Accuracy in Media

The New York Times continues to misrepresent the Iran deal as a signed document with the potential to motivate moderate Iranians to reform their totalitarian regime. However, it is more than obvious that the P5+1 did not actually sign a deal with Iran, and that this unsigned agreement cannot bring about change in that country.

Instead, the deal has emboldened those who hold the reins of power in Iran. On January 28, the Times’ editorial board lamented that “Next month’s elections in Iran do not bode well for Iranians eager for more political and social freedoms or for the promising new relationship with the West symbolized by the recent deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program.”

“Even before any ballots are cast,” they argue, “the death-to-America hard-liners who bitterly opposed the deal are stacking the deck against moderates led by President Hassan Rouhani, who signed the agreement and is more open than others in the power structure to further engagement with Western nations as well as expanding rights and freedoms for Iranian citizens.”

The inaccuracies contained within these few lines are too many to count. Iran is not interested in engaging with Western nations, other than for business purposes, nor is it interested in expanding the rights of its citizens. Also, even Iranians abroad do not support President Rouhani. When Rouhani recently came to France, thousands of Iranians and others took to the streets to demonstrate against him and his “façade of moderation,” according to CNS News.

As we have reported, the nuclear agreement has not actually been signed. In a letter from the State Department, Julia Frifield stated that “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document.” Rather, the Iranian “deal” is just a set of political obligations which Iran can interpret in whatever way it wants.

How exactly can the mainstream media keep perpetuating this falsehood about a signed deal in their news reports? It is because members of the mainstream media have championed, and will continue to champion, this deal at any cost as long as it is considered part of President Obama’s foreign policy legacy. Such reporters will likely attribute any visible sign of a supposedly reformed Iran to Obama’s diplomacy rather than to internal forces. Reductions in freedom will undoubtedly be attributed to hard-liner resistance.

“So much for the nuclear deal’s promise of empowering Iranian reformers,” commented The Wall Street Journal on January 26. The recent “purge of candidates betrayed an especially hard-line approach,” it writes.

However, if President Rouhani is a force for moderation, as the Times’ editorial board contends, then why has he overseen more than 2,000 executions during his tenure? Iran performs more executions than any nation except for China. And that doesn’t even begin to describe the human rights abuses that are rampant in Iran, particularly towards women and children. This Gatestone article describes those conditions under the “moderate” Rouhani regime.

“Executions, however, skyrocketed under both [former President Mohammad] Khatami and now Rouhani relative to the capital punishment rates under their respective predecessors,” argues the American Enterprise Institute’s Michael Rubin in an opinion piece posted by Newsweek titled, “There Are No Iranian Moderates.” “…Americans continue to wallow under the delusion that factions are hooks upon which to hang American policy,” he argues.

The truth is that there are no Iranian moderates in power, and those reformers that the West might champion wield little to no power.

Rubin sees Rouhani’s struggles as a façade, a ruse to “project an image of moderation to relieve pressure.” He argues that Rouhani was elected for the sole purpose of overcoming Iran’s financial woes.

Now that Implementation Day has come and gone, President Rouhani is free to court French and Italian businesses, which recently signed deals valued in the tens of billions.

“It seems quite evident that the nuclear agreement has given the regime added motivation to crack down on Iranian civil society, become more belligerent in the region, and keep Western influence at bay,” argues Italy’s former foreign minister, Giulio Maria Terzi. While Terzi calls a moderate Iran a “fantasy,” he still calls for Western business deals that require Iran to engage in reform.

But even The New York Times editorial board casts Rouhani as “a creature of Iran’s establishment, not a revolutionary” who “has tapped into widespread popular support for ending the country’s long isolation.” It seems unclear what element, exactly, in Iran wanted to continue that isolation.

While the media and the Obama administration continue to hold to a non-existent agreement which does little to hold the regime accountable, Iran has become emboldened both in business and militarily. Not only did the Iranians film American sailors at gunpoint, on January 12 the Iranians flew an unarmed drone over the USS Harry Truman while this carrier was sailing in international waters. The United States did not shoot down the drone. Instead, President Obama allowed Iran to claim another propaganda victory, with Iranian naval commander Adm. Habibollah Sayyari claiming that it was an act of Iranian “bravery” to surveil U.S. forces.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei further humiliated the Obama administration when he awarded medals to the five commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) who had seized two American Navy vessels and held 10 American sailors at gunpoint, claiming they had trespassed into Iranian waters. Khamenei told his commanders, while awarding them medals, that the capture of these sailors “was in fact an act of God, who brought the Americans into our waters so they would be arrested with their hands on their heads through your timely measure.” Whether they had trespassed or not, the Iranian action was illegal, and the Americans should never have allowed them on board the vessels, according to Retired Admiral James “Ace” Lyons.

Iran is very pleased, having just acknowledged receiving more than $100 billion of formerly frozen overseas assets through sanctions relief, contradicting the recent comments of Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry has acknowledged that some of that money would be going to the IRGC, labeled by his own State Department as a terrorist organization, but he claimed that they weren’t getting $100 billion, and he didn’t know where that figure came from. He assured us it was more like $55 billion that they would be receiving. He said $100 billion was a “fictional number.”

But don’t look for the media to hold Kerry accountable. They, like the Obama administration, are still determined to convince us what a great deal this is, and how it has saved us from Iran developing nuclear weapons. Liberal news organizations are expecting this disastrous, unsigned agreement with Iran to prompt concrete changes in that nation. But President Obama’s legacy will likely be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, with Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, empowered and enabled to expand its destructive impact.




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Comments

  • one_human

    I was reading until I reached “claiming they had trespassed into Iranian waters”. Roger doesn’t know the difference between facts and fiction! And, he is the Editor of Accurqcy In Media. LMAO!

  • RMThoughts

    Let’s try to understand. Iran interdicted two US boats in Iranian water. They peacefully took the books and crew captive, treated them humanely and released the sailors and the boats back to American custody within 24 hours after apologizing for the incursion, which is normal procedure.

    Let’s contrast that to another incident. On June 8, 1967, Israel attacked the American naval vessel USS Liberty in international waters, and tried to sink it.

    After checking the Liberty out for 8 hours and coming, within 200 feet … close enough for the pilots and the sunbathing Liberty sailors on deck to waive at each other, the Israelis attacked it with Mirage fighter jets, torpedoes and napalm. The USS Liberty suffered 70% casualties, with 34 killed and 174 wounded.

    The Israeli attack spanned two hours … as long as the attack on Pearl Harbor. The air attack alone lasted approximately 25 minutes: consisting of more than 30 sorties by approximately 12 separate planes using napalm, cannon, and rockets which left 821 holes in the ship. The Israelis fired 30mm cannons and rockets into the boat.

    Following the attack by fighter jets, three Israeli motor torpedo boats torpedoed the ship, causing a 40 x 40 foot wide hole in her hull, and machine-gunning firefighters and stretcher-bearers attempting to save their ship and crew. More than 3,000 machine-gun bullet holes were later counted on the Liberty’s hull.

    Israel never issued and apology nor does the US allow the sailors to talk about the incident. Which one is humiliation.

  • Austinniceguy

    What this moron didn’t report on was how the supreme raghead also sent medals to Kerry and OlBluegums.

  • Humble

    TO THE APPEASERS:

    One side must win, and one side must be utterly defeated. The people who are willing to do anything .. will win. Which side do you choose to be on?

    Where have they shown mercy? Where have they allowed freedom? Where have they honored life, and joy and goodness?

    Choose wisely, and reject the ‘fad’ of supporting Islamic terrorists.

    No, this is not ‘Islamaphobia’ (what they call any resistance to their living hell).

    Your appeasement.. your blindness to the reality of it, and your attempts to equate this particular, astonishing evil, with vital attempts to stop it.. as all the same.. these are the real Islamaphobia.. your fear of violence.. your peculior, subtle death wish… these are the real Islamaphobia… killing the West.

    ..and they will not like or love you for it. They will not thank you, or join with you in the ‘peace and Love’ you hide behind… no, they will kill you.. soon as they can

  • Ted

    Yeah, let’s just nuke ’em and take the damned oil and anything else of value that we might find.

    No problem!

  • Kaveh_Aahangar

    Roger Aronoff is a wanker

  • john robel

    Mockery huh? HEY GOAT FUCKERS, morHAMed was a PEDOPHILE, BUTCHER, and a DELUSIONAL NUTJOB.

  • Matt House

    Accuracy in media? Juts three points here:

    1- You claim: Iran is not interested in engaging with Western nations, other than for business purposes, nor is it interested in expanding the rights of its citizens
    Except what else is there to do when you engage?? You want them yo move in or what? Is trade just not enough when you want to get really friendly? Your logic throughout is so illogical that one wonders how and why?
    Last time I checked EVERY government was trying damn hard to restrict citizens rights. Is US interested in expanding American’s rights? Iranians time and again say by interfering and sanctioning you only strengthen the Mullahs. Why is that so difficult to comprehend? You think Iranians abroad are here because they are in love with the regime?

    2- ‘even Iranians abroad do not support President Rouhani.’

    3-‘if President Rouhani is a force for moderation, as the Times’ editorial board contends, then why has he overseen more than 2,000 executions during his tenure?’ —-THIS is particularly strange because most Western countries including UK and US, the executive branch does NOT direct the judicial branch and the legislature needs to change the law. How can you forget such a vital rule of good governance?

    Which are my second and third points because I can’t even get interested enough to read further. Accuracy in media need to be just that. Iran has many flaws no doubt but just plucking convoluted ones to fill the page is unforgivably counterproductive. Shame.

  • Matt House

    Humble are you channeling Bush? ‘With us or against us’ is not a proven success exactly so quit the silly talk and start getting real. US has managed to destroy half of Middle East and get depleted Uranium in the water, the land and the air but don’t think that there is more to be done? The bast*rds are complaining they are getting killed? IF someone scattered your town with radioactive explosives would you just chalk it up to experience and watch your kids die with decorum?

    Honestly screaming ‘I have to kill. Because they hate our values is just mental fingering. They wouldn’t need to walk for days if there wasn’t something driving them. How long has this Muslim thing been a problem? Ever since US started to ‘shape’ events there!! Get real man. Clutching pearls and going all panicky is just too funny when its a sheep doing it.

  • Matt House

    I really don’t get it. Is this intentional Double-Speak or just ignorance? Is he always like this then?

  • Matt House

    I have to say the sentiment is not in question and the whole thing is despicable, but there is a little more to this than Bad Israel experiencing a momentary loss of sanity. The reason this story is not getting denied or confirmed is because the truth is per chance far more ugly. The set up was homegrown most likely to enable direct action by US.The French and Brits get chased off and Israel slips off the Brits back and gets all comfy on Uncle Sam’s and facilitates US getting in on the feeding frenzy. Just the ship was not having it. Lyndon was trickier than the slippery one that followed. He was wise enough to quit before it all got too obvious that he was totally compromised and open to all sorts.

  • RMThoughts

    Like it or not, Iran dealt with a delicate situation in a sane way. We should take care with allies who “momentarily lose sanity”. Neocons and Israel what the US to make war on Iran, that is dangerous.

    Even more dangerous is when a high ranking member of the Likud government suffers a loss of sanity. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, did not even hide his sympathy with the bloodiest and most murderous, Christian-hating terrorists on earth: Islamic State, aka ISIS, aka Daesh. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is mocking every American murdered in San Bernardino and all the people slaughtered by ISIS in Paris, as well as all the Christians, Kurds and Shiites who have been beheaded and massacred, along with Christian churches destroyed. His preference for the conquest of Syria by ISIS would mean the wholesale extermination of the Christian and Alawaite population.

  • RMThoughts

    The hardliners in Washington, Tehran, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh must be especially frustrated, since they had what they thought was a surefire excuse to scupper the nuclear deal and escalate toward war after American boats had, for some unknown reason, entered Iranian territorial waters.

  • Matt House

    I agree. Its a sober, realistic run through. I wasn’t commenting to disagree. Just to add to the debate. Logic in the case of Liberty, leaves little room for a surprize attack.But Israel still did actually carry out a real attack. I can not imagine saving Israel’s blushes would be worth the risk for the US, esp in the 50s/60s when the interlock was not that strong. Israel got a huge stash of goodies within weeks it seems. A good chance it was a pay off to keep the arrangement under wraps. That would have been essential since having to suppress the truth meant no rallying to the flag to muddy any pointy clues that could crop up unexpectedly.

  • Gary Denton

    Accuracy in Media continues mocking and humiliating the intelligence of readers.
    Our sailors were in the wrong. This was an incident that would have been handled the same way by any President but seems to have been a little smoother under Obama and Kerry.
    The deal stopped Iran’s nuclear weapons production cold – period.
    You didn’t want that?

  • La6Red9Nec

    Because American leaders have supported the twin Apartheid regimes in Isreal & Saudi with political and military cover for the past 40 years with nothing to show for it. Unless you think the animals in ISIS are a blessing for us.
    Iranians enjoy humiliating such stupid leadership because we do not question our own leaders about their stupid policies.

  • Jon Roy

    How can you be so sure Iran has stopped or will stop pursing nuclear weapons? Keep in mind Iran has tested ballistic missiles twice since the “deal”. Also, Iran did get rid of their enriched uranium however they’ve received an equal amount of ore in return. If Iran wants nuclear weapons they will get nuclear weapons one way or another.

  • Matt House

    How does getting ore in return retains the enriched Uranium?? Why is every time Iran is mentioned some assume they can overlook rules and regulations and yabber on with asinine ‘proof’ that what they assume is the gospel truth and therefore any preemption is justified. I say don’t set a precedent that inevitably means you have to swallow and take it when a similar accusation is made about you.at a later stage,Isn’t that the whole basis of law and order?

  • Gary Denton

    Because the experts have looked at the deal and there is no way now they can produce nuclear weapons without clear notice they are violating the deal.
    Because ballistic missiles are not a prohibited technology andare unremarkable.
    If they want to take many years and many billions of dollars and go back to sanctions.

  • Jon Roy

    “How does getting ore in return retains the enriched Uranium?? ”
    I dont understand this question but Im assuming you mean they wont be able to enrich the raw ore but you are mistaken, nothing in the agreement prevents them from enriching uranium.

  • Nations that take illegal propaganda photos, crow about their seizure of American boats, confiscate part of their equipment, and then point to our allegedly admitted faults are flexing their muscles. I’m glad our sailors and boats are back in American hands — minus, apparently, their GPS equipment — but once again Iran has thumbed its nose at the U.S., demonstrating that it does what it wants — whether it’s testing missiles, launching rockets near U.S. warships, or taking, questioning, and photographing American sailors who (allegedly) stray into Iranian waters .Iran violates international law, and the United States thanks the jihadists for not doing worse. Our country is in the very best of hands.

  • Matt House

    Only allows about 300 kg to be retained at any given time. That is the key.

  • Humble

    Do you really believe they will not continue with their other, secret facilities, which our fellow travelor President would not stop, even if he knew.. and probably does. The American tradition and creed, to play fair and keep agreements, turns a blind eye to tyranical regimes and their promises. I know, our gov’t breaks promises, from native Americans to current times.. but our people believe in justice and honor.. wanting to believe, the serpent won’t bite..cause he promised.
    Regardless of all considerations.. we are the good guys, the leaders of Iran, who torture and murder dissenters, holding the Iranian people captive… are the bad guys. If you can’t see that.. look in the mirror and observe an educated, intellectually enhanced dummy.

  • Humble

    Israel will know when Iran finishes their on-going work on their bomb.. which they publicly pledge to immediately drop on Israel.. or when Israel is sure Iran already has their bomb.. Israel will have no choice, but to totally eliminate that imminent and ghastly threat… or they would surely perish.. they have no choice.. and when that happens.. the entire, world will turn against Israel.. as prophesied in the Old Testament. What then? … read Ezekiel 32 thru 38. Loks like it’s lining up.
    Tell me one Old Testament prophesy which has not come true. Worst of times may be just about upon us.
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  • Humble

    So naive.. the fox is guarding the henhouse, and you expect he will honor the rules. Smoke another one.

  • Humble

    Where have they shown mercy? Where have they allowed freedom? Where have they honored life, and joy and goodness?

    Choose wisely, and reject the ‘fad’ of supporting Islamic terrorists.

    No, this is not ‘Islamaphobia’ (what they call any resistance to their living hell).

    Your appeasement.. your blindness to the reality of it, and your attempts to equate this particular, astonishing evil, with vital attempts to stop it.. as all the same.. these are the real Islamaphobia.. your fear of violence.. your peculior, subtle death wish… these are the real Islamaphobia… killing the West.

    ..and they will not like or love you for it. They will not thank you, or join with you in the ‘peace and Love’ you hide behind… no, they will kill you.. soon as they can.
    Naive.. with a subtle death wish… intellectuals like you will sink this nation. Face the truth. We are at war. They will never relent.. they believe they are commanded to win at any price, to commit any atrocity for their warped ideology. Very sad for the many, very good Muslim people.

  • Matt House

    The attempts to stop it also have ulterior motives. And tend to come back and bite …….!!! If the Middle East was left to its own, maybe by now they would have killed each other off or perhaps maybe they would have been able to live with each other and refrain from coming over.

    You assume the aggression you perceive happened out of the blue and in a vacuum. Its actually the product of decades of nudging, demanding and forcing that it is our way or the highway. Do you think US should have stayed under British rule for ever as well? What is being done to the people of Middle east is 100 times worse. We are actually bombing and killing them year after year none stop. What is left is so contaminated with Depleted Uranium used in US armour that American soldiers refuse to go back to the areas previously shelled. Its a monumental human and environmental disaster that dare not speak its name on MSM. Veterans have to cope with the consequences however. Dead baby syndrome deformed births and high rates of cancer across the immediate families.Then I must be naive to notice this. I can guarantee you haven’t.

  • Matt House

    You obviously are unaware of actual arrangements and rely on Fox for your news. Check the IAEA web-site and get acquainted with facts, not just over-spun talking points that are meant to scare you. They are sure working on you. All the b++by shaking and leaning forward as they spout propaganda thinly disguised as news is what they say it is. Entertainment. Don’t get fooled into taking their word for it like some politicians that really ought to be better informed.

  • Matt House

    The bomb and Israel. Cool if Israel is on top of it then what is the worry.

    But the jibbering after about prophecies, listen I credit any of that as much as the star signs ones in the papers. Its your choice if you think they predict x or y. Then what is the big deal? It will happen as you say whatever we do so to will it on is really rather perverse and blasphemous ultimately. You think the all powerful God of bible is not able to deal with issues herself and needs us to help? What faith is this?

  • Humble

    Of course. Would be good to just get out, but regardless of the wrongs and rights.. they are now in our Country. Surely you don’t believe that the two devils in San Bernadino were the only ones with an apt full of bombs. However wrong we were, and still are.. we cannot let guilt allow us to be wiped out.
    They want to bring us down, kill many, and keep going. Remember, they were fighting and beheading and torturing before America was even formed. They did not even know they had oil. The West did not steal it.. we made them very wealthy, but that wealth was not shared with their people.
    If we want to survive, yes, we must change our ways, but yes, we must also stop them cold from destroyng within our borders.

  • Matt House

    The chain needs to be broken none the less. Confronting them there today means the problem will go on and on. You want a safe home and country, by your logic US needs to be in continuous war in the Middle East ad infinitum. Am I missing an obvious point? Or you just want the issue kept away from your life and the future generations be damned?

    If we had taken some sort of legal action against the idiots who were driving that war agenda based on doctored evidence, would have drawn most of the poison from the Iraqi victims, and there would be no Syrians, Libyans, Sudaneses etc etc intent on some justice. It would have also discouraged any future copycats. But has a single Neocon or media stooge so much as faced judgement let alone found guilty of any crime? That would to my mind drive victims mad!! Sad thing is the veterans of these wars are also victims of these ideologues, we all are truth be told!

    In all honesty, I am not a fan of putting ex-officials/ administrators on trial normally, but this one is beyond just our own wishes. The victims are not Americans alone and they hold EVERY American / Allied country responsible, as this democracy we keep championing would infer anyhow.

    Many in the highest positions of government at the time, as well as the British (ex-PM Tony Blair for example) one, and a number of figures in the media have a case to answer sooner or later. Because if justice is not seen to be done, the rot that permeates our lives today, will be here to stay. It has already distorted social norms nearly to breaking point. Would you in all conscience leave the past never to be analysed?

    I totally agree if anyone is intent on violence, (whether for revenge, hate or just pure madness) or even intent on changing ‘American life’ in any way at odds with the ‘Western way of life and values’, they will have to be brought to justice too and legally dealt with. Fairness and justice then demands that we should also review the actions taken by those in power as I said and anyone found to have intentionally committed US to an unnecessary war, should be punished, if only to signal the public’s genuine wish to stop anyone doing so again in all our names in the future.

    Someone surely is responsible for this whole debacle, if we don’t look for the guilty ones and take action, we become part of the same guilty mob.

  • Humble

    I rely on non of it.. I rely on life experience, and deep spiritual awareness. It is you who has eyes blind to the realities. Naive and arrogantly ‘educated’.. unable to face the truth of the world. Your ilk will kill America, and thus freedom in the world. Your ‘knowing’ is your blindness.

  • Humble

    It’s all the perfect plan unfolding. You were born with a certain nature. You cannot do nothing. You think, you write, and you do what seems right for you… all this is part of the perfect plan unfolding. God is neither male nor female.. both if anything. If you would bother to read parts of the dreaded Bible, you would find that every single prophesy of the Old Testament has come true, and what we see now developing, appears to be the coming about of the end times. I don’t see the world getting better.. but we all must try for the good.
    All religious fanaticism is against freedom and peace, but who sees a remedy?

  • Humble

    You assume many things which I have not written. Is it semi-dense, or a deflection of that which cannot be denied? Stop the Muslim invasion being conducted by our false leaders… and hunt down every violent jihadist within our borders. (according to the on-going pattern, you will now assail me for wanting to discriminate and punish all Muslims in America… note the words ‘violent Jihadists’). You lack deep insight, or are pushing some agenda. Skilled at subtle deceit, lacking sincerity or true discernment. I have no more time for you… seek some help.. in either case, you need it.

  • Gary Denton

    So you are so religiously deluded you believe God talks to you and you can misinterpret the Bible in ways that back you up because when it refers to events three thousand years ago they are in secret code that really refers to today’s events.
    Cool.

  • Gary Denton

    My deep spiritual and historical awareness show me your deluded ilk is destroying America and freedom and promoting ignorance.
    So we’re cool.