Tag Archive for Russian Revolution

Centennial of A Test of the News – NYT Russia Coverage ‘Nothing Short of A Disaster’

It was a century ago that the New York Times first developed its dismal reputation for getting so much about Russia completely wrong.  Interestingly, this occurred within the timeframe that it became widely accepted as the ‘newspaper man’s newspaper’, George Seldes noted in his 1935 classic, Freedom of the Press.  For the August 4, 1920…

Autumn 1917: John Reed and Albert Rhys Williams Report on The October Revolution in Russia

Russia, Autumn 1917. Excerpted from The Dilemmas of Lenin, by Tariq Ali, Verso 2017. Two American journalists, John Reed and Albert Rhys Williams, were observing the events in Russia close-up and summarising the day to each other before sending their reports back to the United States. Reed had arrived in the country later than Williams…