[Marxism] Mint Press exposed as Assad apologist, AntiWar.com apologizes
clayclai at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 16:05:08 MDT 2013
I could say this is "hot off the press" but perhaps it's more
appropriate to say "freshly minted."
If you are going to the EcoSocialist Conference
<http://escla2013.wordpress.com/> in Los Angeles tomorrow, I hope I see
you there. In any case, have a nice weekend. Fall begins Sunday morning.
Mint Press exposed as Assad apologist, AntiWar.com apologizes
> For three days after the sarin gas attack that murdered over a
> thousand Syrians, a third of them children, in suburban Damascus on 21
> August 2013, the Assad Regime denied that any such attack had even
> happened. As the videos and eyewitness reports began to come out, that
> position became untenable, so the Assad Regime started saying /"Well
> then, the rebels must have done it."/
> The Left and the Peace and Just Us*
> movement in the United States is so thoroughly infiltrated with Assad
> apologists, and other opportunists more comfortable in blindfolds,
> that many readily jumped on this /"blame the victims, let Assad off
> the hook"/ bandwagon.
> I find what these people have been doing, marching under the flag of
> the fascist dictator and embellishing his trash, despicable.
> One of the more popular theories of how the opposition gassed its own
> people was a story
> published by Mint Press. This story, in addition to absolving Assad of
> any responsibility for the attack and putting the blame squarely with
> the rebels, had many elements in common with the sort of racist saga
> were the bungling, stupid [sand] niggers, acting at the behest of some
> rich white Jew, in this case played by the Saudi Prince Bandar, ends
> up doing themselves in by a stupid accident.
> The truth about the opposition in Ghouta is quite different. Far from
> bungling, their defence of the community has been so through and
> effective that months of bombardment with convention bombs has failed
> to dislodge them, and even with the sarin gas attack, followed by
> weeks more of Assad Regime bombardment, it still has not fallen to the
> regime! */This is the Revolution Undefeated! /*
> The Mint Press saga is that Prince Bandar gave opposition fighters a
> /"huge gas bottle"/ and they mishandled it in a tunnel.
> /"We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some
> of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the
> explosions,"/ 'J' said
> Idiots! Buffoons! At least that's what I would think if I believed it
> and as improbable as the idea that a gas spill in one location could
> kill people in seven locations is, there were many on the Left who did.
> I critique the Mint Press story in detail and also listed the many
> reasons to believe the Assad regime was behind this CW attack in Who
> Used Sarin in Syria?
> 3 Sept 2013, and in that piece I also listed some of the sites that
> were republishing or promoting the Mint Press story:
> | OpEdNews
> | FAIR
> | Democratic Underground
> <http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014581935> | Godlike
> <http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2337651/pg1> | Global
> | News Ninja
> Daily Kos
> | Before it's News
> | Tea Party Command Center
> | Counterpunch
> | Friends of Syria
> | Occupy.com
> <http://www.occupy.com/author/dale-gavlak-and-yahya-ababneh> |
> Religious Liberty Monitoring
> | Watchmen News
> | World Socialist Web Site
> <http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/02/syr2-s02.html> | Democracy
> and Class Struggle
> <http://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-dale-gavlak-report-now-appears-on.html> /[Those
> that have since published retractions are in *bold.*]/
> The entire /"proof"/ offered by the Mint Press story was the testimony
> of certain unnamed people in Ghouta as reported by the two journalists
> credited with the story, Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh. They offered
> no physical or recorded evidence. The main offer of credibility for
> these otherwise unknown reporters was that one, Dale Gavlak has been
> associated with AP.
> Now we have this statement
> from Dale Gavlak saying that she had nothing to do with this article:
> Mint Press News incorrectly used my byline for an article it
> published on August 29, 2013 alleging chemical weapons usage by
> Syrian rebels. Despite my repeated requests, made directly and
> through legal counsel, they have not been willing to issue a
> retraction stating that I was not the author. Yahya Ababneh is the
> sole reporter and author of the Mint Press News piece. To date,
> Mint Press News has refused to act professionally or honestly in
> regards to disclosing the actual authorship and sources for this
> I did not travel to Syria, have any discussions with Syrian
> rebels, or do any other reporting on which the article is based.
> The article is not based on my personal observations and should
> not be given credence based on my journalistic reputation. Also,
> it is false and misleading to attribute comments made in the story
> as if they were my own statements.
> Antiwar.com to its great credit, has issued a retraction and apology,
> The staff of Antiwar.com sincerely and deeply apologizes for being
> a part of spreading this article. We also apologize to Dale Gavlak.
> I will be looking for the retractions and apologies from the other
> publications on the list above and as they come in, I will also
> highlight their names in bold. If these publications have half the
> integrity of antiwar.com, they should all be bold soon.
> And I am patiently waiting for the Left to find its true self and
> expel these apologists and opportunists from its ranks.
> Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria
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