A. declaration that Russia had intervened on behalf of the Trump campaign was a confirmation, not a revelation (although we’ve now learned that Mr. Putin was personally involved in the effort).”
Krugman’s claim that Putin was “personally involved” was linked to a report from NBC News that cited intelligence sources as follows: “U.S. intelligence officials now believe with ‘a high level of confidence’ that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.”
As in all such reports to date from other mainstream news sources, including as practiced on a nearly daily basis by David Sanger and his colleagues at the Times, the U.S. intelligence officials are not identified. This is a long-standing and condemnable feature of news reporting at the New YorkTimes, which in 2002 and 2003, while journalistically co-piloting the United States toward an invasion of Iraq, repeatedly quoted anonymous intelligence sources that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction that could be used against the United States and our allies.
Today, including with the aid of Paul Krugman, who was mostly silent during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Times is at the wheel and driving us once again to war, this time with Russia, by using the same reckless brand of journalism and commentary. And in case the Times hasn't noticed, Russia, unlike Iraq, does have nuclear weapons. And so do we.
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Howard Friel is author of Chomsky and Dershowitz: On Endless War and the End of Civil Liberties (Olive Branch Press). He also wrote the The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight about Global Warming (Yale University Press, 2010), and is co-author with Richard Falk of Israel-Palestine on Record: How The New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East (Verso, 2007), and The Record of the Paper: How The New York Times Misreports U.S. Foreign Policy (Verso, 2004).