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Russ Baker: The NY Times’ Ostrich Act on JFK Assassination Getting Old

http://whowhatwhy.com/2011/07/27/the-ny-times%E2%80%99-ostrich-act-on-jfk-assassination-getting-old/

By Russ Baker on Jul 27, 2011

Nobody’s perfect. But it’s hard to think of anything as unworthy of a high-quality journalistic institution as the New York Times’ decades-long determination to never, ever, find any reason to question the original story spun by the Warren Commission on the JFK assassination. No matter how much new evidence has come out to the contrary.

It reminds a bit of the forever-blinkered character Sgt. Schultz on the old tv show Hogan’s Heroes (“I see NUUU-singg”—here’s a good clip, watch first minute or so…)

Ask any reporter, privately, what he or she thinks on this issue. Putting aside those who will demur on the basis of not having read widely on the topic (a surprisingly large number), you’ll find most believing that the “lone nut” or “Leftist loner” narratives about Oswald are utter junk. This would certainly apply in the New York Times newsroom.

NY Times: "The Cover-Up Continues"

No, no mention of 9/11. Just a reminder that for the mainstream press you can talk about Bush's "abuses of power," but you can't cross the imaginary line that protects the 9/11 Commission.

October+26,+2009
Editorial
The Cover-Up Continues

The Obama administration has clung for so long to the Bush administration’s expansive claims of national security and executive power that it is in danger of turning President George W. Bush’s cover-up of abuses committed in the name of fighting terrorism into President Barack Obama’s cover-up.

We have had recent reminders of this dismaying retreat from Mr. Obama’s passionate campaign promises to make a break with Mr. Bush’s abuses of power, a shift that denies justice to the victims of wayward government policies and shields officials from accountability.

No money to treat 9/11 workers, $3 billion a week to fight Iraq?

Source: http://www.onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_1551.shtml

Commentary

No money to treat 9/11 workers, $3 billion a week to fight Iraq?

By Jerry Mazza

Online Journal Associate Editor

Dec 20, 2006, 03:14

Is this a new 9/11 conspiracy The New York Times is reporting? That “roughly $40 million that was set aside by the federal government to treat rescue workers, volunteers and firefighters who became ill after helping with the 9/11 cleanup and recovery will run out in months, physicians and federal officials said yesterday.” And the fund goes broke while the war meter ticks in Iraq at nearly $3 billion a week?

On top of that, that sanctimonious Contra criminal, Robert Gates, sworn in Monday as defense secretary warns us that failure in Iraq would be a “calamity” that would haunt the United States for years. Well Bobby, we’ve got a “calamity” here in New York (still part of the United States) that has haunted us for five years and won’t go away. So take your “commanders' assessments” “unvarnished and straight from the shoulder” and you know where to put ‘em.

Line-of-Duty Death Benefits for Officer’s Work After 9/11

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/21/nyregion/21borjas.html

March 21, 2007

Line-of-Duty Death Benefits for Officer’s Work After 9/11

By SEWELL CHAN

The New York City Police Pension Fund has approved line-of-duty death benefits for the family of Cesar A. Borja, the police officer whose death in January became a symbol of the plight of those who worked in Lower Manhattan after 9/11.

The fund’s board unanimously approved the benefits on March 14. The decision, which was expected, did not resolve the question of what caused the chronic lung ailment that killed Officer Borja and what role his work in Lower Manhattan might have had in the development of the disease.

Under a state law signed by Gov. George E. Pataki in June 2005, public employees who took part in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery or cleanup efforts are presumed, if they became permanently disabled because of certain medical conditions, to have gotten sick in connection with the disaster.