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Big Lies about 5G and RT.com—NYTimes Sets a New Low

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That steaming gobbet of disinformation on the front page of yesterday's NYTimes that is, the one about 5G and Russia was something rather different from their usual spitballs of state/corporate propaganda, such as their epic tour of Syria's "secret torture prisons," their shrieking updates on the measles "threat," and their promotion of Juan Guaido as the "acting president" of Venezuela (a title that's more accurate than they want us to perceive).

What's different about the Times' 5G/Russia piece is that it's mainly driven not by some US state agency, but by plain old corruption, of the kind that used to be the norm throughout the Fourth Estate, as exposed by Upton Sinclair in The Brass Check, published a century ago. Such criticism pushed the owners and managers of our free press (as it then partly was) to proclaim their commitment to what's known as journalistic ethics which meant, among other things, not letting any mere financial interest, whether the advertisers' or the paper's owners', dictate the news.

That noble prohibition sounds pretty quaint today, after decades of commercial interference with the news throughout (what we once called) the broadcast media -- even CBS News, despite the venerable legacy of Edward R. Murrow. (On the subversion of "60 Minutes" in particular, see Michael Mann's great movie The Insider.) The New York Times has long appeared to be exceptional in this regard, its journalistic mission always (seemingly) pursued "without fear or favor," including the financial interests of the paper's advertisers, or its owners.

However true that used to be, there's no truth to it now, as that slowly failing paper is, first of all, its advertisers' b*tch, covering, or covering up, the news in perfect harmony with the financial interests of Big Pharma and the cell phone cartel (to name two frequent purchasers of full-page ads). And, as of yesterday, the Times made shockingly clear that it has no compunction whatsoever about letting (what some of us still call) the truth get in the way of its own financial interest, even if that truth is crucial to our health, and telling it, honestly and clearly, a matter of life and death for all of us.

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The New York Times is, seemingly, pushing 5G on the rest of us in service to its top shareholder, Carlos Slim, who owns 17% of the Gray Lady, and who made his awesome fortune ("Mr. Slim and his family are billionaires 50 times over," the Times reported, with admirable candor, in 2016) in the cell phone business south of the border. He therefore stands to profit hugely off 5G, although he's rich enough already to live far from any of the cell phone towers that will have millions of us battling tumors, or dropping dead from heart attacks about which "Mr. Slim" is also (obviously) rich enough already not to care.

Call me a "conspiracy theorist," but it seems more than likely that it was Carlos Slim who urged the Times's other big shareholders including (of course) the Sulzberger family to approve a joint venture with Verizon to build a "5G journalism lab." This project was unveiled, to much applause, in January, at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, where Hans Vestberg, Verizon's CEO, had Times CEO Mark Thompson join him at the podium to rave euphorically about the journalistic wonders of 5G. (The other of the two "iconic companies" that Vestberg invited there "to talk about how they use [and] view 5G" was Walt Disney Studios, personified in Disney CTO Jamie Voris.)

"The Times exists to tell stories. To tell the stories that the world wants and needs to hear." (Scroll down for the unedited transcript.) Thus the New York Times' top manager erased the necessary civic function of the news: what citizens should know, for their own good, and for the good of their republic. In Thompson's view, the Times should do what Disney does: tell stories to "the world," as if that "world" (i.e., ourselves) were a drowsy multitude of children, and the Times were soothing us to sleep with bedtime "stories."

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Such "children" as envisioned by Mark Thompson, and kept unconscious by the Times' "story-tellers," can have no way of knowing, nor the wisdom to suspect, that those "stories" aren't just false, but dangerous, bringing on an electronic system that will make our children sick, along with many adults.

Such wide-eyed "children" don't yet know that those who tell such "stories," while smearing those who try to tell the truth as Russian trolls, should not be walking free, and making handsome salaries as journalists, but truth be told, on trial for crimes against humanity.

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What I want to know is when in the hell does Putin find the time to run Russia? He is so busy directly giving orders to Trump, posting Facebook ads, stirring up racism in America with Black Lives Matter, programing RT, and meddling in our democracy and now spreading lies about 5G technology? And fracking, vaccines, GMO's. Deny, deny, deny....of course RT is going to deny everything. It is called "kampaniya dezinformatsiya"! (irony)


The NYT just can't stop with the Russiagate bs.




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A little lag between articles, Mark, but welcomed and admired.

2008-2019.

Still welcome to the fold.


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MARK THOMPSON: So Hans thank you for inviting me to join you up here to talk about our shared plans for 5G. Pretty much every company nowadays claims they are in the business of storytelling. But in the case of the New York Times, it's actually true. The Times exists to tell stories. To tell the stories the world wants and needs to hear. Once as you all know we did it with just paper and ink but today we try to use every digital display, every new advance, to bring our stories to life, which is why we pioneered the use of VR, AR, and Smart Phone infographics for serious journalism.


Virtually every paragraph in the article I wanted to make a comment about. But I will let the one above suffice.

"Pretty much every company nowadays claims they are in the business of storytelling. But in the case of the New York Times, it's actually true. The Times exists to tell stories." That is true. But more properly it should read, "Pretty much every company including the times exists to tell propaganda."

In today's digital age, how do you make the propaganda irresistible? This is how, "Once as you all know we did it with just paper and ink but today we try to use every digital display, every new advance, to bring our stories to life, which is why we pioneered the use of VR, AR, and Smart Phone infographics for serious journalism."

Irresistible propaganda.

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5g? Not only does it cause cancer, screw up birds sense of navigation, kill insects helping the insect armageddon, and other bad stuff, I think 5g is the last straw before we are microchipped. If so, then its over. They will know every second where each of us is. There will no longer be any where to run and hide. Total control.

Mark, thank you for the article.


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Don't worry, David. Once they get done killing everyone with 5G microwaves, there won't be anyone worth chipping, or a reason to do it.

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Do appreciate your sense of humor, DA. Too bad the topic isn't funny, though...

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No, it certainly isn't. Twisted as it is, my sense of humour may be the only thing keeping me together these days.

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You always make good points, DA. Once 5g kills me, there would be no good reason to know every second where I was buried or where my ashes were scattered. So you are right. They won't bother to chip me once 5g has killed me. I can breath a sigh of relief. Thanks, DA.

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Yesterday I sent a letter to the editor mocking the Times for its yellow journalism. I never read the times. I just saw the headline on the front page in a train station. I counted 6 lies in the first three paragraphs - and told them so. I also told them that RT was the most trusted news service on the planet - in 80 countries - a reach far far greater than the puny slimes.

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Yup. I say, question more! (Hmm. I may have plagiarized that from somewhere, now if only I could remember....)

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Good for you writing and sending the letter.

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Good for you, Lila! I fired off an angry letter to BBC a couple of weeks ago over a similarly dishonest TV documentary, jumped through all their hoops to send it, demanded a reply. I expected something condescending from them, but didn't get any reply. People are actually dying from the level of electro-pollution already present.

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I feel so stupid! I've sifted through the article twice and I can't find where the NYT mentioned RT.

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You know what? I wondered the same thing; why is "RT" in the title but not to be found in the article. Even so, it is a very good article.

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huh? Here is a quote:

The Russian network RT America aired the segment, titled "A Dangerous 'Experiment on Humanity,'" in covering what its guest experts call 5G's dire health threats. U.S. intelligence agencies identified the network as a principal meddler in the 2016 presidential election. Now, it is linking 5G signals to brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumors and Alzheimer's disease claims that lack scientific support.

Yet even as RT America, the cat's paw of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has been doing its best to stoke the fears of American viewers, Mr. Putin, on Feb. 20, ordered the launch of Russian 5G networks in a tone evoking optimism rather than doom.

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I'm not sure what either of you are looking at, but I see "RT" referenced in the piece about 36 times.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to wash down my screen and apologize to it, after forcing it to display a NYT page.

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I've got the same question as Fred W and David Watts. Are there two very different versions of this article?

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Here is the original


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Possible that their own ombudsman demanded a retraction. It is the sleaziest piece of crap I have ever seen them print .

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You guys are obviously looking on this page for something that is in the NYT article that was linked in it. Here, click this.

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Apparently the article was changed. It's quite different now.

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That's part of the plot...the Ruskies implanted this subliminal message in the article to brainwash you:


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[Photo: RT trucks lining up to get their marching orders directly from Putin]

More evidence! Puppet master and KGB ventriloquist Putin puts words into Rick Sanchez's mouth while he is eating a perogie. (irony)

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+1! :D

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Roger-Dodger, you Old Codger, Billy. I'll still watch R. Sanchez AND YOU.

yOU'RE BOTH TOPS.

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Rick Sanchez (RT) just did a "call-out" to the New York Times, challenging them to produce any evidence or sources for this ridiculous piece. He included a challenge to have someone do this on RT Live, where there would be no editing of the interview possible.

RT has done many such call-outs to various propaganda peddlers, and has yet to have one of these challenges accepted or even acknowledged, as far as I can remember. Expect the NYT challenge to be just another one like that.

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This is from may 13 - Rick Sanchez taking the slimes down and proving them corrupt. slimes is hooked in with verizon. to have published a commercial for telecoms as though it were a news story - and on the front page. I hope the Times goes bankrupt over this - and I hope all of the slimes editorial staff will be living directly under 5G towers. click here

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Very interesting, thorough, and incisive. You have valuably opened a lot of doors of perception in this article.


However, I disagree vehemently with one thing, and that is castigating the coverage of the prisons in Syria as less than genuine; the negative aspersion you cultivated early in your article boils down to was I think removed from reality. (You wrote that is was another of "their usual spitballs of state/corporate propaganda.)


That is reprehensible and unacceptable, at least in the realm of any sane contemporary progressive dialogue.


I was astonished at that article and read every word in horror. I think it took tremendous courage, resources, and compassion to be the only paper in the world to write about that subject, at least, the only one I know of to do so, and that distinction should be lauded and encouraged to continue, not dumped on as you have.



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Just to be clear, every American anchor on RT has stated on air that at no time were they ever censored, edited or told what to say or not to say, what to report on or what not to report on. It is a totally free-wheeling bunch of American lefties reporting the news and interviewing guests we all love to hear talk. By contrast, no journo hired at the Times is EVER free to choose what they report on or what slant they will give the reporting. They are slaves in a factory. period. same goes for cnn, fox, msnbc, abc, nbc and cbs and npr. There is no actual reporting going on at any of those "news" outlets - just government propaganda and war mongering. So the idea that RT is "propaganda" and US news is not is just laughable.

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"...where Americans, in America, covering American news, are called 'FOREIGN AGENTS' !"

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...yeah - I'm beginning to think RT is the only free press left on the planet

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As far as broadcast media is concerned, RT is one of a very few trustworthy news sources for North Americans now. Corporate ownership and corporate sponsorship has completely ruined the news for us. We've got maybe TeleSUR and a few others that do okay, but definitely, RT is the last standing truth teller for Canada and the US.

You have to look to the "freestylers" on the web for other reliable sources, and you have to do so with your brain on "full battery", to ensure you're properly picking through the trash.

For me, corporate media has undoubtedly earned their label as "Enemy of the People". In having the audacity to call themselves "journalists" while peddling nothing but propaganda, just seals the deal.

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You must be saying that there's no free press left, because a new outlet based in an authoritarian country can't possibly be free and trustworthy.

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They are Americans and it airs from London and Washington DC, not Moscow.

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It can when it doesn't have to obey its corporate owners or sponsors, the way the American MSM has to. The people on RT are free of that constraint.

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5 corporations own ALL news inside the US.. All of them love war and make billions from it. bottom line is that there is no news media inside the US. just propaganda.

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Actually, the New York Times is not a "new outlet", it's been based in an authoritarian country since 1851.

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So there's no democracy either? Wow, what a depressing world. I guess I'll have to rely completely on OEN.

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Don't forget about the very close seconds: Al Jazeera, plus the Guardian and the Independent (UK).


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The Guardian joined the dark side. the Independent also off and on. Al Jazeera still strong if you can find it.

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I stopped going to The Guardian and The Independent a little while back. Al Jazeera has been looking a bit impotent these days as well. :(

The Orwellian Thought Control Network is pretty much complete. RT will probably be under some form of attack soon, while the "think tanks" are busy helping the State to commandeer major Internet avenues so only "approved news" gets any visibility online.

Time to push back.

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During the Cold War Russia still had Voice of America, during WWII it was Radio Free Europe. So RT will get through to us by some means. I can see us all now, gathered around the short wave radio.

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"...gathered around the short wave radio."

Hehe. Listening to the newest version of "War of the Worlds", no doubt.

This is why I keep bangin' on about decentralized and encrypted services. The Thought Police may be able to interfere with things like Facebook and Twitter right now, but they'll have no such option with the newer tools of social communication.

Not too far down the road, I wouldn't be surprised to see the emergence of decentralized internet access itself (where a user can run his/her own gateway to the Internet, without a provider). Let 'em try messing with that!

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We get chipped, we won't be gathering anywhere.

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Keep saying it like it is, D.A.

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Excellent: "(RT) is a totally free-wheeling bunch of American lefties reporting the news and interviewing guests we all love to hear talk. By contrast, no journo hired at the Times is EVER free to choose what they report on or what slant they will give the reporting. They are slaves in a factory. period. same goes for cnn, fox, msnbc, abc, nbc and cbs and npr. There is no actual reporting going on at any of those "news" outlets - just government propaganda and war mongering. So the idea that RT is "propaganda" and US news is not is just laughable."


Yes, they are working at the factory. They are told to get propaganda production on the way. Wish they would all get out of the factory.

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Remember Bill Colby and Bill Casey, Lila1

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Well, I found out what I was missing. Guess I should have clicked on the NYT's link. This article posted on OEN had not reference to RT except in the title. The article in the New York Times had many references to "RT." So, while I am not all that slow, I guess I ain't all that quick either. It don't bother me to stand corrected. So, I stand corrected.

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Ditto

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I love it when a plan comes together. :)

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Would you still fly a "MAX 8", David?

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Only if you would be my co-pilot. :)

I have no interest in ever flying again. In fact it would make me happy if I never again went to the airport and went through security. I don't even want to ever again get on an airplane. Now, if you would be my co-pilot, shoot, I might fly again... :)

Here are three comments I made on the article for March 18,

Boeing's Doomed 737 MAX's

-- I would like to throw in a few comments. I don't know what is going on with MCAS and the Boeing 737 Max. But, without checking out why an auto-correcting, anti-stall feature was programmed in, it makes no sense to me why the heck they thought it was necessary. About the most basic flying skill that a pilot learns when starting to fly is to not let the airspeed fall off to the point the airplane stalls. A student pilot is taught early on how to avoid a stall, how to recognize a stall, and how to recover from a stall. Airline pilots do not stall airliners. (Note: A stall is not the engine stalling.)

Back to the 737 MAXs. Yes, there is something about the MCAS that appears to be really screwed up. Without a doubt, the airplanes crashed themselves...

By the way, I was an airline pilot.

This article is about a serious issue but I am going to add one more thing that I hope does not offend anyone. It used to be called a cockpit. When women pilots came along, they changed the name to ... box office. :)

(I was not the one who came up with that. I am just repeating someone else's humor. OK?!?)


-- Just yesterday I said a third pilot is not necessary. After that a report came out that an extra pilot saved a Lion Air 737 MAX from crashing:

As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing 737 Max 8, they got help from an unexpected source: an off-duty pilot who happened to be riding in the cockpit.

That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jumpseat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system and save the plane, according to two people familiar with Indonesia's investigation.

"The so-called dead-head pilot on the flight from Bali to Jakarta told the crew to cut power to the motor in the trim system that was driving the nose down, according to the people familiar, part of a checklist that all pilots are required to memorize."

By contrast, the crew on the flight that crashed the next day didn't know how to respond to the malfunction, said one of the people familiar with the plane's cockpit voice recorder recovered as part of the investigation. They can be heard checking their quick reference handbook, a summary of how to handle unusual or emergency situations, in the minutes before they crashed, Reuters reported, citing people it didn't name.

.......

It was fortunate that a third off-duty pilot in the cockpit happened to know that the control problems that were occurring were caused by a malfunctioning MCAS and also knew how to disable it. It was unfortunate the pilots did not know the same information in both the Lion Air and Ethiopian 737 MAX crashes. But you can be sure that all 737 MAX pilots in the future will know the procedure to disable the MCAS system when encountering the same control problems.

Even so, as I explained in the 1st paragraph of my above comment, there seems to be no damn good reason to have the MCAS system anyway. Unless I am wrong about that, the simple and easy solution would be to disable the MCAS on all 737 MAX airplanes.


-- Thanks Eddy. I just checked and you are right. I thought I might be missing something because it made no sense to me why an auto-correcting, anti-stall feature would be put in; airline pilots don't stall airliners. But, I was missing something.

This is something I found:

"The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was developed for the 737 MAX to prevent stalls in flaps-retracted, low-speed, nose-up flight.[69] The MCAS uses airspeed and other sensor data to make an attempt at computing when a dangerous condition has developed and then trims the aircraft nose down.[70]

"Boeing 737 MAX aircraft have engines mounted higher and further forward than previous 737 models. According to The Air Current, "the relocated engines and the refined nacelle shape" cause an upward pitching moment. In order to pass Part 25 certification requirements, Boeing employed the MCAS to automatically apply nose-down trim when the aircraft is in steep turns or in low-speed, flaps-retracted flight. When the angle of attack (AOA) exceeds a limit that depends on airspeed and altitude, the system activates without notice to the pilot. The system is temporarily deactivated when a pilot trims the aircraft using a switch on the yoke."

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