"It took only 48 hours for the museum to be destroyed, with at least 170,000 artifacts carried away by looters." New York Times, April 13

"You'd have to go back centuries, to the Mongol invasion of Baghdad in
1258, to find looting on this scale."
       British archaeologist Eleanor Robson, New York Times, April 16

      WASHINGTON  Well, not really. Turns out the Iraqi National Museum
lost not 170,000 treasures but 33. Baghdad Bob was more accurate.

The New York Times has had a credibility problem for years. This particular news item is only the tip of the iceberg. Walter Duranty was one of the worst lie-mongers at the Times. Right now there is a real effort by several Ukrainian-American groups to revoke his Pulitzer prize for lying about Stalin's man-made famine (claiming there wasn't one when he clearly from the evidence knew there was), in the Ukraine which killed at least 10 million Kulaks. Other "errors" made by the Times was that Fidel Castro was the George Washington of Cuba and not a communist, and that Mao was merely an "agrarian reformer" and not the committed Marxist-Leninist that he was.

-- Steven Montgomery [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper . . The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in a situation to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who reading newspapers, live and die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time . . . General facts may indeed be collected from them, such as that Europe is now at war . . . but no details can be relied on. (Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Norvell, June 11, 1807)

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