The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy

The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy

by Richard Falk, Howard Friel
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The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy

To back up their charge that the New York Times did not live up to its reputation of impartiality in providing advocacy for the current Iraq invasion, Friel, founder/president of Differentiated Information Inc. and Falk (emeritus, international law and practice, Princeton U.) analyzed its editorials for the past 50 years. They argue that not only did the influential newspaper not present dissenting views, but that its coverage of U.S. foreign policy has consistently neglected international law. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 9781844670192
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 11/17/2004
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Without Facts or Law: The Us Invades Iraq15
2The Liberal Hawks on Iraq: A Pretense of Sophistication46
3Editorial Policy and Iraq: A Fortune-500 Company Positions its Product88
4A Crime Against Peace: Iraq and the Nuremberg Precedent121
5The Torture Overture: Human Rights, Harvard, and Iraq151
6Interventionism and due Diligence: Overthrowing Venezuela's President162
7A Dodgy Dissent: Nicaragua V. United States at the World Court184
8The Vietnam Syndrome: From the Gulf of Tonkin to Iraq226
Conclusion: Strict Scrutiny251

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The New York Times has for the last 50 years refused to consider international law as relevant to US foreign policy. This outstanding book shows how this failure has distorted the Timesf news and views and led to regular acceptance of the US statefs deceptions. The authors show how the Times has consistently echoed the US government. For example, it ignored the 1954 Geneva peace accords, reported as fact President Johnsonfs lies about Vietnamese aggression in the Tonkin Gulf in 1964, backed the illegal US interference in Nicaragua, misreported the 1986 World Courtfs condemnation of this interference, and denied the US role in the coup attempts against Venezuelafs elected President. Recently, the Times endorsed the illegal Bush/Blair aggression against Iraq, a violation of the UN Charter, which prohibits the use of force. In its 70 editorials on Iraq between 11 September 2001 and 21 March 2003, it never mentioned the UN Charter or international law. The Times presented Iraqi possession of WMD as fact, ignoring the IAEAfs 60 reports showing it had destroyed Iraqfs nuclear programme. The Times also ignored the UNMOVIC and IAEA reports that they had inspected eight of the nine suspected WMD sites listed in Blairfs September 2002 dossier, and found no evidence of WMD. The Times failed to note that possession of WMD, even if proven, is not a casus belli. The illegal invasion of Iraq led inevitably to all the other illegalities, the illegal occupation, the killing of more than 100,000 civilians, the illegal detention of 40,000 Iraqis, the systematic abuse and atrocities, the destruction of 70% of Fallujahfs homes. The authors point out that torture thrives where detainees are illegally held in secret without charge or trial, that is, kidnapped. This crime by the US and British leaders led inevitably to breaches of the US Constitution, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment, and of the Geneva Conventions and the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.