On Friday, 13 June 2014, the New York Times headlined “Russia Sent Tanks to Separatists in Ukraine, U.S. Says,” and reported: “‘Russia will claim these tanks were taken from Ukrainian forces, but no Ukrainian tank units have been operating in that area,’ the State Department said Friday afternoon. ‘We are confident that these tanks came from Russia.’” The newspaper’s stenographer, or “reporter,” didn’t even question, much less deny, the veracity of that allegation, and then he went on stenographally, “‘This is unacceptable,’ said Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman. ‘A failure by Russia to de-escalate this situation will lead to additional costs.’”
The specific charge there was that, “no Ukrainian tank units have been operating in that area.” That charge was a lie, as is made clear in numerous videos taken on the streets of southern and eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian government (which the Obama Administration had installed after its February coup in Kiev) massacred people in the southern city of Odessa who rejected that newly installed coup-government. That massacre in Odessa sparked the civil war in southern and eastern Ukraine by the supporters of the democratically elected President whom we had overthrown in Kiev. Here are stills from just two of those videos that show that the official State Department line, that “no Ukrainian tank units have been operating in that area” was a flagrant lie:
(9 May 2014, video says these tanks were clashing with “separatists” in Mariupol (which is in the sourtheast).)
And here, on 6 June 2014:
(6 June 2014, video on Russian TV from Slavyansk, also in the southeast.)
On Thursday, June 12th, the Times had headlined from Donetsk, also in the southeast, “Tanks, of Unknown Origin, Roll Into Ukraine,” and reported, also without challenge, “Ukraine’s interior minister claimed on Thursday that an armored column from Russia had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine. … If it did, the event would signal a significant escalation in the simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine.” Calling it “simmering” was also a lie, because the civil war has been raging since at least May 9th, when photos of tanks rolling into eastern Ukrainian cities and people resisting them and being shot had started appearing on youtube and all over non-U.S. news-media; so, whereas it had been simmering between the massacre on May 2nd and the outbreaks on May 9th, the use of that term “simmering” by the Times on June 12th was beyond a month out-of-date.
Why do people pay for such “news” “reporting,” when the truth can so easily be found on the Internet from sources that are not only far more reliable but free-of-charge? Why pay for propaganda, when real and honest news can now be had for free?
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.