New York Times Admits It Pushed Fabricated Evidence about Iraq, Syria and Ukraine

Mainstream Media Is Being Forced to Retract Its Propaganda More and More Quickly

The New York Times pushed fabricated evidence in the run up to the Iraq war.   A year later, the newspaper apologized for its inaccurate, one-sided coverage.

The U.S. and the New York Times pretended that Syria’s government was responsible for the chemical weapons attack … but that claim was debunked, and even the New York Times was forced to retract it several months later.  (The alternative media, including Pulitzer prize winning reporter Seymour Hersh, has also pointed out that it was the Syrians rebels – with the help of the Turkish government – did it).

Then the U.S. and the New York Times pretended that they had proof that Russian soldiers were the mysterious “masked men” seizing government buildings in Ukraine.  But a couple of days later, they were forced reporting from the alternative media – especially Robert Parry, winner of the George Polk Award for National Reporting – into retracting that claim, and admitting that their “proof” was almost as flimsy as proof of Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction”.

It seems like the alternative media is forcing the New York Times to retract half-baked, pro-war, propaganda claims more and more quickly.

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  • The alternative media is proving once again that truth is the alternative to mass, corporate, for profit media time and again. It reminds me of Gilda Radner’s saying “Comedy is truth, only faster.”

  • morz

    The owners, board and editors of the New York Times should all be arrested as unregistered foreign agents (of Israel of course).

    • Guest

      What does any of this have to do with Israel?

      • salma

        u seem to be very uninformed.. all of mainstream media is run by zionists (who claim to be jewish of course) u can read about it anywhere nowadays eva
        bartlett is a friend of mine who has lived in gaza for 3 years…. she is now in syria reporting from there.. its got ALL to do with israel. its a conspiracy against all of humanity but particularly
        arabs.. google also “bill gates admits vaccines depopulation” read
        about eugenics, monsanto, gmo seeds, etc etc etc…… go to

        • Saty13

          I should have known better, but I actually googled “bill gates admits vaccines depopulation.”
          Try taking off your tin foil hat.

      • Tom Sullivan

        Would the fact that the NYT agreed to be subject to censorship from within Israel not give you a clue?

      • edwardrynearson

        the zionist owned western media promotes the state of Israel

    • Saty13

      Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater, dude. If you’re going to start arresting editors for conspiring to mislead the citizenry, you have to start with Fox News and Rupert Murdoch obviously.

  • gaw

    Hi George, Great work, as always.

    Minor typo ” Russian soldiers were the mysterious “masked men” seizing government buildings in Russia” the last Russia should be Ukraine, shouldn’t it?

  • Stan Dalby

    Walter Duranty, the Moscow Bureau Chief of The New York Times, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for supporting Stalin’s crimes against humanity by refuting the artificial famine that killed ten million.
    The New York Times has the blood of millions of Christians on its hands.

    • Tata

      Why USA love forein criminals but doesn’t love its own. Because they need peace in USA only, they love and care just yourself.

    • Neil McNab

      He didn’t refute, he merely denied. Refute suggests he was correct.

  • No Jew

    Burn the presses was coined long time ago . Small local media outlets were targeted by Government paid hacks,to silence reports that incoming railroads were stealing private lands. That was then over 200 years ago.
    Don’t kid yourselves in believing that today’s media just overnite has turned into a government Kosher mouth piece. Jew Randolf Hearst (media baron) over hundred years ago- 4 government to start wars lied lied lied and made million$

  • Bev

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  • dougdiggler

    But they’re also fabricating more fake news more quickly!

  • Fullblad

    At some point the NYT will realize it’s reputation is already gone and the retractions will then stop along with any pretense to being other than the corporatocracy’s propaganda megaphone…a policy of publishing half truths, outright lies or omitting pertinent facts is not a newspaper fit for other than wrapping dead fish in.

  • vance

    NYT — lying toilet roll for the international banking conspiracy.

  • Alexander

    DOES ANYONE REALIZE: the link this person provides for the NY Times Editor’s Note is dated from 2004? Yet this was just posted yesterday. The writer of this blog is trying to MISLEAD.

    • ABC

      How is it difficult to understand. The link references false claims IN THE RUN UP TO THE IRAQ WAR. I.e 2002 (which the linked article is in) Then the editor’s note is dated in 2004. It is one of many examples of NYT fabricating evidence to mislead to woefully uneducated populace.

      You are the one who is misleading people.

  • Mark Swanson

    The New York Times has been run by the Jewish Sulzberger family for many years.

  • Chloe

    I knew this. NYT is not accountable anymore. This is not even a first time. We all know about Jayson blare and only a few month ago, NYT posted a wrong composite image to justify a Russian figure skater’s gold at Sochi Olympic 2014. But those images were too crappy and even non experts can see those are manipulated. NYT lost their dignity in journalism.

  • Diana Ghariany

    its about time they have also to retract all the lies about the Libyan war in 2011 for all the false flags which has been proved to be a lie for example the 10 thousand people massacred by the Qaddafi regime in Benghazi which later was only 5 people who where killed by unknown snipers(CIA) or the mercenaries that Qaddafi had hired which again was proved to be false by international parties the list is long.

  • Oligarchs are not limited to the US. the view on MSM shilling in Germany

  • maryann26

    I canceled my subscription, and I am not ever subscribing again. I never believed the NY Times on Iraq. It has lied before and since. I see no point in paying for a publication that cannot be trusted. I hope it has to file for bankruptcy someday. I do not know why anyone pays for it anymore.

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  • Stanley Bucasas

    What if they were pressured by some higher power to retract statements?

    Do conspiracy theories only go as deep as your personal agenda? Not accusing just asking.

  • Mustacq Abdullah

    Because the USA is a Plutocracy and not a Democracy, these liars will never be brought to book. They payroll the Senators, the Vice President and President; they bankroll every facet of governance and will not even be asked to apologise to US soldiers’ families that were killed let alone the thousands of Iraqis that was killed. And can these guys sleep at night? Well yes! But you, me and the soldiers returning who are humans get sleepless nights because of the war.