…by Jonas E. Alexis
The New York Times has finally admitted that they misled (deliberately, I dare say) their readers about Russian cyberattacks against the United States.
“On Thursday, the New York Times issued a correction of a June 25 White House Memo report by correspondent Maggie Haberman: ‘The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.’”
Sputnik News reported that “The Times’ retraction fails to reflect the fact that even those four agencies weren’t in full agreement.” CIA analyst Ray McGovern simply hooded at the claim that Russia hacked the United States. He said:
“If this was a hack, NSA would know about it. NSA does not know about it. Matter of fact, when the CIA and FBI said, ‘we have high confidence’ … NSA, which is the only real agency that has the capability to trace these things, said ‘well, we only have moderate confidence.”
But is it really a surprise that the New York Times has been involved in perpetuating deceptions and hoaxes? Not really. They have been saying crazy things about Russia since the beginning of the Syrian war, when Putin began to challenge the war machine in the region.
More recently, Jewish writer Masha Gessen has written a promiscuous article in the New York Times arguing that Vladimir Putin—get this—“seduced Oliver Stone—and Trump.”
For Gessen, Stone never asked Putin deep questions; he was there for the show. In Gessen’s own words, Stone “is an inept interviewer, and he does not get Mr. Putin to say anything the world hasn’t heard from him before.” Putin, according to Gessen, is a “tyrannical, corrupt leader of a hostile power.”
The fact that Gessen uses words such as “corrupt” entails a moral dimension. She is implicitly appealing to moral standard which basically says that corruption is bad. But Gessen is bisexual and does not really believe in objective morality at all, particularly when it comes to marriage! She said explicitly that “the institution of marriage shouldn’t even exist.”
Well, obviously we can see why Gessen hates Putin. Both individuals are working with different premises. Gessen does not want the institution of marriage to exist, and Putin says that civilization cannot exist without that institution. Putin says:
“As head of state today, I believe it’s my duty to uphold traditional values and family values. But why? Because same-sex marriages will not produce any children. God has decided, and we have to care about birth rates in our country. We have to reinforce families. That doesn’t mean that there should be any persecutions against anyone.”
Putin was just warming up. At another occasion, he said: “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”
According to this principle, people like Gessen are secret Satanists largely because they do not want to submit their will to the moral and political order.
It’s not like Putin is ready to beat a gay man in a shower, as Gessen seems to believe, but that sex is a sacred thing. Why would a gay man want to humiliate himself in a public shower? As Putin made clear, Russia isn’t prosecuting homosexuals, but homosexuals shouldn’t impose their essentially deleterious worldview upon the majority of the country.
You see, Gessen cannot understand that because her worldview clouds her moral sense and intellectual judgment. She incoherently writes that “Throughout the interviews, Mr. Stone appears to ask Mr. Putin prearranged questions, probably written by the Russian president’s staff. Such scripted questions are standard fare for Mr. Putin’s annual news conference with Russian journalists.”
This is a really stupid move, and a person like Gessen ought to know better. Is she going to tell us that the Russian president’s staff wrote the questions for the Megyn Kelly interview as well? Has she been paying to the wide-range of interviews and question-and-answer sessions Putin has been through over the years?
It is really intellectual and journalistic dishonesty for Gessen to say these crazy things. She is morally naked, and this was obviously one reason why she supported the Pussy Riot.
 “New York Times Retracts Rumor on Russia-Gate Following Ridicule,” Sputnik News, June 29, 2017.
 Masha Gessen, “How Putin Seduced Oliver Stone — and Trump,” NY Times, June 25, 2017.
 Quoted in Marc Bennetts, “Who’s ‘godless’ now? Russia says it’s U.S.,” Washington Times, January 28, 2014.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.