Submitted by Diane Farsetta on
"As they duel over how best to deal with Tehran," Senators John McCain and Barack Obama "are exaggerating what's known about Iran's nuclear program," reports Jonathan Landay. "The U.S. intelligence community ... thinks that Iran halted an effort to build a nuclear warhead in mid-2003, and the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency ... has found no evidence to date of an active Iran nuclear-weapons project." But, in a recent Fox News interview, Obama said, "Iran is stronger now than when George Bush took office," and "they have been developing nuclear weapons." During a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, McCain said, "Tehran's pursuit of nuclear weapons poses an unacceptable risk." Most media have been "failing ... miserably" at calling out the presidential candidates' unsupported Iran claims, notes Columbia Journalism Review. "We launched one Middle East war this decade in part because politicians made claims about an adversary's weapons capabilities that turned out to be wildly inflated -- and the press, for the most part, went along. ... The press has some pretty powerful evidence with which to challenge the candidates on the question of Iran's nuclear program -- the nation needs journalists to do just that."
hass replied on Permalink
IAEA report on Iran misrepresented by NY Times and US media
The US media and the NY Times in particular have seriously misrepresented the actual contents of the latest IAEA report on Iran, which actually shows that Iran is cooperating with the inspectors, and no evidnece of any nuclear weapons program has been found despite the constant barrage of allegations:
See FAIR at http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=22&media_view_id=10228
and Iran Affairs at http://tinyurl.com/6qmtzj
waterflaws replied on Permalink
The corporate media is NOT ""failing miserably"".
They are misleading us INTENTIONALLY. Why do we keep attributing things like this to errors and incompetence?
McCain.... enough said. Maybe Obama thinks he can nuance his way out of the corporate stranglehold on "our" government. Maybe he has no intention of following through with his publicly stated visions.