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Americans best not rely on The New York Times’ perverted coverage (and non-coverage) of Afghanistan

Now that the Biden administration’s shambolic Afghanistan bugout is (a minimum of nominally) full, the massive query is: What comes subsequent? The reply relies upon on what the American folks, and the politicians who characterize them, consider to be the fact on the bottom. And in the event that they get their data from the nation’s self-appointed “paper of record,” The New York Times, they’ll consider a actuality fairly at odds with what we actually know in regards to the Taliban.

In the weeks for the reason that withdrawal and even throughout it, that coverage has typically been mild to nonexistent. And what reporting it has finished has bathed the Taliban in a softer, gentler glow than anybody may need ever imagined.

Take the Times’ current article on Afghanistan, a report on the Taliban’s choice to permit polio vaccinations to proceed within the war-torn nation. According to the Gray Lady, the Taliban is now “committed to providing protection to health care workers” — fairly uplifting news for a murderous terror regime.

What didn’t get reported by the Times this week, nonetheless, speaks volumes. Such as that the Taliban’s inside minister this week was reportedly on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul to reward with cash and garments the households of suicide bombers who focused the Indian embassy in 2008. The minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is the chief of the Haqqani terror community that beforehand bombed the exact same resort. Haqqani can also be the writer of one of essentially the most noteworthy New York Times opinion pieces of all of final yr.

Nor will Times readers know, for instance, that the State Department’s inspector common is probing Team Biden’s newest diplomatic strikes in Afghanistan.

Haqqani’s op-ed, full of platitudes about “inclusive” politics, “mutual respect,” “international partners,” “peace-building” and different insipid lies, did extra to normalize the Taliban than some other single piece of Taliban propaganda within the historical past of the lengthy conflict. And but there was no prolonged editor’s be aware (such because the one the paper tacked on to Sen. Tom Cotton’s op-ed about utilizing federal troops to quell riots) providing context — on this case, that the writer was head of one of essentially the most ruthless terror networks of the trendy period.

It’s a troubling sample. When the Taliban declared victory over the Afghan authorities, the story obtained front-page billing by main newspapers. The New York Times, nonetheless, didn’t assume it worthy of front-page coverage, although it did provide front-page news that day in regards to the dying of “The Wire” actor Michael Williams.

This sample has endured, as different main dailies continued to hold harrowing tales of the Taliban rampaging by Afghanistan, whereas the Times typically didn’t cowl the occasions in any respect.

In writing “The Gray Lady Winked,” my guide on how The New York Times alters historical past in service of its personal pursuits, I discovered that the paper’s simplest instrument in “editing reality” (as I’ve come to grasp it) is not what it covers however what it doesn’t. And the development goes again many years.

The most well-known instance: The paper’s infamous Russia correspondent, Walter Duranty, who, on the behest of the Times administration, determined not to cowl Stalin’s genocide within the Ukraine so as easy the trail for US recognition of the brand new Soviet regime. 

Think about it: Journalists love nothing greater than scoops, and the Afghanistan withdrawal, and subsequent chaos, was the inside track of a lifetime. The Times’ choice to downplay these tales, or forgo coverage completely, is a crimson flag that indicators there may be an agenda at work.

When the Times runs an op-ed by a mass assassin that reads like an Amnesty International brochure, and, one yr later, omits coverage of that very same terrorist handing out cash to the kinfolk of a suicide bomber at a resort his terror group attacked, you will be sure the cogs and gears of the Times’ agenda-machine are whirring frighteningly quick.

Ashley Rindsberg is writer of “The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times’ Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History.”

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