Open Letter to New York Times Editors
NYT features managed news misinformation on issues mattering most.
by Stephen Lendman
A personal note: I'm one of your fiercest critics. I'm certainly one of the most outspoken. My critiques are justified. I don't prepare them lightly.
I scrupulously strive for truth and full disclosure. If only Times writers, contributors and editors maintained similar standards.
You fall woefully short. I explained often in detail. I hoist you on your own petard. It gives me no joy doing it.
I'm old enough to remember June 9, 1954. My sophomore college year just ended. McCarthy witch-hunt communist hearings got headlines. Harvard Law Dean Ervin Griswold called him "judge, jury, prosecutor, castigator, and press agent, all in one."
He personified evil. In June 1954, he met his match. Army lawyer Joe Welch challenged his spurious accusation about one of his attorneys having communist organization ties.
I watched him live that June 4 day. I and other viewers heard his powerful putdown, saying:
"Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or recklessness." McCarthy shot back.
Welch angrily interrupted, adding "Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?"
Overnight, McCarthy's popularity plunged. Senate censure followed. It ruined him. In 1957, he died a broken man at age 48. He wasn't missed.
I recount this because evil has many forms. McCarthy ruined many lives. Innocent people suffered grievously.
Managed news misinformation is far worse. Countries are ravaged and destroyed. Millions die. Many more suffer. McCarthy paid for his villainy. Media scoundrels freely commit grievous harm daily.
Stevie Wonder song lyrics called apartheid "wrong, wrong, wrong."