Aug 25 2015

Media and Nuclear Deal Opponents Continue to Spread Debunked Myth Iran Will Monitor Itself

hill iran inspect itself

A now-debunked story by Associated Press reported that Iran would be inspecting itself. The piece, in its first draft, was full of errors and distortions. But its supposed revelations filled the airwaves.

Aug 21 2015

ACTION ALERT: NYT Says ‘Pro-Israel Community’ Opposes Iran Deal–Ignoring Actual Opinions

Jerrold Nadler(photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The New York Times’ description of a “pro-Israel community intensely opposed to the [Iran] deal” is contradicted by polls of Jewish- American opinion.

Aug 20 2015

Giving War a Chance

Peace is almost always an alternative—but you won’t hear that from US politicians or news media

HuffPost: Ted Cruz On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

The specter of war in American foreign policy discourse has produced a troubling framework: Advocates of diplomacy with Iran cite war as the inevitable alternative, while critics of diplomacy cite war as its inevitable outcome.

Aug 03 2015

US Politicians’ Racist Anti-Iranian Remarks Don’t Make Headlines

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee

War-hawk politicians have no problem wielding racism and bigotry when it is in their political interest. And because they are not held responsible for their extreme rhetoric, they have every incentive to keep employing it.

Jul 27 2015

‘Swiftboating’ J Street to Smear Iran Deal as ‘Anti-Israel’

Vietnam-era swift boat

J Street has backed the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran and is backing the Iran nuclear deal, and that’s why opponents of the Iran nuclear deal are attacking J Street and saying that J Street’s claim to be “pro-Israel” is dubious.

Jul 24 2015

Side-By-Side Coverage of Cuba and Iran Highlights Shift in US Media Villain-Making

PBS Newshour's Judy Woodruff and four commentators: James Woolsey, Dennis Ross, Sandy Berger and Michael Hayden.

While Cuban officials are granted airtime as they forcefully denounce American policies at a walking distance from the US Capitol building, similarly reasonable positions on the part of Iran are treated as outrageous demands.

Jul 22 2015

‘Media Have Been Applying a False Narrative to the Entire Issue’

CounterSpin interview with Gareth Porter on the Iran deal

Gareth Porter

“How did the US come to the point where it was ready to negotiate a deal on the nuclear program with Iran? And the answer to that is certainly not something that you will learn from reading the news media accounts.”

Jul 20 2015

It’s Simple, Face the Nation: Iran Doesn’t Trust US Inspectors–and Shouldn’t

John Dickerson interviewing Ernest Moniz and John Kerry on Face the Nation

Face the Nation’s discussion of the Iran deal would have been more satisfying if anyone had acknowledged the reality that it would be foolish for Iran to accept unlimited inspections anywhere on its territory.