Jun
14
2010

Iran's Nuclear Weapons, Again

Last October we noted ("Iraq All Over Again?," Media Advisory, 10/7/09) that reporters and corporate pundits were often treating allegations about Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions as if they were facts. There have been no verifiable discoveries of an Iranian nuclear weapons program; the main question thus far concerns uranium enrichment, some of which could hypothetically be used in a weapon.

Yesterday was a good day to recall this history, as a Washington Post editorial (6/13/10) referred matter-of-factly to "ending the threat posed by Iran's support for terrorism and pursuit of nuclear weapons." And NBC's Meet the Press host David Gregory referenced "Iran's dangerous drive toward nuclear weapons." Gregory actually appeared in the October FAIR advisory, wondering if negotiations could "push that country to give up its nuclear weapons program."

It's worth recalling that Gregory not too long rebuffed the idea that Meet the Press needed any outside factchecking.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.