Recalling the NYT’s Iran Missile Fizzle

From theendofa New York Times story headlined “Gates Warns of North Korea Missile Threat to U.S.,” readers saw this:

Predicting missile capabilities is notoriously difficult. Documents released last year by WikiLeaks, the antisecrecy organization, revealed sharp disagreements between American and Russian experts on Iran’s missile technology.

Of course, some readers might remember that once upon a time (November 29, to be precise) the Times told a very different story about those cables–in a story headlined “Iran Fortifies Its Arsenal With the Aid of North Korea,” which warned that the country now had “the capacity to strike at capitals in Western Europe.” An important thing to remember, given that the story today features U.S. officials warning that North Korea might soon have weapons that could strike the United States.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.