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    THE AMNESIAS OF BARON SULZBERGER By François Costes English/French document We, Israelis, enjoy full immunity, and have no doubt, if and when our government
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      THE AMNESIAS OF BARON SULZBERGER

      By François Costes
      English/French document



      We, Israelis, enjoy full immunity,
      and have
      no doubt, if and when our
      government decides
      to turn the Palestinians into
      canned meat, the
      New York Times will celebrate its
      nutritional
      values.

      Israel Shamir
      Kid Sister
      Jaffa, February 17, 2001


      They've probably mentioned [the
      1956 Kafr
      Kassem] massacre before and may have
      reported it at the time. But at the
      time the
      [New York] Times was not a pro-
      Israel paper.
      It was kind of non-Zionist. So it's
      quite
      possible that they reported it
      accurately
      at the time. In recent decades, the
      Times
      has been a highly pro-Israel paper.

      Noam Chomsky
      Interview with David Barsamian
      April 10, 2000
      Propaganda and the Public Mind
      (2001)




      The editors and the publisher of The New York Times, Baron
      Arthur Sulzberger, seem to suffer from acute memory losses.

      Here's how the newspaper has reported to the American public
      several major demonstrations that took place in France, in the
      United States, in the United Kingdom, and in Italy during the
      year 2002.



      Paris, April 7, 2002

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      On Sunday, April 7, 2002, a demonstration in support of the
      State of Israel took place in the streets of Paris (France).
      A Reuters wire posted the same day on the site of the French
      daily Libération gives an idea of the magnitude of this event:

      Au lendemain d'une mobilisation en faveur des Palestiniens,
      plusieurs dizaines de milliers de personnes ont manifesté
      à Paris et en province pour dénoncer les violences antisémites
      et soutenir Israël. (...) Dans la capitale française, 150.000
      personnes selon les organisateurs, 53.000 selon la police,
      ont défilé de la place de la République jusqu'à la Bastille.

      During this demonstration, hundreds of extremists organized in
      commandos belonging to the Betar and the Jewish Defense League
      (JDL) attacked journalists, policemen, Arabs, Blacks, and pacifist
      Jews, as reported in the French daily Le Monde in its April 8 and 9
      editions (Internet):

      Quand les manifestants arrivent place de la Bastille,
      vers 19 heures, quelques dizaines de jeunes excités
      les ont précédés depuis longtemps. Certains portent des
      blousons du Betar, ce mouvement proche de la droite
      nationaliste israélienne (Le Monde daté 7-8 avril),
      d'autres des tee-shirts jaunes de la Ligue de défense
      juive,
      organisation radicale. Pendant près de deux heures,
      ils prennent pour cible des Maghrébins passant par hasard
      sur la place ou dans les rues adjacentes. Courant par
      bandes, armés de casques ou de bouts de bois - souvenirs
      de pancartes - voire de petites battes de base-ball, les
      jeunes du Betar n'ont eu cure des rappels à l'ordre et
      des cris des manifestants pacifiques. Ils ont même frappé
      ceux qui tonnaient contre eux, leurs autres cibles
      privilégiées
      étant les CRS et les journalistes. [...] Ces chasses à
      l'homme apparaissaient préméditées. Disposant de
      talkie-walkies pour éviter le réseau téléphonique saturé,
      ces jeunes extrêmistes, dont beaucoup paraissaient
      mineurs,
      se félicitaient des coups donnés en se tapant dans les
      mains,
      aux cris de " Plus d'Arabes, plus de problèmes ! ".

      "Un noyau de 400 à 500 personnes appartenant à des
      mouvements extrémistes pro-israéliens, organisés en
      commandos très mobiles -...- n'ont cessé de provoquer
      pendant plusieurs heures", a déclaré, lundi 9 avril, le
      préfet de police de Paris, Jean-Paul Proust, qui a
      affirmé
      que "tout serait mis en oeuvre" pour retrouver les
      agresseurs
      d'un commissaire de police en uniforme, frappé d'un coup
      de couteau et dont les jours ne sont pas en danger.
      Reporters sans frontières a demandé au procureur de la
      République de Paris l'ouverture d'une enquête, à la suite
      des violences dont plusieurs journalistes couvrant la
      manifestation ont été victimes. Selon l'association, un
      cameraman de la télévision espagnole Antena 3 a été
      passé à tabac " par des membres du service d'ordre de
      la manifestation qui portaient des brassards ". Par
      ailleurs,
      dix journalistes et techniciens de la chaîne France 2 ont
      été pris à partie, dont un cameraman d'origine
      guadeloupéenne,
      qui a subi des injures racistes. Un photographe
      travaillant
      pour un site Internet a été frappé à coups de pied. Les
      mouvements extrémistes juifs du Betar et de la Ligue de
      défense juive (LDJ) sont particulièrement mis en cause.
      Le Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l'amitié entre les
      peuples (MRAP) a demandé, lundi 8 avril, la dissolution
      de la Ligue de défense juive, accusant cette organisation
      d'avoir mené une " véritable chasse au faciès " et des
      " ratonnades dans les rues de Paris ". Plusieurs
      témoignages
      rapportent, en effet, que des jeunes vêtus du T-shirt
      jaune
      de la LDJ ont poursuivi et frappé des personnes d'origine
      maghrébine en marge de la manifestation, sur la place de
      la Bastille et dans les rues voisines. Les manifestants
      d'un
      rassemblement organisé par le mouvement pacifiste Shalom
      Archav (" La Paix maintenant ") ont également été pris à
      partie.

      How did The New York Times report this event? With utmost
      discretion: In its national edition of Monday, April 8, 2002, there
      is just one photo showing the Paris crowd (Section A, page 3).
      Curiously, this photo is inserted in an article by Marlise Simons
      entitled "The Mideast in Marseille: Violence Shakes a City". Its
      legend indicates only:

      About 50,000 people marched yesterday in Paris to protest
      anti-Jewish attacks and to support Israel. Clashes broke
      out between counterdemonstrators and marchers and a
      police officer was stabbed.

      Sulzberger's newspaper does not state clearly that the violence
      was provoked by a large group of Zionist extremists linked
      to the organizers of the march and that the French police
      officer was stabbed by one of them.

      In contrast, when, a few days later, on Wednesday, April 10,
      2002, some Jewish teenagers playing soccer in a Paris suburb
      were beaten by masked aggressors, The New York Times
      dedicated a whole article to the story under the catchy title
      "Gang Attacks Jews on Sport Field in France" (04/13/2002,
      Section A, page 3). The author, Suzanne Daley, made no
      reference whatsoever to the violence committed by the Betar
      and the JDL the previous Sunday, even if these actions may
      have explained a retaliatory attack on the soccer players.


      Washington, April 15, 2002

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      A week later, on Monday, April 15, 2002, another demonstration
      in support of the State of Israel took place, this time in the
      streets of Washington (DC).

      How did The New York Times report this event? Sulzberger's
      newspaper did it the following day (04/16/2002) with an article
      and a large color photo centered on the upper part of the front
      page. Its legend says:

      More than 100,000 demonstrators rallied yesterday at
      the Capitol, urging the Bush administration to support
      Israel and refuse negotiations with Yasir Arafat, the
      Palestinian leader.

      The article mentioned the participation of several American
      Zionist and Israeli public figures such as Paul Wolfowitz and
      Benjamin Netanyahu with quotes of their declarations.
      The front-page photo was taken at an angle such that the
      crowd seems enormous. In fact, the 100,000 figure given
      by The New York Times was largely inflated due to...
      a "coordination" problem with one of its desks: The real
      number was in the low thousands (see below).


      London, September 28, 2002

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      On Saturday, September 28, 2002, a demonstration took
      place in the streets of London against the war planned
      in Irak by the Washington administration with the full support
      of the Jewish-American-Zionist lobby (JAZ) and the Israeli
      government. An article published in CounterPunch (09/16-30/2002),
      one of the best American political gazettes, gives an idea of
      the magnitude of this event:

      The London rally on September 28 against any attack
      on Iraq was huge. The police and the Murdoch-owned
      London Sunday Times put the crowd at 150,000. The
      Independent reported "between 150,000 and 350,000".
      The rally's organizers reckoned more than 250,000 and
      the Guardian said "up to 400,000".

      How did The New York Times report this event? In its national
      editions of Sunday, September 29, and Monday, September 30,
      2002 (section A), there is nothing about this demonstration.

      A week earlier, on Sunday, September 22, 2002, another
      important demonstration had taken place in the British capital.
      A huge crowd had gathered in London to defend country
      lifestyle and... fox hunting! Interestingly, The New York Times
      did report this event the following day (09/23/2002) under the
      title "400,000 Rural Protesters Take to London Streets" with
      a photo of the demonstrators and their signs.

      Is Iraqi hunting a less important topic than fox hunting?


      Rome, September 28, 2002


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      On Saturday, September 28, 2002, a demonstration against
      the war in Irak took place in the streets of Rome (Italy).
      A Reuters wire of the same day gives an idea of the magnitude
      of this event:

      Des milliers de pacifistes italiens armés de drapeaux
      et de sifflets ont manifesté samedi dans les rues de
      Rome pour exprimer leur hostilité à une nouvelle
      guerre contre l'Irak. Accusant le président américain
      George W. Bush de nourrir des desseins belliqueux,
      le cortège s'est frayé un chemin au coeur de la Ville
      éternelle, avant de s'immobiliser sur une grande place
      du centre-ville. Selon Refondation communiste,
      organisateur de la marche, cette dernière a rassemblé
      plus de 100.000 participants. La police n'a pas fourni
      d'estimations mais les journalistes présents ont, quant
      à eux, avancé un chiffre plus proche des 50.000.

      Another source (www.eurolegal.org) confirms the importance
      of this demonstration:

      But 70% of the Italian public are against military
      intervention in Iraq: On 28th September 2002 around
      100,000 people demonstrated on the streets of Rome
      against Berlusconi's support for Bush and there was
      also a big demonstration in Milan.

      How did The New York Times report this event? In its national
      editions of Sunday, September 29, and Monday, September 30,
      2002 (section A), there is nothing about this demonstration.


      Washington, October 26, 2002


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      On Saturday, October 26, 2002, a demonstration against
      the war in Irak took place in the streets of Washington near
      the White House. A report posted on the Internet site of
      International Answer (www.internationalanswer.org), the
      organizer of the march, gives an idea of the magnitude of
      this event:

      In the largest anti-war demonstration since the Vietnam
      War era, more than a quarter of a million people took
      to the streets in Washington, DC and San Francisco.
      Other demonstrations took place in cities around the
      world. [...] The largest demonstration took place in
      Washington D.C., where tens of thousands of people
      participated in a rally that began adjacent to the
      Vietnam
      Veterans War Memorial. While the Washington Post
      and police put the figure at above 100,000, news anchors
      on Pacifica radio, which broadcast the event live, put
      the
      figure at over 200,000. [...] The march in Washington
      D.C.
      was so large that when marchers at the front of the
      procession
      returned to Constitution Avenue on their way back, they
      had to wait to allow demonstrators at the tail of the
      march
      to pass. Organizers say a demonstration of this magnitude
      had not happened since 1969, five years after Congress
      passed the Gulf of Tonkin authorizing President Johnson
      to launch a war on Vietnam.

      How did The New York Times report this event? In its national
      editions of Sunday, October 27, and Monday, October 28, 2002
      (section A), there is nothing about this demonstration.

      Under the pressure of the public, Sulzberger's newspaper finally
      published something, but four days after the march (10/30/2002),
      and the article omits a lot of things. For instance, it does not
      mention
      the participation of famous activists and public figures like Ramsey
      Clark or Jesse Jackson and, consequently, does not quote any
      of them, in spite of the fact that the media had their own podium
      facing the stage with a battery of cameras and microphones.

      I was in Washington on October 26, 2002. Under blue skies,
      I spent half a day in a huge crowd that gave a great lesson
      of democracy to the country. A very mixed and joyful crowd
      of students, unionists, veterans, pro-Palestinian activists,
      socialist militants, Franciscan nuns, mothers and children,
      pacifist lawyers, sympathizers of all kinds and, probably,
      agents of the FBI and the Mossad. On the thousands of signs
      mixed with Palestinian flags, one could read devastating
      slogans against the planned attack and the warmongers of
      the Bush administration: "Drop Bush, not bombs", "We're in
      deep shit when our bombs are smarter than our President",
      "Draft Richard Perle" or "Axis of evil = Rumsfeld, Bush, Powell".
      In the morning, many speakers took the stage near the
      Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and I had the great privilege of
      hearing two extraordinary activists, the actress Susan Sarandon
      and the former Assistant Attorney and then Attorney General
      of the Kennedy and Johnson cabinets, Ramsey Clark.


      Florence, November 9, 2002


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      On Saturday, November 9, 2002, a demonstration against
      the war in Irak took place in the streets of Florence (Italy).
      Wires posted the same day on the Internet sites of the French
      daily Le Monde (via AFP) and Reuters give an idea of the
      magnitude of this event:

      Entre 400.000 et un million de personnes, selon
      la police ou les organisateurs, ont participé samedi
      à Florence à une marche contre la guerre, point
      culminant du premier Forum social européen.

      More than half a million anti-war protesters from
      across Europe marched through this Italian Renaissance
      city on Saturday in a loud and colorful demonstration
      denouncing any possible U.S. attack on Iraq. Brimming
      with anti-American feelings and riled by a tough new
      U.N. resolution to disarm Iraq, young and old activists
      from as far afield as Russia and Portugal joined forces
      for the carnival-like rally, singing Communist anthems
      and 1970s peace songs. [...] Authorities estimated that
      some 450,000 protesters flooded Florence's streets for
      the march on a chilly autumn afternoon. But by dusk, the
      crowd had swelled to over half a million, many of them
      arriving on specially chartered trains and buses.
      Organizers
      estimated the gathering at around one million, making it
      one of Italy's biggest ever anti-war rallies.

      How did The New York Times report this event? This time,
      Sulzberger's newspaper quickly informed the American public
      with a front-page color photo in its Sunday edition (11/10/2002).
      But its legend minimizes the success of the march:

      More than 100,000 said "No to the War in Iraq" as
      they marched yesterday in Florence.

      Why did The New York Times finally decide to cover
      promptly a massive anti-war rally? Two reasons could
      explain this flip-flop. After the October march in Washington,
      the newspaper received more than a thousand e-mails
      from outraged readers protesting its coverage (source:
      www.fair.org). Its publisher was certainly concerned about
      a tarnished reputation and inclined to some damage
      control. Moreover, at the time of the Florence march,
      the mid-term elections were over (11/05/2002) and had
      been won by the Bush camp, the one who pushes the
      most for a war against Irak and the one that the bellicose
      JAZ lobby favors above all. Therefore, there was no immediate
      need for The New York Times to control further the
      minds and the hearts of the American public. During the
      election campaign, no dissident piccolo was supposed
      to disturb the concert for trumpets and bass drums
      orchestrated for or by the White House.

      In a recent article published on www.counterpunch.org ("How
      the Press Downplayed the Protests: Deceptions and Illusions",
      January 18-19, 2003,), Wayne Madsen rightly writes:

      The New York Times has become the chief perpetrator
      of low balling anti-Bush protestor numbers. A photo
      caption on its web site stated, "thousands of protestors"
      took part in the January 18 protest. A similar anti-war
      protest held in Washington last October 26 was estimated
      at between 100,000 and 200,000. It was the largest
      anti-war protest since the Vietnam War, but the Times
      reported the number of protestors as being in
      the "thousands."
      However, an April 15, 2002 pro-Israel rally at the US
      Capitol,
      was reported by the Times to be 100,000. In reality, the
      numbers were merely in the low thousands. The "Old Grey
      Lady" later admitted it had erroneously reported the
      inflated
      number due to a "coordination" problem with one of its
      desks.
      Five days later, a pro-Palestinian rally was held on the
      White
      House Ellipse. Organizers claim the crowd was 100,000 but
      Washington police chief Charles Ramsey put the numbers
      at between 35,000 and 50,000. Once again, the Times
      reported the numbers to be in the "tens of thousands."
      This
      is not just shoddy journalism but willful disinformation
      being
      perpetrated by corporate newspapers that want to curry
      favor
      with the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon.


      "Expect the World" promise day after day advertisements
      for The New York Times. But what world are you talking
      about, Baron Sulzberger? Do you really live on the same
      planet as ours?

      Perhaps the time has come to rename your rag The Zionist
      Times of New York.


      François Costes


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