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.

Oct
02
2013

USA Today's Pattern of Inaccuracy on Iran

A look at USA Today's Iran coverage over time suggests a pattern of putting Iran in a bad light, sometimes at the expense of the truth.

Oct
01
2013

Anonymous Israeli Official Tells Post: You Can't Trust Persians

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Today the Washington Post (10/1/13) has a piece about how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not pleased with the thaw in US/Iran relations. That's not surprising. But I was a little surprised that reporters David Nakamura and William Booth allowed this: Israeli leaders fear that the international community, and the United States in particular, is in danger of being duped by the Iranians. One official compared the Americans to tourists wandering into a Middle East bazaar. "The Persians have been using these tactics for thousands of years, before America came to be," said a senior Israeli official, who spoke […]

Sep
27
2013

NYT Columnist: You Can't Trust Shiites

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New York Times columnist Roger Cohen offered some reasons to be skeptical of what we're hearing from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. He is, after all, Muslim.

Sep
24
2013

Iran Nuclear Weapons Claims Still Need Correcting

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Yesterday in USA Today (9/22/13), Aamer Madhani wrote this about the challenges facing Barack Obama: The president is also trying to take advantage of a diplomatic opening–created by the installation of a new, more moderate president in Iran–to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear weapons program. As you might know by now, this is misleading; Iran is suspected by some governments of having a nuclear weapons program, but there is no solid intelligence that such a program exists. USA Today made a similar claim a few months ago; when FAIR activists wrote to the paper, it eventually got around to […]

Sep
19
2013

NBC's News on Iran and Nukes Is Old News

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If the big news here is that the president of Iran is saying the country is not developing nuclear weapons, and does not ever intend to do so, that's not really news.

Sep
10
2013

A 'Message' to Iran–or Misinformation?

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The Washington Post seems to be portraying "Iran's effort to get nuclear weapons" as if it were a fact. It's not–it's an allegation.

Aug
28
2013

The New Crossfire: Where Both Sides Support War With Syria

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"Left" debates "right" on CNN. Both sides want to bomb Syria.

Aug
09
2013

Iran Has Space Program–Some See Crisis!

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A well-respected research group posted a short article on its website about the location of a second launchpad for Iran's space program. That's not big news–but it can be made to sound like scary news in the New York Times.

Aug
07
2013

Ted Koppel and Terrorism

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Veteran journalist Ted Koppel says we shouldn't overreact to terrorism. This is the same Ted Koppel who, just a few years ago, argued that the U.S. response to any terrorist attack should be to attack Iran.

Jul
15
2013

CBS Gives Iran Nuclear Fearmongering a Voice

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been sounding alarms over Iran's nuclear program for two decades. On Sunday CBS Face the Nation gave him yet another chance to make dubious claims about the threats posed by their supposed weapons.

Jul
05
2013

David Brooks Applies His Mental Equipment to the Egypt Coup

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"Islamists…lack the mental equipment to govern," New York Times columnist David Brooks writes today (7/5/13). "Incompetence is built into the intellectual DNA of radical Islam." Now, Brooks has been known to cite eugenicist¬† Steve Sailer on "white fertility rates" (12/7/04; Extra!, 4/05).¬† But let's give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that rather than making a racist argument, he's simply appearing to be racist as a metaphor (as when he wrote recently that interracial marriage was producing a "nation of mutts"–6/27/13). So he's saying, then, that Islamists govern as if they were biologically inferior. And his evidence for […]

Jun
21
2013

Action Alert: Iran Misinformation From MSNBC, USA Today

The latest FAIR Action Alert asks readers to contact MSNBC and USA Today for corrections of misreporting in their coverage of Iran. Read the alert here and, if you send the outlets a letter, please share it in the comments section below.