Will the NY Times Fixation on Russia End After Biden’s Election?

October 27, 2020

Will there ever be a vaccine for the not so novel coronavirus, Russiagate-16? It has clearly infected beyond cure various media outlets and the establishment of an entire political party in the US for the past four years. Even though it has been repeatedly debunked and identified as a pathology by...

The NY Times and Elon Musk Deal With Bolivia

August 10, 2020

Maria Silvia Trigo and Anatoly Kurmanaev have penned an article for The New York Times that describes the dramatic protests in Bolivia against the interim government. As so often in NYT articles, the content reveals more about the newspaper itself than about the topic it analyzes. Treating the...

The Latest Version of Russiagate

July 31, 2020

The New York Times keeps slogging away at a four-year-old theme that it refuses to allow to die a natural death. Should we call it Russiagate 2.0 or 3.0 or 7.0? Whatever we call it, Russiagate has made its way back into The NYT’s headlines. Perhaps we should adopt the same convention as the...

Harris in the NYT: Reinforced Prejudices

October 16, 2013

Foreign correspondents often reinforce prejudices when covering India. I have had the privilege to live for more than 40 years in India. It has long been my opinion that India is a very difficult country to grasp for a foreign correspondent, as it is so different from the West — full of...

Memo to NYT: Be Less Imperial, Be More Honest

October 04, 2013

Gardiner Harris reports about riots in India with classic imperial prejudice. In 1953, The New York Times supported the CIA-led coup that ousted Mossadegh in Iran. More recently it acted as a cheerleader when George W. Bush decided to go to war with Iraq. With Gardiner Harris’...

Media Should Not Make Money

June 15, 2013

“The sole aim of journalism should be service” (Mahatma Gandhi). Media is in crisis globally, and democracy as we have known it is under threat. Democracy works when voters make informed choices. The American colonies fought for independence because Tom Paine wrote “Common...