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A Travesty of Reporting

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Papers such as the London Telegraph have documented the presence of Nazi elements fighting with the Ukrainian government forces, with articles and photos, but major press in the U.S., like the Times, have not. You would think that a paper like the Times that frequently has done stories in other parts of Europe detailing the rise of neo-Nazis and fascists --- such as in Germany or Greece --- would eagerly report on the substantial role that far-right extremists are playing in the Ukrainian conflict, but that hasn't been the case.

The Times has also avoided doing a major investigative piece on just how the coup in Ukraine took place in February of last year. Abundant evidence has emerged showing how the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy worked to undermine the Yanukovych regime, and how State Department officials like Victoria Nuland and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. openly fanned the flames of rebellion by meeting with and encouraging the demonstrators during the Maidan protests. When those demonstrations turned violent, right-wing militias took over government buildings, and Yanukovych fled for his life.

But the Times has taken the position that the government overthrow in Kiev last year wasn't really a coup. According to Robert Parry, the editor of and a journalist who has done an outstanding job covering the Ukraine crisis, the Times in early January of this year wrote a long piece which claimed that the Yanukovych regime wasn't really overthrown. Instead, the government just collapsed as allies deserted Yanukovych amid the rising tide of violence in the streets.

The Times said that the idea that the government was overthrown in a coup as a result of attacks by right-wing militants and western intrigue, was a propaganda line put out by Russia.

As Parry pointed out, even the global intelligence firm Stratfor disagrees. The overthrow of Yanukovcyh was "the most blatant coup in history" according to Stratfor's founder George Friedman.

It appears tha during this whole process of reporting on Ukraine, The New York Times has swallowed the U.S. State Department line about events in Ukraine: Russia is a rogue nation bent on expansion; its dictatorial leader, Vladimir Putin, can't be trusted; the Russian separatists are a ruthless group who were responsible for the shootdown of the MH-17 airliner over Ukraine last year, which killed over 283 people on board (although no investigation has confirmed who was responsible).

Meanwhile, according to the American government view, the United States and leaders of the coup regime in Kiev are honorable in their intentions and have no ulterior motives in the way they are acting. They are simply trying to defend Ukraine from Russian aggression and create a more prosperous country more closely integrated with Europe.

Why is this simplistic, black and white narrative --- which is clearly contradicted by the facts --- being presented by the Times?

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