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  • Sep. 23, 2020 - 1:50 PM

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Lawrence W. Reed, a resident of Newnan, is president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education. His most recent book is “Was Jesus a Socialist?” He can be reached at lreed@fee.org .

Why are public K-12 schools reopening more slowly from virus lockdowns than private schools?

The New York Times says it’s because public schools have less money. Three times in a single article recently, Times reporter Claire Miller made that claim. But as the folks at JustFacts.com showed, precisely the opposite is the case. On average per pupil, public schools spend 80 percent more than private schools.

To date, no correction has been printed in the paper.

Was the Times reporter simply mistaken, or did she lie? The paper’s record is not encouraging. The fact is, the Times now lies and perpetuates lies routinely. Its fake news was at the center of the Russia collusion hoax. It lies about history with its 1619 Project, denounced by eminent historians for its blatant falsehoods about America and slavery.

The Times also deceives regularly in another way — by what it won’t tell its readers. For example, it crusades in favor of mass mail-in voting, but you have to read the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to find the truth about mail-in vote fraud so massive that an election was completely nullified — just 25 miles away in Paterson, New Jersey, last month.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said in mid-August that with the kind of reasonable COVID-19 precautions already in place, there’s no reason people can’t vote in person in November. Good luck finding that in the Times, which champions mass mail-in voting because its favorite party is the one most likely to cheat at it.

The paper’s official motto is “All the News that’s Fit to Print” but its unofficial one seems to be “Whatever Promotes the Far-Left Narrative, Truth Be Damned.”

One of the Times’s most infamous lies goes back to the early 1930s. While Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union was starving millions to death in Ukraine, Times reporter Walter Duranty was busy denying it. With the backing of his employer, he actively smeared an independent journalist, Gareth Jones, for daring to claim otherwise.

A new film finally portrays Walter Duranty for who he really was — a communist who knew exactly what Stalin was doing and loved every minute of it. It’s called “Mr. Jones” and you can stream it via Prime Video. It follows young Jones’ forbidden journey to see the Ukrainian famine for himself, and Duranty’s campaign to cover it up.

Jones asks a Ukrainian woman, “What happened here?” She replies, “They are killing us.” Jones responds, “Why?” and the woman answers, “Men came and they thought they could replace the natural laws.” That’s a superb summary of communism and its kissing cousin, socialism.

Jones was the first to reveal the awful truth of the famine to the world — upwards of 10 million dead by Stalin’s deliberate policy of collectivized agriculture. No credible person today denies that it occurred. But in March 1933, Jones was shocked to find his revelations met with denunciation from the front pages of the Times. It took eight decades of public pressure before the Times admitted that Duranty’s “journalism” was fake but to this day, it refuses to renounce the Pulitzer Prize he won for his lies.

I wouldn’t tell anyone not to read the New York Times. I read it myself, but then, I’ve always enjoyed well-written fiction.

Lawrence W. Reed, a resident of Newnan, is president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education. His most recent book is “Was Jesus a Socialist?” He can be reached at lreed@fee.org .