New York Times slimes on Julian Assange

Bill Keller of the New York Times accuses Wikileaks of engaging in ‘anti-war propaganda’. Of course that is something that the august ‘paper of record’ would never do. It only engages in pro-war propaganda. Check out the kind of things Keller was writing in the lead up to the Iraq war.

Phenomenons otherwise known as Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have – no doubt – turned world politics and journalism, upside-down. Maybe that’s why the New York Times was among the first US Media outlets to begin working with Assange last year, securing scoops on classified US Government documents obtained by WikiLeaks. Six months later, the relationship has soured and the Times is looking to profit from it by publishing a critical tell-all book about the source that they once relied on.

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

3 thoughts on “New York Times slimes on Julian Assange”

  1. This is if anything another thing one could see coming. Free speech and as such part of the US Constitution will be for sale in a newsstand in a little while as well. At least now it has come out in the open how U.S. media are catering to certain powers that suppress free speech except for your usual Brittney, Justin Bieber or other nonsense. Why not air Al Jazeera English in the US?

  2. Keller in his piece slimes Assange as “thin-skinned” and “oddly credulous,” epithets much better suited to the slime-slinger and many of his “reporters” who time and again swallow whole the govt’s press releases then faithfully regurge them with nary an edit. From the weapons of mass destruction to the ongoing “success” of the war in Afghanistan, the NY Times has shown it will believe anything.

  3. Mainstream media is a lapdog for corporate America, and the U.S. government is simply an administrative arm of the corporations. The U.S. government exists to look out for and promote the interests of corporations. Period. If you view the world through this lens, then everything is understood much more easily.

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