Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 9, 2014

Robert Parry, up to his old tricks

Filed under: conspiracism,journalism,Ukraine — louisproyect @ 1:52 pm

Robert Parry

For people who have been following the MH17 shoot-down over Donetsk, you are probably aware that ever since it occurred Russian media and its friends in the West have worked overtime to put the blame on Kyiv.

Some of the reports have bordered on the comical. For example, in one of his first dispatches, Robert Parry told his readers:

According to a source briefed on the tentative findings, the soldiers manning the battery appeared to be wearing Ukrainian uniforms and may have been drinking, since what looked like beer bottles were scattered around the site. But the source added that the information was still incomplete and the analysts did not rule out the possibility of rebel responsibility.

When I read this, my eyes popped out of my head like a Warner Brothers cartoon character and then wrote this:

No, this is Parry and not Onion.com. I love the bit about beer bottles scattered around the site. You’d think that he would have mentioned vodka in order to make it sound more plausible. The last time I read anything this ridiculous was when Mint Press reported on rebels playing around with sarin gas containers causing an accident that cost the lives of hundreds in East Ghouta. Those Ukrainian troops and Syrian rebels, just like Bluto and Otter getting into trouble in “Animal House”.

Parry is still up to his old tricks. This fellow whose career began at Newsweek, where he apparently learned how to con the unsuspecting reader, now tells us that Ukrainian jets that mistook the MH17 for Putin’s returning to Russia brought down the Malaysian jet:

But the U.S. analysts dismissed those original suspicions because they could find no evidence that such a missile battery had been supplied by the Russians or was in the possession of the rebels, prompting a shift in thinking toward a scenario in which Ukrainian hardliners working with elements of the air force may have tried to ambush Putin’s plane but instead hit the Malaysian airliner, said the source speaking on condition of anonymity.

Putin flies in a plane with similar red, white and blue markings as the Malaysian airliner and was known to be on his way home after a six-day visit to South America. But his plane took a different route and landed safely in Moscow.

This is now the new talking point of the pro-Kremlin left apparently. Today the WSWS.org website cites Parry and crows that the new findings about the MH17 jet and Putin’s converging should thwart attempts to “escalate the confrontation with Russia and demonize Putin.”

You would think that these people who have relied so heavily on RT.com for their “investigative reporting” would have bothered to check with the mother ship before writing such a reeking pile of diarrhea. This is what the most ardent defender of Kremlin policies has to say on all this in an article titled “Reports that Putin flew similar route as MH17, presidential airport says ‘hasn’t overflown Ukraine for long time’”:

As a source told Gazeta.ru online news portal, Putin’s plane does take off from Vnukovo-3 [the terminal that accepts business jets], but the president does not fly over the conflict-gripped neighboring country.

“Putin has only one jet – Board One, he does not fly other planes. This plane always takes off from Vnukovo-3, but the presidential plane have not been flying over Ukraine for a while,” the source at Vnukovo-3 terminal said. [emphasis added]

President Putin was on his way from Brazil, where he attended the BRICS summit, to Moscow.

Just to make sure we understand this clearly, Vnukovo is Moscow’s oldest airport serving both military and civilian traffic. It is highly unlikely that a “source” at terminal 3, where Putin’s jet taxis, is likely to stray from Kremlin diktats.

Furthermore, the RT.com article cites a source that puts the point of intersection not over Ukraine, which was never possible to begin with, but over Poland: “I can say that Putin’s plane and the Malaysian Boeing intersected at the same point and the same echelon. That was close to Warsaw on 330-m echelon at the height of 10,100 meters.” [emphasis added]

That’s Russian reporting, not the Kyiv Post or the Unrepentant Marxist. It took me 15 minutes to debunk this bullshit story. You would think that websites like Parry’s Consortiumnews.net or WSWS.org would want to make sure that they would try to maintain their integrity. Alas, a decision to forsake journalistic integrity and pump out dog-eared propaganda was made a long, long time ago for these people.

20 Comments »

  1. Thanks for these thoughts!
    Might it be, that the “bad ukrainians” just did not know that Putin does not fly over Ukraine?

    Comment by andredeutsch — August 9, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

  2. Parry said that Ukrainian jets shot down MH17, not a ground-to-air missile like the BUK. That being the case, what were they doing over Poland? None of this makes any sense.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 9, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

  3. I’ll be honest and say I could care less about this. Whoever shot it down, it was a bourgeois state. That we can be sure of. Socialists have no business trying to ratchet up support for war against Russia or in defense of it.

    My question is why Robert Perry is a ridiculous source but RT in this case apparently isn’t. I think they’ve both very obvious motivations for stretching the truth.

    Comment by Steve D — August 9, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

  4. My question is why Robert Perry is a ridiculous source but RT in this case apparently isn’t. I think they’ve both very obvious motivations for stretching the truth.

    What a stupid question. RT.com can be relied upon to put the blame on Kyiv. When it doesn’t, as is the case here, it makes Parry’s article all the more ludicrous. If he took the trouble to do a little digging, he would not have claimed that a plane shot down over Donetsk could have been mistakenly identified as Putin’s jet since it and MH17 converged over Poland, not Ukraine.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 9, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

  5. Charles Brown over at Pen-l sent this link which gives a different account. It strikes me as equally problematic. I recall seeing parts of the plane that have indications of shrapnel. The evidence could have been tampered with if the panel the article talks about is as described. However, the article does raise some questions:
    https://ca-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=8msaf7t7rua0n#9160782356

    Comment by ken — August 9, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

  6. you wrote: Parry said that Ukrainian jets shot down MH17, not a ground-to-air missile like the BUK. That being the case, what were they doing over Poland? None of this makes any sense.

    My question is: What if the ukr. jets were flying over Ukraine and seeing that airplain, thought: THERE IS PUTIN! SHOT HIM!
    Is not that the version of Parry?

    Comment by andredeutsch — August 9, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

  7. “Putin flies in a plane with similar red, white and blue markings as the Malaysian airliner…”

    One might add that both aircraft also have wings. At 31000 ft altitude this fact should have been pointed out to the reader.

    Comment by Scott Edwards — August 9, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

  8. I recall seeing parts of the plane that have indications of shrapnel.

    That’s because the BUK missile does not work by directly smacking into a plane. It explodes just before contact with the intention of bringing down its target exactly through shrapnel. It has a fragmentation warhead that sprays in all directions and that detonates within 65 feet of a target. Read this:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2697669/Almost-board-known-happening-Expert-describes-effect-missile-hit-MH17.html

    Comment by louisproyect — August 9, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

  9. What has always struck me about the situation is that Ukrainian authorities admit that they knew the rebels had missiles that could reach up to 70,000 feet and yet they let commercial flights fly in the area as long as they were over 32,000. As I recall the MH17 was at 33,000 when shot down. Knowing the capacities of the rebels why would the Ukrainian authorities still allow commercial airliner traverse the area. Ukrainian military planes had already been shot down. Talk about an accident waiting to happen.

    Comment by ken — August 9, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

  10. There was no indication that Kyiv “set up” the Malaysian MH17 as a “false flag” bait.

    http://www.stopfake.org/en/malaysian-boeing-mh17-tragedy-questions-and-answers/

    Comment by louisproyect — August 9, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

  11. Re reply 8. Of course that was my point. It is part of what makes the account problematic. The rebels could have prepared the one panel to appear that it was shot out by bullets.

    Comment by ken — August 9, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

  12. That story you cite has another anonymous source saying the exact opposite.

    A+ work Louie.

    Comment by Clever Handle — August 9, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

  13. Would you mind citing the exact words, “Clever Handle”?

    Comment by louisproyect — August 9, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

  14. You quote it in the article, Louie.

    Comment by Clever Handle — August 9, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

  15. The first quote says that the planes would have converged near Warsaw. The last time I checked Warsaw was not in the Donbass region. The other quote states that Putin’s jet had not flown over Ukraine since the civil war began. If you think that any of this supports your Putinite crapola, you are a bigger asshole than most trolls who hang out here–those that I haven’t booted already.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 9, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

  16. If they passed each other in Warsaw, then it’s reasonable that a section of the Ukranian army might think that Putin’s jet would pass through Ukranian airspace. And if they aren’t expecting MH 17 in the area because it’s been diverted north because of storms, it’s not impossible to get confused about which plane it is.

    And you’re ignoring that Parry is not the on erasing this theory: he’s reporting on CIA briefings. Parry has a history of accurate leaks. He leaked the CIA’s torture manual in Nicaragua during Iran Contra.

    “Putinite.” Go fuck yourself, asshole.

    Any word on your secret least of pro-Kremlin journalists, Louie.

    Comment by Clever Handle — August 9, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

  17. If they passed each other in Warsaw, then it’s reasonable that a section of the Ukranian army might think that Putin’s jet would pass through Ukranian airspace. And if they aren’t expecting MH 17 in the area because it’s been diverted north because of storms, it’s not impossible to get confused about which plane it is.

    Keep it up. Robert Parry might pass his writing duties on to you after he croaks. If that doesn’t happen, you might consider becoming the next Robert Ludlum.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 9, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

  18. Plus, there’s the simple fact that only the Ukranian army had Buk launchers in range of MH 17.

    http://www.mediafire.com/view/61qa99yt6v3dq64/MH17Analysis_Parts_1_and_2.pdf

    Comment by Clever Handle — August 9, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

  19. “Keep it up. Robert Parry might pass his writing duties on to you after he croaks. If that doesn’t happen, you might consider becoming the next Robert Ludlum.”

    Maybe if you keep shilling for Western intervention, you can turn into the next Hitchens.

    Comment by Clever Handle — August 9, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

  20. Bye-bye, asshole.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 9, 2014 @ 7:07 pm


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