On January 12, the New York Times ran a story entitled, “Turkish Official Says a Russian Ship, Perhaps With Munitions, Has Reached Syria“. A Turkish official “thought” the ship might have arms aboard, the Times reported, but the Turkish Foreign Ministry said it “cannot confirm” whether it carried arms, and officials in Cyprus, where the ship had stopped to refuel, “seemed unable to say for certain what was in the ship’s hold.”
On January 19, the Times ran an editorial entitled “Syria’s Rising Toll”, the second paragraph of which reads:
For months, Russia has been blocking the United Nations Security Council from imposing any serious punishments. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is far more interested in selling arms to Syria and thwarting democratic forces and their Western backers.
Emphasis added. Notice the assertion that Russia is “selling arms to Syria”, stated here as an established fact, is linked to the January 12 article. But that the original story was based on unproven speculation may now be forgotten, because the Times has now in an editorial stated as fact that Russia is “selling arms to Syria”.
Was the ship carrying arms? It’s certainly possible. But that hasn’t been established as a matter of fact. This propagandistic method of dropping any and all caveats from this or that claim is precisely how the New York Times led the media pack in deceiving the American people into the war in Iraq, a war based on lies and deceptions perpetrated on the American people precisely by this kind of reporting from the Times and other mainstream corporate media outlets.