[THS] Iran : Fact Checking the Media
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Iran : Fact Checking the Media
By Dennis Kucinich
February 03, 2012 "Information Clearing House" --- During an interview last month on CBS' Face the Nation, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta set the record straight on Iran: "Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No." But if you read recent news reports lately, you'd think otherwise.
The media coverage on Iran is mirroring the coverage in the lead-up to the Iraq war: grand claims about a smoking gun that doesn't exist. For example, The New York Times incorrectly reported last month that the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran concluded that their nuclear program had a military objective. The paper's public editor, Arthur Brisbane, was forced to acknowledge their mistake and wrote: "Some readers, mindful of the faulty intelligence and reporting about Saddam Hussein's weapons program, are watching the Iran nuclear coverage very closely." Other media outlets such as National Public Radio, PBS and The Washington Post have been challenged on their coverage too.
A recent publication from the Center for Strategic and International Studies titled "The IAEA's Iran Report and Misplaced Paranoia," noted that "With few exceptions, these revelations are not exactly new. More importantly, neither is the thrust of the report: that Iran is developing some capabilities that can only be understood as preliminaries to the development of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, early coverage of the report's release gives the opposite impression."
Many have recognized that the media failed to do its job in the lead-up to the Iraq war. The potential consequences of treading on that same path with Iran are grave. The U.S. has thus far spent over $1.2 trillion of borrowed money on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military action against Iran would be disastrous for the region and for U.S. moral standing. A serious diplomatic track based on mutual trust and respect is the only way to achieve increased transparency.
xclusive: Israel Warns US Jews: Iran Could Strike Here
By RICHARD ESPOSITO
Israeli facilities in North America -- and around the world -- are on high alert, according to an internal security document obtained by ABC News that predicted the threat from Iran against Jewish targets will increase. <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=iqnuv6bab&et=1109221212453&s=23112&e=001ISlxCltCqBySvOj87UbYaqtrSA9M1fN6jjwRdb8w8mZY9NcufOUedXiUbJHl5-YeoCeafdM_kLgdgG3lqMjo6QJDCz5uC94EGiokrpaJ37WO8V9y15M0lWJywMdIIWSYyFIYQHqxH78rPS24p9hiC_l6FRB9tnA1>http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30435.htm
Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran
US Fears Iran's Links to Al Qaeda
BY SIOBHAN GORMAN
Officials believe country may have provided aid to terror group. <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=iqnuv6bab&et=1109221212453&s=23112&e=001ISlxCltCqBzt7HPorOiEnZ3dRXIUeU2a9_eA4mz56x1IEv0DUlDUzOHUPAza7t_Mnck7llWSUGZ87JrSDx5r7-qnBzE_H0676R798O5jtrCDVeCmsgwykyA-jf3kXQ69nO8uSIv7De9CTHy4KA0a5eJE38zVfLLA>http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30434.htm
Iran is the Root of all Evil
By Glenn Greenwald
Is there anything those Persian Monsters aren't guilty of? <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=iqnuv6bab&et=1109221212453&s=23112&e=001ISlxCltCqBxJV7mGqSpZL_yN6vz8HjXxliY22Fo-A2E-YXZYN3rwfA6fzVQOuiDtHyTVHHHS7pEYd-crfeDmIFWH29LxYQf7_oYnf3brpn9QB0gjAfZG1M-sa4bJNK6peBZmue3_RaoJ5D7_STQQ28dyWNXhAIYb>http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30430.htm
How Hollywood Spreads Propaganda.
By Danny Schechter
Iran seems to many observers to be next in line for the Iraqi freedom treatment, the latest in a long line of "enemy" nations menaced by overt and covert military threats by the United States and its allies. <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=iqnuv6bab&et=1109221212453&s=23112&e=001ISlxCltCqBxIvLj6MZca--4ElNRJ0BDfqjuwej2BacP8ofx27d0q32J-dSmUdsrPhPh1LmgLaux0eCCaFjUwgk4mcYmvfBZ7CcxQvq4hMWGo42-L2OtkEY9jQo73suv1VY8W5O3tZYN2UUXDRnAOd_kPyDTqWvr0>http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30432.htm
US Preparing Something Against Iran
By Gennady Yevstafyev Retired Lieutenant-General of Russia's Foreign Intelligence.
Iran is a key, it is a lynchpin of the security situation in the Gulf as far as anti-American forces are concerned. <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=iqnuv6bab&et=1109221212453&s=23112&e=001ISlxCltCqBx4_VBC9v1Ke4KzwgowqtAb5eA_PS7h3D62iwh4XeUgYYAO871D_FEW6RlOj7EJETMPGw0u7FmUJIGYi8fBK0Ov8F68Rl0lJyZ4AK9JgT5JiHzEXTJSburm3gSSzUOvOWAwD08eneaSTsRH9l1iqnhL>http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30431.htm
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