Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT’s 1967 Attack on MLK’s Anti-War Speech – The Intercept

Nixon officials smeared Ellsberg as a Russian agent, while The New York Times attacked King for “slandering” the U.S. and “whitewashing” Hanoi’s crimes. All of that should sound familiar.

Source: firstlook.org

"I defy anyone to listen to any Democratic apparatchik insinuate that Snowden is a Russian agent and identify any differences with how Nixon apparatchiks smeared Ellsberg (or, for that matter, how today’s warnings from Obama officials about the grave harm coming from leaks differ from the warnings issued by Bush and Nixon officials). The script for smearing never changes — it stays constant over five decades and through the establishments of both parties — and it’s one of the reasons Ellsberg so closely identifies with Snowden and has become one of his most vocal defenders."

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