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One Pulitzer That Should Shake the World (Moscow Times: New York Times hid communist crimes)
Moscow Times ^ | 6/15/03 | Matt Bivens

Posted on 06/15/2003 8:51:20 PM PDT by DPB101

WASHINGTON -- America's most coveted journalism award is the Pulitzer Prize, and The New York Times has collected 89 of them. But now one of those Pulitzers is being challenged because the honored reporter was a fraud.

Is this about Jayson Blair, the whiz kid whose faked articles have deeply embarrassed his paper? Yes and no.

The prize in question was won in 1932 by Walter Duranty for "excellence in reporting" out of the Soviet Union. That same year, the Stalin regime sealed the borders of Ukraine, ordered the confiscation of grain, and engineered a mass famine -- one so neatly political that it stopped precisely at the Ukrainian-Russian internal border.

The Soviets called it "collectivization," the forcing of millions of people into collective farms. Ukrainians in America refer to it as the Holodomor -- roughly, the Famine-Genocide -- and they consciously use a capital "H" in imitation of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust -- the killing of about 6 million Jews, along with some 3 million Soviet POWs and thousands of Gypsies -- is woven into the textbooks, the consciousness and the monuments of nations everywhere.

And the Holodomor? It claimed some 7 million innocents. At its height, while the Soviets exported thousands of tons of grain to the West, Ukrainians were dying at a rate of 25,000 per day. Yet no one has heard of it. Every November, the U.S. president sends a short letter to Ukrainians marking the tragedy. Other than that, it passes virtually unmentioned.

To understand how the Holodomor slipped down the memory hole, one has to look back to the 1930s. The Great Depression was on, and in the West communism was admired or feared. That, plus the Soviet practice of deporting critics, soon filled the Moscow foreign press corps with apologists for Stalin.

Duranty was not alone. (Another apologist, Eugene Lyons of UPI, repented and wrote one of my favorite books, "Assignment in Utopia." Check out chapter XV, "The Press Corps Conceals a Famine," at www.colley.co.uk/garethjones/soviet_articles/assignment_in_utopia.htm)

But Duranty was unusually cynical. He would talk about millions of famine deaths, and then add, "But they're only Russians," and, "you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs." And incredibly, he won the Pulitzer for reporting in 1931 on Stalin's Five-Year Plans.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Holodomor, and in January the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America launched a campaign to have Duranty's Pulitzer rescinded. The Pulitzer board is formally studying that. But in the past, the board has split hairs, arguing that Duranty's Pulitzer was for reporting that predated the famine and had nothing to do with it, while The New York Times has taken the position that its own pages have since denounced and debunked Duranty's work, and his Pulitzer is displayed with an asterisk to that effect at Times' headquarters. And that's apparently good enough.

So, a cub reporter publishes a string of articles that plagiarize or embellish upon some pretty minor realities -- and this provokes a monster mea culpa on the front page detailing the paper's sins, followed by the resignations of its editors. Meanwhile, another reporter is known to have been a serial liar, someone who actively worked over many years to cover up the equivalent of the Holocaust -- and The New York Times admits as much, yet feels OK holding on to his Pulitzer.

Doesn't that tarnish the other 88?

Matt Bivens, a former editor of The Moscow Times, writes the Daily Outrage for The Nation magazine. [www.thenation.com]


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: duranty; nyt; pulitzer; walterduranty

1 posted on 06/15/2003 8:51:21 PM PDT by DPB101
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To: DPB101
Quite the stinger in the last line.
2 posted on 06/15/2003 8:57:04 PM PDT by secretagent
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To: DPB101
In all sincerity, my God, this is terrible. I wasn't even aware of it. How could this guy state that it was only Russians and a few eggs need to be broken. Geez Louise, the press is capable of rationalizing anything away aren't they.
3 posted on 06/15/2003 8:58:54 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne; Gareth_Jones_Archives; Liz; Fracas
The New York Times is in a world of hurt when a writer from The Nation Magazine and The Moscow Times accuses the paper of being sympathetic to communism.

Gareth Jones is the Welsh reporter who first reported on the Holodomor. His great nephew posted on Free Republic earlier today here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/927713/posts?page=31#31

The Jones family is understandably delighted that Gareth is finally receiving the recognition he deserves (Gareth was only 29 when he killed by bandits in Munchukuo while investigation Japanese expansion into Northern China).

A great archive of articles by Gareth Jones, Malcolm Muggeridge and the notorious 1933 "omelet" Moscow dispatch by Walter Duranty is at the Jones website here:

http://colley.co.uk/garethjones/

4 posted on 06/15/2003 9:10:38 PM PDT by DPB101 ("Smearing good people like Alger Hiss and Lauchlin Currie is . . .unforgivable"---Eleanor Roosevelt)
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To: DPB101
"the Holodomor slipped down the memory hole"

And if history and the recording of truth relied upon the American "mainstream newsmedia", a helluva lot more than that would "slip" down the memory hole!

"Doesn't that tarnish the other 88?"

Yes, of course, but that's far from the only thing.

And so much for that "newspaper of record" schtik.

Truth itself is the only "newspaper of record"!

5 posted on 06/15/2003 9:16:20 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Truth is the only "newspaper of record".)
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To: DPB101
Glory, never thought I'd see the day when the NYT would have to answer for this coverup.
6 posted on 06/15/2003 9:16:30 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: DoughtyOne
"Geez Louise, the press is capable of rationalizing anything away aren't they."

Yes, and they're still at it.

7 posted on 06/15/2003 9:17:33 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Truth is the only "newspaper of record".)
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To: Ciexyz; Liz
Liz suggested we go after Sydney Schanberg's Pulitzer next. At the time when Pol Pot was gearing up to murder a few million people, Sydney's reportage from Phnom Penh was headlined thusly:
"Indochina without Americans: for most, a better life."

8 posted on 06/15/2003 9:22:16 PM PDT by DPB101 ("Smearing good people like Alger Hiss and Lauchlin Currie is . . .unforgivable"---Eleanor Roosevelt)
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To: DoughtyOne
Actually, even the US goverment was pretty taken in by Stalin. In 1944 Vice President Henry Wallace visited the "Gulag" to put to rest rumors about death camps run by the Russians, similar to the Nazi camps.

From Kolyma - Land of Gold and Death, by Stanislav Kovalski:

"One dose of Stalin's "truth" was presented to the American Vice-President, Henry Wallace, when in 1944 he visited Kolyma. After the visit he left the country with the absolute conviction that "no such camps existed," in total agreement with the British philosopher, Bertrand Russell. Whatever was shown to the man who held one of the highest offices in the USA he accepted it as the truth and presented it in his book "Soviet Asia Mission." From this book the American reader learned that the gold miners of Kolyma are "big husky young men who came out to the Far East from European Russia," and who were "pioneers of machine age, builders of cities." He was greatly impressed with Kolyma's director Nikishov and his wife Gridassova, with Magadan's cultural life and with the shops full of Russian goods. The truth was that during his three-day stay the chiefs of Kolyma did their best to conceal the factual reality. The wooden watchtowers were pulled down, the prisoners were not allowed to leave their barracks and not even the least aspect of prison life was exposed to the American visitor. He was taken to the only farm in the region, 23 kilometers from Magadan, where well dressed and well fed girls, (police women disguised as swineherds), gave a false impression of the agricultural endeavor in that part of the country. He was also flown to the North, to the mine Berelakh, where he found the state mining to be an impressive enterprise."

"The miners, according to him, were healthy and well-clad men, and more productive than their counterparts in Alaska's Fairbanks. Being served with delicious fresh fish from Kolyma River he offered his compliments to the "presiding chef of the mining camp." The deception was total and successful. The outside world got the firsthand knowledge about Kolyma from the man who deserved his trust. Who would disbelieve or dispute information from the Vice-President of the United States of America, a force for truth and justice? "

9 posted on 06/15/2003 9:34:58 PM PDT by struwwelpeter (Ukrainian vodka = gorilka (aka 'little gorilla'))
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To: DPB101
Thanks for the excellent linkage. I'll check this out.


D1
10 posted on 06/15/2003 9:35:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: struwwelpeter
Dang, that's sad.
11 posted on 06/15/2003 9:37:13 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Savage Beast
Agreed!
12 posted on 06/15/2003 9:37:29 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DPB101
Only our Heavenly Father knows the exact number of individuals slaughter to that religion of communism.

The liberal/socialist/communistic party know as the Democrat party never points to the evil of that religion.

Stalin was the face of evil of modern times and he had a couple of students, Hitler and Saddam among others who claim secular government religion in their world wide attempt to wipe out Christianity.

Maybe some will start asking themselves was McCarthy onto something and how sick and twisted yet today so many are who think the worst thing that to call someone is McCarthy or to cry McCarthyism.

Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton have the same mind as Stalin as well as their supporters and the thing that stopped them from destroying conservatives from Stalin like destruction is our constitution that they spend 24/7 trying to destroy.


13 posted on 06/15/2003 9:37:44 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: DPB101
only a month or so ago, the new york times had a full page list of pulitzers that they'd won.

duranty's name was near the top.

14 posted on 06/15/2003 9:50:26 PM PDT by liberalnot (what democrats fear the most is democracy . /s)
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To: struwwelpeter
Vice President Henry Wallace's speechwriter, Charles Kramer, was a Soviet agent. Before working for Wallace, Kramer was on the staff of Democrat Sen. Harley Kilgore. When The American Mercury and others noticed Kilgore's agenda was eerily similar to that of the Soviet Union, they were mocked and called Red Baiters.

Forget who it was--either Harry Dexter White or Lauchlin Currie (both close to FDR and both Soviet agents) went with Wallace on his tour of the Soviet gulag.

15 posted on 06/15/2003 9:55:32 PM PDT by DPB101 ("Smearing good people like Alger Hiss and Lauchlin Currie is . . .unforgivable"---Eleanor Roosevelt)
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To: DPB101
Too bad, Syd. Your Pulitzer is going, going, gone.
16 posted on 06/15/2003 9:56:49 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Just mythoughts
"Maybe some will start asking themselves was McCarthy onto something and how sick and twisted yet today so many are who think the worst thing that to call someone is McCarthy or to cry McCarthyism."

Joe McCarthy was right!!

17 posted on 06/15/2003 10:06:55 PM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: DPB101
"Indochina without Americans: for most, a better life."

"These people don't value human life like we do."

"Kill a gook for God!"

18 posted on 06/15/2003 10:46:39 PM PDT by gcruse (Support home churching.)
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To: gcruse
Democrats in Congress sure got a lot of "gooks", as you call them, killed when they cut off funding. At least two million. Maybe three. We'll never know for sure.
"The growing hysteria of the administration's posture on Cambodia, seems to me to reflect a determined refusal to consider what the fall of the existing government in Phnom Penh would actually mean.... We should be able to see that the kind of government which would succeed Lon Nol's forces would most likely be a government ... run by some of the best-educated, most able intellectuals in Cambodia."---Senator George McGovern

"The greatest gift our country can give to the Cambodian people is peace, not guns. And the best way to accomplish that goal is by ending military aid now."--Chris Dodd (D-CT)

I give Senator McGovern credit however. When he learned of what the Khymer Rouge were doing, he wanted to send American troops back in. That took some guts even to suggest back then.

19 posted on 06/15/2003 11:02:13 PM PDT by DPB101 ("Smearing good people like Alger Hiss and Lauchlin Currie is . . .unforgivable"---Eleanor Roosevelt)
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To: DPB101
The moment the US decided to fight less than an allout war, the South Vietnamese were doomed.
20 posted on 06/15/2003 11:09:38 PM PDT by gcruse (Support home churching.)
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To: DPB101
I must say, it is indeed a humbling read for me. I consider myself a student of history and I had never heard of the particulars of this tragedy. God rest the millions who where sacraficed to the horrors that spawned from Marxism.
22 posted on 06/16/2003 1:21:09 AM PDT by Blue Scourge (You cannot be a victim and a hero simultaneously - Hon. Clarence Thomas)
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To: Blue Scourge
I consider myself a student of history and I had never heard of the particulars of this tragedy.

Me too.Infuriating, isn't it? Had it not been for the internet, I would never have known. My parents should ask for a refund for my college education and a rebate on the property taxes they paid for K-12. I knew something of this , of course, but never heard of Gareth Jones and wasn't aware of the details.

Many of those killed were ethnic Germans who had relatives in the midwest. There were many German language papers in the Dakotas in the 1930s which published letters from the victims. The University of South Dakota translated and compiled a book of them. Article about it is here:

Pilgrims In The Valley Of Tears

NDSU has extensive archives of local German language papers from the 1880s until the 1930s. Probably many books there for someone who knows the language.

23 posted on 06/16/2003 1:36:00 AM PDT by DPB101 ("Smearing good people like Alger Hiss and Lauchlin Currie is . . .unforgivable"---Eleanor Roosevelt)
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To: DPB101
When I was a kid, we had an old "book of the month" book from the 1940', one of famous JOhn Gunther's "INSIDE....
" books.

I don't remember if it was "inside Europe" or "inside Russia. He had a chapter lauding Stalin's steel like will in reforming Russia. There was a sentence (I paraphrase) about the peasents (?kulaks or Ukrainian) opposing his farm reforms, and it said something like: they killed their animals and didn't plant much in protest, but due to his iron will, he won. The implication was that they died, but wasn't it wonderful that he won the argument. I was only a kid and horrified.

I wonder if anyone in the press would find that book and expose it's lies...
24 posted on 06/16/2003 4:34:00 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: DoughtyOne
The definitive history book on this is Harvest of Sorrow, by Robert Conquest. At the time (he wrote while the Evil Empire still was that) his book was dismissed by the NYT among others as an anti-Soviet fabrication.

There is a chapter that deals with Duranty in depth and notes that the Times still stands by his reporting.

After the fall of Communism and the opening of Stalin's archives, Conquest issued an updated version of the book... but his research had been so good, basically he just had more footnotes to support the same facts.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F
25 posted on 06/16/2003 4:38:20 AM PDT by Criminal Number 18F
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To: DPB101; All
Good post; Mona Charen's excellent 'Useful Idiots' details how Duranty was blackmailed using standard NKVD tactics, i.e. getting him in a sexually compromising position, (not sure with a man or a woman, lol!) then holding the resulting pictures over his head.
Also, I think (can't remember the source) that it has been shown that Henry Wallace himself was a Soviet agent...can any freeper help us out here?
The tragedy of the Ukrainian holocaust is indeed a painful reminder of the left's double standard when it comes to pain and suffering. Makes Stalin out to be the most evil man in world history, but I think we all knew that!
26 posted on 06/16/2003 4:47:56 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Shellback, pollywogs! 1980)
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To: kimosabe31
He certainly was, and too many conservatives are scared to say it, they don't want the lying liberals to tag them with McCarthyism.

Should be a banner of courage instead of tip-toeing around the edges of the sickness and evil of what communism has done to the peoples of this earth for the past 100 + years.
27 posted on 06/16/2003 5:13:35 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: DPB101
Thanks for the link, I have a bit of German heritage myself. A true tragedy and it was completely ignored...
28 posted on 06/16/2003 8:20:11 AM PDT by Blue Scourge (You cannot be a victim and a hero simultaneously - Hon. Clarence Thomas)
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To: notdownwidems
Also, I think (can't remember the source) that it has been shown that Henry Wallace himself was a Soviet agent...

Very possible but I don't believe any evidence has surfaced that Wallace was a Soviet agent. But he was the next best thing. Maybe better. His aide and speech writer, Charles Kramer, was a Soviet agent. While Vice-President, Wallace toured a Soviet slave labor camp, Kolyma, praised the sophistication of the commandant and declared the prisoners fit and healthy (he compared the camp to our TVA). Wallace's companion on that trip was Owen Lattimore--FDR confidant and Soviet agent.

When Wallace ran for President, every Soviet front in America supported him.

29 posted on 06/16/2003 8:36:33 AM PDT by DPB101 ("Smearing good people like Alger Hiss and Lauchlin Currie is . . .unforgivable"---Eleanor Roosevelt)
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To: Kuleana
Really? I thought it was the moment the South
Vietnamese decided to fight less than an all out war.


The South Vietnamese didn't have nukes, could not
mine Haiphong harbor, nor could they bomb Hanoi.
We could, but chose not to.  The worst kind of war
is one that is fought half-heartedly.

As Napoleon said,  "If you going to take Vienna,
take Vienna."  In other words, don't screw around,
or you can get your butt kicked.
30 posted on 06/16/2003 9:45:27 AM PDT by gcruse (Support home churching.)
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To: Criminal Number 18F
Thank you for the comments and information. I appreciate it.
31 posted on 06/16/2003 10:51:06 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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