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Iran’s ‘Nuclear Weapons Program,’ Again

By Peter Hart | FAIR | January 31, 2013

FireShot Screen Capture #328 - 'Israeli Warplanes Make Strike on Weapons Convoy in Syria I PBS NewsHour I Jan_ 30, 2013 I PBS' - www_pbs_org_newshour_bb_middle_east_jan-june13_israel_01-30_ht

On Monday’s edition of the NewsHour (1/28/13),  host Gwen Ifill referred to concerns about  the “threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program,” and told viewers at the end of a Margaret Warner report that “Margaret’s next story looks at the debate in Israel over how to deal with the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.”

And on last night’s broadcast (1/30/13), Warner explained that countries like the U.S., Israel and Turkey “are concerned about Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”

To reiterate an obvious point: There is no proof of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. There are allegations that Iranian’s enrichment of uranium for its nuclear power program is hiding a military component, but weapons inspectors have not uncovered any such diversion.

The NewsHour has made this mistake before, as FAIR noted in a recent action alert:

In an October 22 discussion of the foreign policy presidential debate, the PBS NewsHour‘s Jeffrey Brown stated that “Iran’s nuclear weapons program has been a particular flash point.”

A few weeks earlier (10/5/12) on the NewsHour, Ray Suarez said that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez had

continued to thwart American efforts on a range of international issues, such as Washington’s attempt to convince Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to halt his country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

How hard is it for NewsHour to understand that allegations are not facts? Write to them at onlineda2@newshour.org

February 1, 2013 - Posted by | Deception, Mainstream Media, Warmongering | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I’d be very much surprised if the author would extend the very same “allegations are not facts” towards Israel’s alleged nuclear weapons…

    I’m pretty certain that around here the “allegations” concerning Israel’s alleged nuclear weapons capability are very much considered as “fact”…

    Comment by ScubaMan | February 1, 2013 | Reply

  2. Not at all, they’re PR.

    Comment by traducteur | February 2, 2013 | Reply

  3. At the same time as the IAEA, the internationally recognized nuclear watchdog of the UN, released its most recent critical report of Iran’s nuclear program (see my recent post), Farhad Pouladi from AFP decided to rewrite the news.

    A full three quarters of his report were made up of a mere regurgitation of Saeed Jalili’s propaganda:

    “Iran has fulfilled its NPT obligations as an active and committed member, therefore (it) should gain all of its rights,” Jalili said in an address to Iranian nuclear industry officials.
    read the full post about iran nuclear weapons program

    Comment by iran nuclear weapons program | February 27, 2013 | Reply

    • INWP,

      I notice that there is no commenting available at your warmongering hate site. Who hires you to engage in such an activity? What motivates you to promote wars of aggression?

      Comment by aletho | February 27, 2013 | Reply


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