Oct
16
2013

NYT's Iraq War History, Still Misleading

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Former Undersecretary of State John Bolton seems to tell the New York Times that only a nut would have claimed that Iraq had destroyed its chemical weapons stockpiles before the US-led war. The Times lets it pass, which is unfortunate, because if that's indeed what Bolton was referring to, it's false.

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.

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
26
2013

Alert: Does Post Correspondent Have a Conflict?

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FAIR's latest alert documents the conflict of interest concerning the new Jerusalem correspondent at the Washington Post. If you're writing to the paper and want to share your letter, please do so in the comments section below.  

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
19
2013

New York Times Israel Correction Needs a Correction

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A New York Times correction calls the Israeli settlement of Gilo a "development in Jerusalem." That could use a correction.

Sep
19
2013

Where Is the Discussion of Syria and International Law?

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If international law is so important in evaluating Syria's actions, then shouldn't it be equally important in evaluating the proposed US response?