Walter Duranty — Holodomor denier and lier

8 Nov, 2019 at 13:27 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Walter Duranty — Holodomor denier and lier

One of the first Western Holodomor deniers was Walter Duranty, the winner of the 1932 Pulitzer prize in journalism … While the famine was raging, he wrote in the pages of The New York Times that “any report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda”, and that “there is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation, but there is widespread mortality from diseases due to malnutrition.”

durantyBDuranty was well aware of the famine. He said in private to Eugene Lyons and reported to the British Embassy that the population of Ukraine and Lower Volga had “decreased” by six to seven million. However, in his reports, Duranty downplayed the impact of food shortages in Ukraine …

British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge … said of Duranty that “there was something vigorous, vivacious, preposterous, about his unscrupulousness which made his persistent lying somehow absorbing.” Muggeridge characterised Duranty as “the greatest liar of any journalist I have met in 50 years of journalism.”

Campaigns were launched in 1986 for the retraction of the Pulitzer Prize given to The New York Times. The newspaper, however, declined to relinquish it … In 1990, the Times admitted that his was “some of the worst reporting to appear in this newspaper.”


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