US Correspondent

I thought that readers might be interested in the latest job opening at Pravda:

Donald Trump’s America remains one of the biggest stories in the world.

It sends out its armies, its drones, and its agents around the world to kill its enemies. It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony, undermining and overthrowing regimes, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out on the golf course.

If that sounds like a place you want to cover, then we have good news. We will have an opening for a new correspondent. We are eager to hear from those interested in taking on one of the most legendary postings at Pravda. We are looking for someone who will embrace the prospect of traversing 9 time zones to track a populace that is growing increasingly frustrated with an economy dragged down by corruption, cronyism and excessive reliance on the military industrial complex.

And of course, we are on the cusp of a new, less Putin-friendly president in the US, which should only raise the temperature between Washington and Moscow.

The successful candidate should have a knack for different types of storytelling. Those interested should apply via Workday.

Good to see that the Russian press is looking for a correspondent with a balanced view of things!

Sorry! I got that wrong. This isn’t the advert for a US correspondent at Pravda. It’s the ad for a Russian correspondent at the New York Times. Well, you know how they used to say that ‘There’s no truth in Pravda, and no news in Izvestiya‘? My mistake – but an easy one to make.

(See the original here)

45 thoughts on “US Correspondent”

  1. “It sends out hit squads armed with nerve agents against its enemies, most recently the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony in the West to tarnish its democratic systems, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out in his villa.”

    And this from the empire of chaos? Amazing. Is there a hole anywhere deeper into which a once serious publication can fall? or is this the bottom?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. “Is there a hole anywhere deeper into which a once serious publication can fall? or is this the bottom?”

      Never ever assume that someone/something finally hit the moral bottom. Remember Stanisław Jerzy Lec’s famous witticism: “Kiedy znalazłem się na dnie, usłyszałem pukanie od spodu. .” (When I thought that I hit the very bottom – somone knocked from below)

      Likewise, the more I start to think that the Washingtom Post (btw – do they still die in darkness?) is the most consitently Russophobic “paper of record”, the NYT comes forward and shows “Yes, We Can [be even more douchie]!”

      Like

      1. “Likewise, the more I start to think that the Washingtom Post is the most consitently Russophobic paper of record” Have you read The Economist recently?

        Like

      2. “Have you read The Economist recently?”

        Clarification – “Murikin’ paper of record” 😉

        The Economist is a god-king of the British “consistent” journo-sphere’s reporting on Russia. How one can’t *love* it? 🙂

        Like

    2. Never ever assume that someone/something finally hit the moral bottom. Remember Stanisław Jerzy Lec’s famous witticism: “Kiedy znalazłem się na dnie, usłyszałem pukanie od spodu. .” (When I thought that I hit the very bottom – somone knocked from below)

      Bubbles? Encountering not so transparent bubbles on first sight. Wondering, observing, leaving time and again, to return time and again returning? Why? Wanting to understand? Grasp the heights beyond the bubbles, the pits below. Maybe?

      <i<Noli turbare circulos meos????

      Here is a link to one of the closest artist friends of my best friend. They inspired each other:

      https://juergendehniger.de/galerien-malerei/grosse-arbeiten/

      Like

  2. I know one calls this “projection”. But there must be a more profound psychological pathology behind such BS – blatant lies, statements without evidence, from an empire that is more or less responsible for of least 30 million refugees and about 20 million dead since WW2?

    Liked by 3 people

      1. America: “You hate us for our freedom.”
        Rest of the world: “Er, no… We hate you for other reasons…”
        America: “Please don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”
        Rest of the world: “If you were beautiful, we wouldn’t hate you!”

        Liked by 1 person

  3. I don’t have it at hand but I think the Washington Post had a similar ad for a Moscow correspondent. You get what you want. Both newspapers have pretty well integrated news coverage of Russia with editorial policy. Oddly, I think the Wall Street Journal does a better job.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Like you’re so much better with top of the homepage propping of Paul Goble propaganda. Seems like you’ve cooled a bit on such for McFaul, who is in line with The NYT and WaPo.

      Like

  4. “one of the most legendary postings at The Times, a seat occupied by the likes of Bill Keller, Serge Schmemann, Hedrick Smith, Clifford Levy and Ellen Barry.”

    Not sure why they left out Walter Duranty.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Didn’t quite understand, before I read PaulR’s related article.

      Once upon a time, I was very, very envious of a journalist’s access to the papers (media generally) archives. ,,,,

      But then there was this one NYT article where I wondered if I really should be. Not sure, but it feels they may have linked to their archival database ….

      Like

  5. From the twitter-thread that kickstarted this blogpost of our esteemed Host:

    ^This.

    P.S. Also, judging by the original NYT ad – looks like speaking and reading Russian (for the journo) is optional. Well, d’uh!

    Like

    1. From the twitter-thread that kickstarted this blogpost of our esteemed Host:

      Maybe? The world is far and wide. Personally I picked it up via Moon of
      Alabama or Bernard, who didn’t use Pravda though?

      Two things come to mind:
      a short review of reminiscences of a German journalist who for quite some time reported from Moscow and after from the US of A. Must have been around Jan. to March 2001, it feels, I read the review. Unfortunately I took no note.

      Beyond that more in the present post 9/11 universe I stumbled across an article by Ron Unz: Our American Pravda, who for me seemed to pick up on the theme of the above mentioned review.

      The archive of “Die Zeit” is a catastrophe …

      Like

    1. Below her pay scale at this juncture? Also, reporters unlike journos have to be more disciplined in suddenly covering/writing about any number of topics they might not be so into.

      The NYT apparently still has this person:

      Here’s another:

      Both of them had fathers who were prominent Orthodox Christian clerics in the Orthodox Church of America – not the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, which has become loosely affiliated with the Moscow Patriarchate.

      In any event, a good number of White (as in anti-Communist and pro-Russian) Russians aren’t happy with what the above linked two have been writing. Multiple credible sources tell me their views have long drifted to a more US mass media establishment perspective from what they previously were.

      Like

  6. Sounds perfect for Luke Harding, if his MI6, integrity initiative cash ever runs low. He’d be a shoe in, no objectivity required, brains optional … or Ben Judah even. They could have saved on the word count though, ‘Russophobe Required’ would have been enough. It’s all steeped in racism and paranoia, lets be honest, Slavs rank just above blacks in the US.

    Like

  7. I saw this related story in the Russian press.
    Maria Zakharova mocking the NYT ad. She says this on her Facebook page:
    “Don’t even get me started on the bias and Russophobia. We get it, what they are offering to pay for. It’s also fairly clear how the [so-called] independent American press relates to their own auditorium.”

    And continues even funnier:
    “One thing worries me: Is this newspaper within its rights to risk the life of its correspondent by sending him to work under such inhuman conditions? […] No, just remain in the States and work peacefully. Don’t subject your journalist to such a risk, just for the sake of penning a few fictions. Lying from a distance is just as easy.”

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Yikes sorry! My German really is rusty, I should have known better, especially being a Brecht/Weill fan:

        Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne
        und die trägt er im Gesicht
        und Macheath, der hat ein Messer,
        doch das Messer sieht man nicht.

        Like

    1. Maria Zakharova is correct
      They can work from home in the USA !

      The agenda has been set no need to leave your home – the agenda has nee set.

      Like

      1. Leave her where she is, she is doing a good job. You would like to see a Russia, Samantha Power? Not me, thank you very much, that experience was bad enough.

        Like

  8. That’s not like the trusted [sic] New York Times.

    I recall hearing Chalmers Johnson: “I no longer read the New York Times for the news – I read it for the lies”.

    But when did this all go wrong …?

    Wound #1: 1896 – Adolph Ochs buys the New York Times

    Source: “Killing America: A 100 Year Murder” by M. S. (Mike) King in which he describes 40 “Wounds” that constitute the title of his booklet.

    Some more:

    • Wound #4: 1913 – The 17th Amendment (Direct Election of US Senators)
    • Wound #6: 1913 – The Federal Reserve Act
    • Wound #9: 1926 – David Sarnoff Establishes NBC
    • Wound #10: 1928 – William Paley (Paloff) Buys CBS
    • Wound #11: 1933 – Eugene Meyer Buys The Washington Post
    • Wound #16: 1940-1960 – Marxists Consolidate Control Over Hollywood
    • Wound #18: 1947 – The CIA is Established
    • Wound #20: 1953 – Leonard Goldenson Takes Over ABC
    • Wound #32: 1979 – The Department of Education is Established
    • Wound #34: 1985 – Sumner Redstone (Murray Rothstein) Buys MTV

    Anyone else see a common thread here?

    Like

  9. For the record, the authenticity of this advertisement was confirmed via email correspondence with the “NYT Employment Verification Team” on 1 December 2020.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s