Jan
31
2013

Iran's 'Nuclear Weapons Program,' Again

On Monday's edition of the NewsHour (1/28/13),  host Gwen Ifill referred to concerns about  the "threat posed by Iran's nuclear program," and told viewers at the end of a Margaret Warner report that "Margaret's next story looks at the debate in Israel over how to deal with the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran."

And on last night's broadcast (1/30/13 FireShot Screen Capture #328 - 'Israeli Warplanes Make Strike on Weapons Convoy in Syria I PBS NewsHour I Jan_ 30, 2013 I PBS' - www_pbs_org_newshour_bb_middle_east_jan-june13_israel_01-30_ht), Warner explained that countries like the U.S., Israel and Turkey "are concerned about Iran's nuclear weapons program."

To reiterate an obvious point: There is no proof of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. There are allegations that Iranian's enrichment of uranium for its nuclear power program is hiding a military component, but weapons inspectors have not uncovered any such diversion. 

 The NewsHour has made this mistake before, as FAIR noted in a recent action alert:

 

 In an October 22 discussion of the foreign policy presidential debate, the PBS NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown stated that "Iran's nuclear weapons program has been a particular flash point."

A few weeks earlier (10/5/12) on the NewsHour, Ray Suarez said that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez had

continued to thwart American efforts on a range of international issues, such as Washington's attempt to convince Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to halt his country's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

How hard is it for NewsHour to understand that allegations are not facts? Write to them at onlineda2@newshour.org

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.