The Wizard of Oz and Wireless: Behind the Curtain with the New York Times Coverage of RT and 5G

By Patricia Burke with contributions by Nina Beety, Theodora Scarato, Kate Kheel, and colleagues.

On Sunday May 12, the New York Times published an article “Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You, But Russia Wants You To Think Otherwise.”[1]

Excluded from the article is the disclosure that behind the curtain, the New York Times recently announced a joint venture with Verizon to build a 5G journalism lab.[2]

Watch the January 2019 video of Mark Thompson, the CEO of New York Times speaking about the New York Times and Verizon partnership:

RT issued two video responses to the New York Times reporting and the criticism of RT:

Chris Chambers, Professor of Media Studies, Georgetown University, was also interviewed by RT about the issue on the show Watching the Hawks:

The New York Times board of directors is filled with conflicts of interest, as noted by RT.

For example, Doreen Tobin retired in 2009 from Verizon after serving as executive VP, chief financial officer, and had 25 years in the telecom industry, including with AT&T.

Prior to 2002, Ms. Toben was senior vice president and chief financial officer with responsibility for finance and strategic planning for Verizon’s Telecom Group.

She got on the New York Times board in 2004.

Also, billionaire Carlos Slim is apparently a majority stockholder of the NYT, and holds about 15% of shares. He has made his money mostly in a combination of telecom [the biggest piece of his wealth-see hyperlink], real estate and construction industries.

The telecom industry dominates the advertising budgets of many newspapers.

Noting the distinction between independent news reporting and opinion pieces, critics have noted that the NYT could and should have put a disclaimer on their article disclosing its numerous conflicts of interest.

Now the question becomes, how, or if the Times will address the alarming and blatant lack of objectivity?

Russian scientists conducted early research on microwave radiation, and have been among those warning about the health impacts, especially to children. [3]An appeal was sent out internationally in multiple languages in 2008, a followed with another appeal when there was no response from Western countries. Russian scientists continue to be involved in international appeals that warn about the public health effects of microwave radiation. [4]

Like the Wizard of Oz, the industry and its partners are scrambling to project the false bravado of a 5G nirvana, even as the industry itself reports concerns. [5] [6] [7] [8]

Behind the scenes of the production of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the production featured the extensive use of asbestos, particularly as snow in the scene in the field,[9] but also as a component to some of the costumes.

In 1939, when the movie was released, officials had already sent out warning regarding the dangerous effects of asbestos. Film sets continued to use the harmful mineral regardless, due to its affordability and ability to resist heat and fire.


Like the Wizard behind the curtain, the 5G story is wrought with both self-deceptions by the industry to itself, and deception of others by the industry and its partners.

But it is wrought with risks to human health and the environment.

A conversation from L. Frank Baum’s, story between the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow highlights the value of the heart and the brain.

“Oh, I see;” said the Tin Woodman. “But, after all, brains are not the best things in the world.”
Have you any?” enquired the Scarecrow.

No, my head is quite empty,” answered the Woodman; “but once I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart.”

Given that we know that radio frequencies affect both the brain and the heart,[10] it is time to awaken from our collective sleep and recognize that microwave radiation is more damaging than any previous generation’s planetary stressor.

Not unlike the Wizard of Oz actors laying the field covered with asbestos, we are covered with the stuff. We can stop this madness.

The Scarecrow: And I’m sure to have a brain…

The Tin Woodsman: A heart…

Dorothy Gale: A home…

The Cowardly Lion: The nerve!

See also:

Learn more:

5G Wireless? Short the Stock and Question the “Forward Looking Statements”?*  May 11th, 2019 | Bruce Kushnick | The Medium

The IRREGULATORS, joined by others, are appealing an FCC decision about the Agency’s deformed accounting rules, which have allowed AT&T and Verizon to use the state-based public utility construction budgets to build out their wireless networks and the other lines of business. At the same time, this caused massive, but artificial losses that help the FCC, AT&T et al. to claim that it is not profitable to upgrade the wired networks to fiber optics, especially in rural areas. The solution they preach now is some vaporware called 5G wireless.

Start Spreading The News: Another Elected Official Asks The FCC To Provide Documentation That 5G Is Safe  May 8th, 2019 | BN Frank | Activist Post



[2] Read the full article on Verizon website here



[5] 5G Was Rushed to Market – It Shows—it-shows/a/d-id/751369

[6] IOT: Privacy Concerns Grow As IoT Devices Light Up

[7] 5G: 4 Regulatory Complications of 5G Infrastructure Development

The implementation of 5G Internet infrastructure raises fundamental questions about how private companies operate in the public realm. Don’t expect easy answers.

5G Doesn’t Align With Some Existing Radiation Regulations

Tight regulations on radiation halted planned 5G trials in some European countries. In Brussels, Belgium, the radiation limits are strict, although they recently loosened slightly to allow for the 5G network. Government officials are nonetheless concerned that 5G’s technology doesn’t enable measuring the radiation emitted from individual antennas.

One mobile operator planned to have a trial in Brussels this year and offer commercial 5G services next year. But, government minister Céline Fremault says there is no way to guarantee that the radiation output will stay within the allowable range. Trials will not proceed until that changes.

Regardless of the city or country where these radiation qualms arise, the sentiment around the matter, as well as existing regulatory restrictions on radiation, could both hinder progress.

[8] Upgrading Ourselves to Death

[9] The Slow Demise of Asbestos, the Carcinogen That Gave ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Snow


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