Russia nears readiness to invade Ukraine?

Advice to news consumers: If a feast of fakery is your cup of tea…

If you crave fake news over the real thing…

If you can’t get enough of it…

If you love being deceived over informed…

If you yearn to be brainwashed over all the news that’s fit to print—for real…

Look no further.

Daily NYT editions will satisfy your cravings.

On virtually all domestic and geopolitical issues mattering most, mind-manipulation based on fabricated official narrative talking points is featured daily.

While I’ve criticized RT for its disturbing shortcomings, I also believe in giving credit where it’s due.

Cheers to RT for slamming the NYT’s fake news on Russia.

It repeats with disturbing regularity.

For weeks, it’s been featured daily.

On February 4, it defied reality by falsely claiming that “Russian troops [are] in final stages of readiness [for] mounting a total invasion of Ukraine [sic].”

Knowing that nothing of the sort is planned, invasion not forthcoming, the Times claimed it anyway “should the Kremlin order it.”

No “additional 10,000 troops [were] deployed” close to Ukraine’s border.

No added “infantry and airborne forces.”

No Russian “commands [are] on the highest level of readiness” to invade Ukraine or any other country.

No “prepar[ations] to begin military actions along [hundreds of miles] of Ukraine’s eastern and southern borders.”

No “assessment” suggesting it.

No evidence from “newly released satellite images.”

No “near textbook example of a modern military making final preparations for war.”

No “arrival of logistical infrastructure like hospital and communications units, electronic equipment meant for disrupting enemy communications, air power and additional troops.”

No “130,000 [Russian] troops along Ukraine’s border.”

No “Russian combat readiness in Crimea” in preparation for aggression.

No “forces in Belarus” with a likeminded intention.

No additional troops on the way for greater strength.

No forces on the “highest state of military readiness” in preparation to invade.

No high stakes “game of poker.”

No Russian mobilization that’s “augmented by naval” power.

No satellite images of “row upon row of tanks” for invasion.

No planned Russian drills “to test the preparedness of its forces” for aggression.

Quelle surprise!

The Times made the whole thing up.

Its editors OK’d the publication of fakery—knowing no Russian invasion is planned against any country.

RT rightfully slammed what it called a “new fear-mongering report [about] a looming Russian ‘invasion’ of Ukraine by the” Times.

It cited no credible evidence to support its allegations—because there’s none to cite.

Just phony “claims by anonymous sources”—that may or may not exist—and nonthreatening movements of Russian forces in their own territory.

A final comment

In 2005, Chicago’s famed City News Bureau closed.

Established in 1890 as the City Press Association of Chicago, it was renamed the City News Bureau in 1910.

In February 1929, it was first to report on the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on Chicago’s north side.

The film Call Northside 777—starring Jimmy Stewart as a reporter—is based on a Bureau report.

Around midday in Chicago on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a bureau reporter heard an amateur radio operator say that “bombs [were] falling all over Honolulu”—at around 8 AM local time.

Explosions were heard in Chicago via radio waves.

The bureau reporter phoned in what he learned to an editor.

The news was sent straightaway to major newspapers and the AP.

Around 4,000 miles away, the bureau was the first fourth estate member to break news of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

From inception to when closed, it was a no-nonsense incubator boot camp for numerous journalists of note.

They included Seymour Hersh, Kurt Vonnegut, Melvyn Douglas-turned award-winning actor, Mike Royko, and hundreds of others.

Young reporters were sent back for more information on stories they reported.

It was training to get it all, and above all, get it right.

According to a legendary bureau principle:

“It your mother tells you she loves you, check it out with two independent sources,” it said.

Get it right before publishing.

Journalism requires truth-telling.

Nothing less is acceptable.

The self-styled newspaper of record NYT and other MSM operate by polar opposite standards.

They’re based on the fabricated official narrative of state-approved bald-faced Big Lies on important domestic and geopolitical issues.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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