Nov
26
2013

CNN's Parade of Iran Hawks

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CNN's Sunday show offered a very one-sided discussion of the Iran nuclear deal–and some misinformation from host Candy Crowley.

Nov
22
2013

Peculiarly Oriental Iranians

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But the idea that Iranians are inherently more suspicious is widespread. Time magazine's Karl Vick wrote a piece for the Time website that asserted that "Iranians are masters of what has been termed 'Oriental indirection.'"

Nov
15
2013

FAIR TV: Typhoons and Climate Change, Chris Christie's Media Magic, More Iran Nonsense

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This week on FAIR TV: Media still hesitate to talk about climate change when covering extreme weather like the typhoon that just ravaged the Philippines. Chris Christie is "magical," says one pundit–we'll tell you what his trick is. And nuclear negotiations don't make media coverage of Iran any better.    

Nov
15
2013

Obama's Deadly Website Compared to Katrina

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To some people, a new law that is running into technical problems with a poorly designed website is not really the same as a massive disaster in one of America's iconic cities that killed almost 2,000 people.

Nov
14
2013

Iran's Suspicious Smile

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Tom Friedman of the New York Times opened up his November 13 column with this:  It goes without saying that the only near-term deal with Iran worth partially lifting sanctions for would be a deal that freezes all the key components of Iran's nuclear weapons development program It goes without saying that this is deeply misleading. Iran, as most people following this story are surely aware, is not known to have any such weapons program. There are suspicions, mostly coming from some US and Israeli officials, that the country's enrichment activities are intended to produce a nuclear weapon. But international […]

Nov
12
2013

Anonymous Diplomats Tell Other Newspapers…

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The New York Times reports what anonymous officials apparently told other reporters in order to blame Iran for the failure of nuclear talks.

Nov
11
2013

Who's an Iran Expert? The Hawks Have Their Say

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The Iran nuclear negotiations had the Sunday shows talking–but who are they talking to? And do they know what they're talking about?

Oct
18
2013

When Reporters Talk About Iran and 'the World,' They Mean Something Else

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When US journalists talk about what "the world" thinks of Iran's nuclear program, it's important to remember that they're not usually talking about "the world"– just one very powerful part of it.

Oct
17
2013

Time's Take Two on Iran: Are They Reading This Blog?

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Time's blog runs a piece on Iran that includes everything that was missing from a recent Time magazine history of US-Iran relations.

Oct
11
2013

FAIR TV: Attacking Disability, 'Good' Government Leaks and Time's Funny Iran History

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60 Minutes goes after disability benefits, government leaks on that Somalia raid, and Time magazine's Iran timeline is missing some important history.

Oct
11
2013

Brian Williams vs. Brian Williams on Iran

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NBC's Brian Williams misled viewers when he called Iran's declaration that it wasn't interested in nuclear weapons a "sudden" shift. It's not–and he's reported that himself.

Oct
04
2013

FAIR TV: Shutdown Blame Game, CBS Misleads on Climate, and Brian Williams on Iran–Then and Now

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This week on FAIR TV: Media should take a side on who's causing the government shutdown. CBS Evening News wonders what happened to global warming. And Brian Williams can't believe the stunning shift from Iran on nuclear weapons–so who was this Brian Williams guy who was was reporting on the "new line" from Iran years ago? Take a look:  

Oct
04
2013

What's Missing From Time's Iran Timeline

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It's not easy to summarize a half century of more of history, but the items selected by Time to represent key events in US/Iranian relations are more than a little curious.