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New York Times' Dishonesty on Torture

Posted by libhom Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The New York Times just gets more and more rightist and dishonest with each passing day. Check out this lead paragraph on an internal Justice Department investigation on the people responsible for the torture memos.

An internal Justice Department inquiry into the conduct of Bush administration lawyers who wrote secret memorandums authorizing brutal interrogations has concluded that the authors committed serious lapses of judgment but should not be criminally prosecuted, according to government officials briefed on a draft of the findings.

This is doubly dishonest.

First, the use of the spin term "brutal interrogations" is a deliberate distortion intended to avoid using the factually and legally accurate term "torture." Second, there is a consensus among credible law enforcement and intelligence professionals (Internet trolls aside) that torture is not an even remotely effective interrogation technique. Pretending that torture is a useful method of interrogation is as deliberately dishonest as pretending it is not torture.

It gets even worse.
The opinions permitted the C.I.A. to use a number of interrogation methods that human rights groups have condemned as torture, including waterboarding, wall-slamming, head-slapping and other techniques. The opinions allowed many of these practices to be used repeatedly and in combination.

Excuse me, the fact that these criminal actions are torture is not merely a view of human rights groups or any kind of faction. Facts don't stop being facts merely because they are politically inconvenient or worse for former Bush regime officials and far right ideologues at the New York Times.

Diminishing facts that cannot honestly be disputed merely as views of certain groups is downright dishonest. What's next? Is the Times going to say that 2 + 2 = 4 is something that math teachers have insisted is correct?

Newspapers are supposed to be accurate with the facts. Yet, the Timesis going out of its way to distort and spin facts for a partisan, far right political agenda. Tell me again why liberal and moderates should waste money on this garbage during a deep recession?



  1. I don't waste any money on newspapers, most of them are crap and all of them are partisan, usually to the right since that's who's funding them. I get my news online.

    BTW, I think it's maddening that the Justice Department was allowed to investigate itself and decide that it did nothing wrong.

    Come on Spain! I really think indicting some people here on torture charges could really make up somewhat for that whole Spanish Inquisition thing.

  2. Christopher Says:
  3. I hate Pravda. Truly loathe Pravda.

    They suck. Think I'm being harsh? I ask you to remember the warmonger, Judith Miller.

  4. two crows Says:
  5. Rachel reported on this, too.
    much of the language the NYT used was lifted directly from the inquiry itself.

    imo, the Times didn't so much spin this as quote it without attributing the quote.

    Not only partisan but lazy. and, isn't plagiarism illegal?



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