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Feature Story September 11, 2007
The Economist: The World’s Sleaziest Magazine
By Mark Ames Browse author Email
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The Economist even played their Fascism card back in the Yeltsin years...although to entirely different purposes, as this 1998 email from scholar Anatol Lieven to David Johnson shows:

"Dear David, attached is part of my book on Chechnya...The relevance of the argument is demonstrated by the latest article in The Economist: "Could Russia Go Fascist?" - which translates as - "Shoudn't we give billions of dollars to support Yeltsin and our darling Young Reformer Chubais because Russians are intrinsically given to imperialism and aggression and Chubais assures us that he and Yeltsin are all that is standing between Russia and Fascism." Some of the people you can indeed fool all the time. Yours, Anatol Lieven"

In 1998, The Economist lied about a Russian Fascist threat in order to prop up a wildly unpopular, corrupt regime, which had overseen the total collapse of its economy, devastated the health of its citizens, and forever ruined the concepts of "liberalism," "free markets" and "free speech" in the minds of those who survived it...all because it seemed to benefit us. Today, they're lying again about the Fascist threat, only this time in order to bring down a highly popular (albeit corrupt) regime that has overseen the unexpected revival of its economy and power. All because Putin isn't our bitch.

How did The Economist get to such a vile state?

The horrible answer is, it's always been this vile. If you go back to The Economist's beginnings in Victorian England, you'll find, for example, the magazine's brave stand on the Great Irish Famine, the English-led genocide that left up to two million Irish dead. When a cry went up to stop the famine, The Economist countered, "It is no man's business to provide for another. If left to the natural law of distribution, those who deserve more would obtain it."

And speaking of Hitlers, in the mid-1930s, The Economist even found time to praise you-know-who: "Herr Hitler is showing encouraging signs of statesmanship." Yes, they really did write that.

The first and last example of genuine wit that The Economist ever produced.

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