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The US media and the “mysterious carrier” mock-up in Iran: utter bankruptcy on display, yet again

By Cyrus Safdari | Iran Affairs | March 24, 2014

So the NY Times came out with a story about a “mysterious” Iranian mock-up of a US naval carrier.

Supposedly “shrouded in mystery” and built “presumably for some mysteriously bellicose purposes,” (and “while Iran has tried to conceal its underground nuclear-related sites” — I guess the NY Times had to get a lie about the nuclear issue in there too) the author proceeds to quote various US military officials suggesting that Iran was going to make some sort of “propaganda point” with the fake ship, and so the 5th Fleet rushed to “get ahead of the Iranians” by announcing it to the media… which proceeded to run with the “Iranian propaganda” story.

Of course, the more obvious reason for the construction of such mock-ups –to make a movie — is not even seriously considered by the NY Times. And, turns out that the US military apparently didn’t know, and the NY Times couldn’t be bothered to check, that Iran is in fact making a movie about the 1988 US shooting down of the Iranian Airbus.

The movie was announced in 2013, as al-Monitor states.

I mean, if this isn’t the most obvious example of the US media totally abrogating any semblence of objectivity and professionalism when dealing with Iran-related stories, I don’t know what is.

But note that al-Monitor doesn’t ask the obvious question: why did US Navy and the NY Times so misrepresent this story? Are they incompetent, or just evil? Why did the US media run with the claims? Why didn’t anyone bother checking it? What broader conclusions can we reach about the state of the US media’s coverage of Iran affairs?

Note that had the Iranian government promoted such bullshit in the media, al-Monitor would be hosting a march of “Iran experts” opining about it and reaching all sorts of broader conclusions about Iran, but don’t expect any sort of self-analysis from the US media.

Oh, by the way, who was actually promoting propaganda?

March 24, 2014 - Posted by | Deception, Mainstream Media, Warmongering | , , ,


  1. Reblogged this on silbershark110neverdie.

    Comment by silbershark110 | March 24, 2014

  2. Ignorance in America is monumental if you consider the United States is the premier world power. I do believe they do have a substantial, worldly, wise group that know this projection of childish, petulant, name calling serves a greater purpose than just pulling the wool over the eyes of it’s own flock of morons. It does give the observer, much pause, with just a small dose of the super charged American indoctrination system.

    Comment by russell olausen | March 24, 2014

  3. For the NY Times to present malicious innuendo and gossip in the guise of a news article is pitiful journalism. “Analysts surmise,” “it may be intended,” “presumably for some mysteriously bellicose purposes”….and conveniently “Iranian Navy officials could not be immediately reached for comment.”

    Here is some background on the original airbus history:

    Comment by Brenda | March 25, 2014

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