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THE NEW YORK TIMES IGNORED CENTRAL AMERICAN ATROCITIES

U.S.-Supported Atrocities in Central America: The New York Times Is Two Decades Late With Its Editorializing

August 28, 2001

During the 1980's, human rights groups reported again and again that Guatemalan and Salvadoran soldiers who were U.S. trained, equipped and financed were committing horrible atrocities.  The mainstream press, among them The New York Times, mostly ignored these reports.

Indeed, when a rare story in that newspaper by Raymond Bonner about a massacre in El Mozote, El Salvador drew angry denials from the White House and other criticism, The New York Times recalled Bonner from the field.  Bonner shortly thereafter left the paper.

During the latter part of the 1990's, forensic evidence proved that there was, indeed, a terrible massacre at El Mozote.  The existence of widespread human rights abuses as reported by the human rights groups is now generally accepted, and Bonner is back reporting for The New York Times.

A recent editorial in The New York Times, discussing the nomination of John Negroponte to be the U.S. representative at the United Nations, states that

The Senate must also establish whether Mr. Negroponte was aware of and made any effort to prevent the death squad activities of a Honduran Army battalion trained and financed by the United States.

I'm glad The New York Times is editorializing this way now.  It just galls me that the newspaper is not required to add a phrase along the following italicized lines:

The Senate must also establish whether Mr. Negroponte was aware of and made any effort to prevent the death squad activities of a Honduran Army battalion trained and financed by the United States, which death squad activities, this newspaper must admit, were made possible by our continuing refusal to report these atrocities at the time they were happening.

I can dream, can't I?

This was a selection from The Daily Diatribe

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