NY Times “Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia” Debunked

25.Apr.2014 | SCGSCG

These days the New York Times has all the journalistic integrity of a supermarket tabloid.

I remember back in the good old days when the corporate media relied primarily on the careful omission of key information and a generous dose of spin to twist the facts beyond recognition. Apparently those days are over. The American propaganda machine seems to have interpreted the Ukraine crisis as an opportunity to throw off the shackles of reality and journalistic integrity once and for all. Anything goes now (facts are optional).

On April 20th, 2014 the New York Times put out an article entitled “Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia” which showed a handful of grainy jpegs that had been submitted by the provisional government in Ukraine and endorsed by the Obama administration as proof that Russia did indeed have special forces in Eastern Ukraine.

NY Times "Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia" Debunked

Only one problem: there are some not-so-grainy versions of the same photos still floating around on the web, and these higher quality images make it very clear that the now famous bearded special forces soldier shown in the picture taken in Georgia in 2008, is not at all the same person that was photographed in Eastern Ukraine. Oops.

NY Times "Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia" Debunked

NY Times "Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia" Debunked

The beard of the soldier from Georgia was red at the roots, the beard of the man in the picture from Eastern Ukraine is black at the roots. Furthermore at the higher resolution we can see that their faces aren’t even all that similar. But according to the Obama administration and the New York times they both have beards, so that’s proof.

The Times is aware of this issue, but instead of issuing a full retraction or editing the original they put out a carefully worded piece entitled “Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine” which makes blurry references to the fact that some are questioning the authenticity of the photos, but refrained from showing the actual photos that debunk the claims definitively, and ended the article with an assertion by a State Department spokeswoman defending the essentials of the story. They also make no mention of the fact that the man in the images above is obviously not the same person.

Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, acknowledged that the assertion that the photograph in the American briefing materials had been taken in Russia was incorrect. But she said that the photograph was included in a “draft version” of a briefing packet and that the information has since been corrected. This photograph, she said, was not among those presented by Mr. Kerry in Geneva. Still, Ms. Psaki asserted that there was considerable classified and unclassified information that had led the United States and its Western allies to “make a connection between the Russians and the armed militants” in eastern Ukraine. “We don’t have a shadow of a doubt about the connection,” she said.

Right, because we all know that if the U.S. State Department says something, then it must be true (cough, cough, weapons of mass destruction). That certainly makes up for the fact that the men in the photos aren’t the same person.

Remember this comes just a week after they ran with the bogus story about how Jews were being required to register in Eastern Ukraine (they still haven’t corrected themselves on that one either).

It seems that the New York Times has been studying at the beforeitsnews.com school of journalism. No, I take that back. I shouldn’t insult the integrity of random people posting unverified nonsense in a forum.






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Kosmas Loumakis - Sociological consultant, analyst, field operative and tactical field coordinator of national and regional social projects in Sweden. Was contracted for almost two decades by governmental bodies and NGO's, in governmental gang crime and extremism preventive efforts. Have produced a number of socio pedagogic action plans and developed methods, field tactics and strategies for gang crime and extremism preventive projects.

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