The New York Times gutted its credibility with the advertisement for
Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining, disguised as a news article today, "A
Nevada town escapes the slump, thanks to gold."
This article reads
like a paid commercial for Barrick and Newmont, considering there have
been protests underway by the Western Shoshone since Thanksgiving, who
are now in court to halt the gold mining on their sacred Mount Tenabo.
Times article appears one day after I wrote that Barrick and Newmont
are among the Worst Companies in the World, according to a Censored
News readers' poll of primarily Indigenous readers
The New York
Times article reeks of either a duped reporter or one that has been
paid off by Barrick or Newmont to write a spin article to counter the
ongoing protests and media exposure.
Perhaps the Times reporter
should visit Barrick and Newmont gold mines in Africa, New Guinea or
South America, where Indigenous Peoples are being pushed off their
lands, raped and killed because of these gold mining corporations and
poisoned by cyanide leaching.
Then, the Times can investigate the
role of President Bush Sr. with Barrick's boomtown success in Nevada.
Bush opened the door for Barrrick's gold mining leases in Nevada while
in office, then went to work for Barrick as a senior consultant once he
was out of office. Then, the Times could investigate how Barrick hired
lawyers to silence reporters in England and book publishers in
Canada to prevent the truth from being exposed about miners buried
alive in Tanzania.
Journalism can at times rise to the highest good
of society and other times, like this, it can plunge readers into the
abyss of ignorance, profiteering and sacrilege.
Shame on the New York Times.