The New York Times not worthy to be a member of the Trust Project

The New York Times not worthy to be a member of the Trust Project

Between 1942 and 1945, the New York Times (NYT) did not care about the industrial extermination of European Jews by Nazi Germany. The US daily was, however, not an exception. Many of the US corporations like IBM, Associated Press (AP) or Ford closely co-operated with Nazi Germany and contributed to the suffering of Polish Jews and Polish Christians. The American leaders and media ignored the warnings coming from the representatives of the Polish government in exile like Edward Raczyński and Szmul Zygielbojm, and from Polish Resistance fighters like Witold Pilecki or Jan Karski. The NYT reported on December 11, 1942: “POLES ASK ALLIES TO HALT SLAUGHTER; Report Germans Have Slain One-Third of 3,130,000 Jewish Population END OF NATION IS FEARED Note Charges Extermination of Entire Polish People Is Nazis’ Objective.” The appeal of Poles was not worthy to be published on the front page … it appeared on page 8 of the NYT.

On December 10, 1942, the Polish government-in-exile appealed to signatory states of the United Nations Declaration with a request to prevent crimes being committed against the Jewish population in German-occupied Poland.

The US government did nothing to diminish the suffering of Jews. The USHMM reports: “In the summer and fall of 1944, the World Jewish Congress and the War Refugee Board (WRB) forwarded requests to bomb Auschwitz to the US War Department. These requests were denied. On August 14, John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, advised that “such an operation could be executed only by the diversion of considerable air support…now engaged in decisive operations elsewhere and would in any case be of such doubtful efficacy that it would not warrant the use of our resources.” Yet within a week, the US Army Air Force carried out a heavy bombing of the I.G. Farben synthetic oil and rubber (Buna) works near Auschwitz III—less than five miles from the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center.”

75 years later the US media companies like the NYT forget how desperately Poles tried to convince the USA to stop the slaughter of Jews. They falsely accuse Poland of complicity in the Holocaust. The NYT whitewashes its own indifference during the WWII and has the gall to repeat the historical falsehoods published by Yad Vashem on July 5, 2018: Some remembered the help extended by individual Poles, but many more were outraged at what they saw as a Polish government effort to whitewash the crimes of Poles who collaborated with the Nazis.

Today, this one of the most influential newspapers in the world participates in the Trust Project, an international consortium of news organizations collaborating to use transparency to build a more trustworthy and trusted press. Led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman, it is hosted by the US Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied EthicsThe Trust Project aims to help readers identify reliable news. But can a newspaper be trusted which whitewashes its own indifference towards the European Jews exterminated in German gas chambers in Treblinka, Sobibor, and Auschwitz? A newspaper which ignores its own archives, which jumps on the hate bandwagon of Yad Vashem, and falsely accuses Poland of helping Nazi Germans in the extermination of Jews? We don’t think so.

The Trust Project aims to help readers identify reliable news.

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