Skip to comments.A New Yorker Kind of Guy (He worked for Time, spied for the Communists, and helped kill Americans)
Posted on 06/08/2005 10:23:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
If you wanted to see the perfect example of the ethical and moral collapse of the Mainstream Media, you could not do better than a long article in the New Yorker of May 23, 2005. The article is entitled, "The Spy Who Loved Us." Written by a teacher at the University of Albany, named Thomas Bass, it's about a man named Pham Xuan An. Now very old, An was -- among many other things -- a correspondent in Saigon during the Vietnam War for Time magazine. He was apparently considered a particularly brilliant and well-informed correspondent and very well liked by his colleagues in the Western press corps during the war.
He was also a Communist spy, working for the North Vietnamese, informing them of what he knew about American military plans, troop movements, political agendas.
He even helped the Communists win large battles by directing Vietcong and North Vietnamese troops against American and South Vietnamese forces. He helped plan the Tet Offensive of 1968, including helping the man who planned the attack on the U.S. Embassy. This was the offensive where thousands of innocent civilians were massacred by the Communists.
When the war ended, An offered to go to the U.S. and continue spying for the Communists there. The offer was denied and he lives quietly in Ho Chi Minh City, where, among other pets, he keeps fighting cocks -- a practice generally considered barbaric in the circles of New Yorker readers, but another sign of his cuteness to Professor Bass. In fact, the whole article is about how cute and smart and clever and brave a guy An is. A lovable, brilliant, brave man who sent Americans and innocent civilians to their deaths. Bass even explains that almost all of An's former colleagues in the Western press still love the guy after learning he was a spy for America's enemy in the Vietnam War. They even gave money to bring him here for an auld lang syne visit not long ago.
In this article, which I would guess to be about 8,000 words or more, there is not one hint, not one whisper, of sympathy for the American soldiers who fought and died or were maimed in Vietnam. Not one sliver of anger at a man who took American money and helped kill Americans. Not a word about the mass murder of civilians during Tet.
Prof. Bass, the perfect modern academic, obviously greatly admires this man, spent days with him, and has not one bad word to say about An's bosses, who, again, killed civilians without remorse by the thousands, who even sent An to be "re-educated" after the war because he had so much contact with Western ideas.
I am not sure how many mothers or fathers or children or widows of Vietnam war casualties read the New Yorker. I am not sure if anyone who edited the piece -- and it is edited well, although utterly without moral input -- had friends or family who fought there (such as my late father in law, Col. Dale Denman, Jr.). But how insulting, how insulting must an article like this be to them. How insulting it is to us all: to lavish praise on a man who helped kill our fellow Americans, to describe him in endearing terms, to try to make him seem like a kindly uncle.
If the New Yorker is one of the flagships of the Mainstream Media fleet, they are sailing in maddeningly disloyal, contemptuous waters and obviously have been for a while. Small wonder the media gloried in Mark Felt and Watergate last week. In those days, Americans actually trusted the Mainstream Media. The New Yorker piece by Prof. Bass makes it clear how wrong we were. He's a fine writer but a man whose piece lacks any moral compass at all. And what of the fellow journalists in Saigon cheering him on? Now we know a bit more about why the war turned out as it did.
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Someday there will be an accounting for our traitors.
Thank heaven for Ben Stein.
That is not surprising. He was a spy for America's enemy but not for theirs. Their enemy was America, or more precisely, their support was for a "higher truth" to which most of them still cling, a "truth" that cost American lives and the Vietnamese their freedom. It is a "truth" that places more value on pretty abstractions than on gritty facts, and when the bodies start piling up retreats to the whimpering defense that its intentions were sound.
These are people who to this day claim that the right side won and that the executions, the camps, and the boat people either never happened or may be safely ignored, or better, blamed on the other side. They're happy with a spy, a liar, and a murderer because they see his face in their mirrors each morning.
Yes, someday there will be. I look forward to that day.
There was one last November, at least for Kerry. I can't think of a better one for him, and now he's outed as the cerebral dunce. It may not what everybody would like, but I'll take it.
I hope he dies an EXTREMELY painful death...maybe his fighting cocks could slowly peck him to death.
However, worse than this piece of garbage...a teacher at the University of Albany, named Thomas Bass... teaching another generation to be the anti-American, communist scum that they are.
If he came back, why wasn't he arrested, tried, and executed?
These days it brings to mind someone who is quite loathsome.
The professors left that are still decent and respectable shouldn't stand for this. They should rise up and speak out to try and put an end to the "intellectual" depravity we are subjected to these days.
I don't know how exactly they could accomplish this enormous undertaking. It may well be far too late to save American education.
It's just wishful thinking on my part, and it makes me sick to think about what a shambles they've purposely made of our once great educational heritage.
Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets.
CNN.com: Washington - "FBI SPY CHIEF ASKS PRIVATE SECTOR FOR HELP" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence David Szady, cited Russia, Iran, Cuba and North Korea among countries he said engage in espionage against the United States, but he focused heavily on activities by Chinese. "There are 150,000 students from China. Some of those are sent here to work their way up into the corporations," Szady said. There are about 300,000 Chinese visitors annually, and 15,000 Chinese delegations touring the United States every year, 3,500 of them in the New York area alone, he said.") (February 10, 2005) (Read More...)
NZHERALD.co.nz (REUTERS): Beijing - "CHINA GOES UNDERCOVER TO SWAY OPINION ON INTERNET" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "China has formed a special force of undercover online commentators to try to sway public opinion on controversial issues on the Internet, a newspaper said yesterday. China has struggled to gain control over the Internet as more and more people gain access to obtain information beyond official sources. The country has nearly 100 million Internet users, according to official figures, and the figure is rising. A special force of online commentators had already been operating in Suqian city in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu since April, the Southern Weekend said.") (May 20, 2005) (Read More...) (Note: This url may expire.)
Again, the msm showing their true colors.
I ain't holdin' my breath, Travis.
Thanks for posting the Chinese references sites. I hadn't read most of them...after having done so, I just want to go back to bed and not wake up!!!
Although he does look like the kind of smug p***k that you'd render unconscious if he so much as spoke to you in a bar.
Thanks for the ping.
As long as the msm has scum like bass representing them, we have nothing to worry about as to whether they will wake up and change.
PHD from UC Santa Cruz says it all.
Who is our Madame Dufarge? And I don't mean the FReeper with that username.
He's still in a very powerful position in the Senate. There hasn't been nearly enough of an accounting.
Bass unearths the story of Pham Xuan An, a "brilliant political analyst" from Vietnam who began his reporting career with Reuters in the 1960s, then moved on to the New York Herald Tribune and The Christian Science Monitor, before spending 11 years with Time. An turned out to be a double agent for the Communists throughout the Vietnam War.
According to Bass's article, An joined the Communist Party in 1953, and was the first spy recruited by North Vietnam's military intelligence network. He fed the Communists secret military dispatches that were taken by courier through the Cu Chi network of tunnels. They eventually made their way to the Politburo in North Vietnam. Twenty-seven of those 45 couriers "were captured and killed," Bass wrote.
An "says he never lied to anyone, that he gave the same political analyses to Time that he gave to Ho Chi Minh. He was a divided man of utter integrity, someone who lived a lie and always told the truth," wrote Bass.
OUTSTANDING post. Thanks.
If I posted what I really think, I might get suspended/banned. But yes.
Thankfully, Ben Stein is one of the five or six Americans who reads the New Yorker. The New Yorker is more a liberal trope for looking hip when one opens one's briefcase. I have long thought it self-evident that liberals are far more comfortable in the company of Commies than Conservatives. Apparently this is true even when the Commies are murdering Americans.