NYT Advocates Internet Censorship
Date Written: 20/11/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20158
The New York Times wants a system of censorship for the Internet to block what it calls "fake news," but the Times ignores its own record of publishing "fake news."
But, with a stunning lack of self-awareness, the Times fails to acknowledge the many times that it has published fake news, such as reporting in 2002 that Iraqs purchase of aluminum tubes meant that it was reconstituting its nuclear weapons program; its bogus analysis tracing the firing location of a Syrian sarin-laden rocket in 2013 back to a Syrian military base that turned out to be four times outside the rockets range; or its publication of photos supposedly showing Russian soldiers inside Russia and then inside Ukraine in 2014 when it turned out that the inside-Russia photo was also taken inside Ukraine, destroying the premise of the story.
These are just three examples among many of the Times publishing fake news and all three appeared on Page One before being grudgingly or partially retracted, usually far inside the newspaper under opaque headlines so most readers wouldnt notice. Much of the Times fake news continued to reverberate in support of U.S. government propaganda even after the partial retractions.
So, should Zuckerberg prevent Facebook users from circulating New York Times stories? Obviously, the Times would not favor that solution to the problem of fake news. Instead, the Times expects to be one of the arbiters deciding which Internet outlets get banned and which ones get gold seals of approval.