Russophobic NYT at it Again
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Time and again, the self-styled newspaper of record proves it's a national disgrace — a propaganda operation on the wrong side of major issues, especially geopolitical ones.
The Times pretends US wars of aggression against nonbelligerent states are all about democracy building and/or countering a threat to its security.
The US under both wings of its war party tolerates democracy the way it should be nowhere, especially not domestically.
Throughout the post WW II era, the only US threats were and remain invented ones. No real ones exist.
What the Times should explain to readers, it suppresses, acting as a mouthpiece for powerful US, other Western, Israeli interests, and their imperial allies.
When it comes to the rights of ordinary people, especially victims of the imperial state, the Times is AWOL.
Last week, a Russian experimental Rosatom corporation liquid-propellent rocket engine exploded at a military site's offshore platform in the country's Arkhangelsk region during engineering and technical work on its isotope sources.
The company's director general Alexey Likhachev confirmed the incident, killing five specialists, others seriously burned, the explosion causing a brief radiation level increase in the area that was quickly contained.
Russia's Defense Ministry said no radiation was released into the atmosphere, adding that its level around the incident's site returned to normal.
The tragedy involved employees of the Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics.
Likhachev explained that "a new special product" was undergoing tests, indicating work "will certainly be completed," safety of the engine in question to "be guaranteed."
Developing sophisticated weapons, equipment and other technology entails risks. It comes with the territory, including accidents and other mishaps.
RT said it's "unclear what type of 'experimental' missile or jet engine was being tested," adding:
"The secrecy around the failed military test and initial tight-lipped statements by the Defense Ministry immediately triggered conspiracy theories about authorities trying to conceal nothing less than a Chernobyl-scale incident."
Medical personnel on the scene aiding victims were "clearly visible unloading the injured without any additional precautions."
Separately, images of a mushroom-shaped black smoke plume following a Siberia blast at a munitions depot appeared on social and conventional media, suggesting it was nuclear radiation from the Arkhangelsk region incident — a Big Lie.
The Russophobic NYT jumped on the incident, asking "(w)hat happened at Russia's missile test site? Don't expect a straight answer from Vladimir Putin's government."
The Times falsely accused Moscow of "fake news" following the rocket engine's explosion. Suggesting a possible "Chernobyl" type incident is typical Times Russophobia.
It had to admit no increased radiation levels were reported in neighboring Finland or Norway while still on the warpath, roaring:
"(P)athetic, inchoate evasiveness of Russian authorities (sic) proved once again that the Kremlin is far more concerned with covering its behind (sic) than telling its people or the world what happened and how great the risk it carried (sic)."
Information I covered above showed Russian authorities explained plenty. Surely the Times and other establishment know what I learned.
Instead of full and accurate reporting, what journalism the way it's supposed to be is all about, the Times focused on Russia bashing — the same way it always operates against nations on the US target list for regime change.
Disinformation it featured falsely claimed that "elevated radiation levels panicked area residents to search for iodine to protect against absorbing."
RT explained that briefly increased radiation levels to "three times" what's normal dropped to the pre-explosion norm in around 30 minutes after the incident — "thus posing little risk for the population," according to Severodvinsk city authorities, adding:
"We are monitoring (radiation levels) around the clock. Over the last 24 hours, no change was" recorded.
"Soil, air and water samples examined by a team of scientists lead by the federal Consumer Protection agency also found no abnormal radiation readings," RT reported.
A separate Russian state weather monitoring agency recorded a spike in radiation levels at 4 - 16 times normal, lasting only about 90 minutes before subsiding.
On Tuesday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said "I can assure you that, naturally, all relevant government agencies are doing everything possible to guarantee the complete safety of Russian citizens. There should be no doubts about this."
Truth-telling straight talk isn't a Times attribute, nor from other Western media — disinformation, Big Lies, and fake news their specialty.
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