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Grand-Daddy of Fake News: Walter Duranty, The New York Times, and Stalin

In the 1930’s Walter Duranty of The New York Times wrote glowingly about Russia and Stalin, completely coving up the starvation and mass murder. Duranty, the New York Times correspondent to the Soviet Union in the 1930s, was actually awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his series of reports that essentially covered up Stalin’s artificial, genocidal famine visited upon the people of the Ukraine. Some of what was published:

“There is no famine or actual starvation nor is there likely to be.”
–New York Times, Nov. 15, 1931, page 1

“Any report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda.”
–New York Times, August 23, 1933

Decades later, The Times finally owned up to their writer’s falsehoods.

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