The New York Times’ latest big lie

WORDVIRUS

 

More misleading half-truths from a paper too cowed by power and myth to tell the truth about U.S. foreign policy

 

Chomsky's right: The New York Times' latest big lie(Credit: Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)

 

Never before have I written a column concerning nothing more than a pair of quotation marks. Then again, never until now have I seen the power of punctuation so perniciously deployed.

It is not a new trick. Very popular in hackdom during the Cold War decades. Enclose something in quotation marks and all between them is instantly de-legitimized; no argument or explanation need be made. Here, try it:

“… the Cuban ‘doctors’ sent to Angola…”

Or: “… Soviet-made ‘farm equipment’ in Portugal since its 1974 revolution…”

Well, they were doctors and it was farm equipment. In the latter category I sat in a Soviet tractor out in the Portuguese vineyards, and damn it if…

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