Accuracy in Media

More Democrats are falling in line to support the Iranian nuclear deal, despite recent revelations further exposing the farcical nature of the inspections regime on which it depends. And according to The New York Times, nearly everyone they talk about in this article who either is or might be opposing the deal is doing so because of their loyalty to Israel, or because they come from a state where “anti-Obama sentiments” are “feverish.” It’s never based on the merits. That’s only the people who support the deal, the article implies, and those who are voting with Obama. They are supposedly the principled ones, voting out of “optimism” or based on the merits of the deal. This line of attack is right out of the Obama playbook, blaming Israel and the Jews for opposition to Obama’s foreign policy legacy, which is truly a disaster in the making.

We pointed out many of the inherent problems in this deal last month, and listed many of the reasons it should be defeated in Congress. Even though, according to this AP article, “A congressional vote of disapproval would not prevent Obama from acting on his own to start putting the accord in place. While he probably would take some heavy criticism, this course would let him add the foreign policy breakthrough to his second-term list of accomplishments.”

This new push for Democratic endorsements for the deal comes at a time when the details of one of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) secret deals with Iran have gone public, and it becomes all the more apparent that Iran is not going to be held accountable for its past nuclear activities. It makes it all the more unlikely that Iran will face tough scrutiny from the international community, or the IAEA, under the framework’s proposed inspections regime.

The Associated Press and Fox News have reported that with the IAEA’s second of two secret side deals, Iran will, essentially, be allowed to inspect itself at Parchin. But these news outlets and others aren’t covering an equally important development.

IAEA director general Yukiya “Amano was in Washington recently to brief members of Congress and others about the recently inked nuclear accord,” reported Adam Kredo for The Washington Free Beacon on August 18. “However, he did not discuss the nature of side deals with Iran that the United States is not permitted to know about.”

“Iran apparently threatened Amano in a letter meant to ensure he did not reveal specific information about the nature of nuclear inspections going forward, according to Iranian AEOI [Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization] spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi,” reports Kredo.

Notably, many media outlets—including The New York Times and Washington Post—have not covered this threat against Amano. The Fox News and Associated Press articles covering the Parchin side deal do not mention Iran’s threatening letter.

Instead, the AP’s George Jahn gives the false impression that he broke news regarding the Parchin side deal with his August 19 article. Jahn labeled this a “revelation” that has “newly riled Republican lawmakers.” What was new was that the AP had actually seen the draft agreement, and reported based on that.

In reality, however,  Senators James Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) both had confronted administration officials about the IAEA’s secret deals with Iran in July during a Senate hearing.

“Parchin was designed and operated as an explosive testing place where they designed a detonation trigger for a nuclear weapon,” said Senator Risch during that July 23 hearing. “What you guys agreed to was, we can’t even take samples there. IAEA can’t take samples there. They’re going to be able to test by themselves. … How in the world can you have a nation like Iran doing their own testing?”

Senator Menendez later asked Secretary of State John Kerry whether this was true, and was told by the Secretary that he could neither confirm nor deny that assertion. It would be better to be fully briefed in a classified setting, Kerry said. But, “The IAEA has said that they are satisfied that they will be able to do this in a way that does not compromise their needs and that adequately gets the answers that they need,” Kerry asserted.

The Times dismissed this issue in its August 20 article, focusing instead on President Obama’s pro-deal letter to Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). Nadler endorsed the deal the next day.

Republicans have “pounced” on this news of inadequate enforcement, but “that issue involved a longstanding effort by the IAEA to complete a report on past Iranian efforts to develop a nuclear weapon, an important part of the international effort to pressure Iran,” argues Jonathan Weisman near the end of his article in the Times.

“It has little to do with verification of the nuclear accord between Iran and the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China,” he writes. “That verification regime is laid out in the actual nuclear accord and does not rely on Iran’s self-monitoring.”

If this side deal has little to do with the accord, then why list it within the framework in the first place? The deal requires Iran to work with the IAEA on “outstanding issues” as part of listed “transparency and confidence building measures.”

Iran, therefore, is under considerable pressure to appear to now be cooperating with the IAEA.

The Washington Examiner argues in an editorial that “Such an arrangement would give the Iranian regime effective control of the process, making inspections of this site a farce. If this is so, then the Obama administration has agreed to give Iran massive sanctions relief, amounting to $140 billion, in exchange for little more than promises that cannot be verified independently.”

Instead of increasing transparency, Iran has resorted to attempting to coerce its own inspectors. Rather than ignoring or downplaying this nation’s continued stonewalling, the mainstream media might want to reconsider their blind support for this flawed, unworkable deal.



Comments

  • John Cunningham

    This deal is going through. We can bitch and moan all we want. Just like ObamaCare, and Dodd Frank. Who ever becomes our next president especially if a Republican, will feel the brunt of all the nightmares Barack Obama has added to this Country. It is like in his eight years he has booby trapped America and it will never be the same again.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    According to the New York Times 75 percent of the Jewish voters , voted for Obama in the last election. So now the Democratic Party wants to start a campaign of public blubbering about how they like the Muslims better and how they want the Jews to leave America , It’s kind of the same back stabbing policy they’ve adopted with the blacks except they like the black people and they want them to stay here but their just going to give the illegals their jobs and health care funding and create programs of class warfare by giving the foreigners commercial and corporate loan advantages and by creating class warfare over overpopulated living space ! This way the blacks will vote for them and as their children lay dying out in the street they will be able to reach out to that gay lobby and know their loved and supported by their GOOD BUDDIES ! The Democratic Party !
    With the Muslims it’s more related to their impulse disorder that have evolved from their Pan Cultural experiences ! Their parents didn’t love them and they wanted them to love them and they felt inadequate in their adolescence environment so sub consciously their trying to tantamount the same pattern of public and self acceptance through the Muslim Community ! By gaining Muslim acceptance it validates their need to rectify their psychological stigmas and gain the validation they’ve been seeking for their entire life. This also sides to different from the standard American ideology by constantly acting in opposition of normal and standard to validate the same kind of acceptance through their lack of psychological maturity and the compulsive need to get everyone to reform to their odd perceptions of normal. Yes ! The Democratic Party Needs Help because that’s a pretty crap way to treat someone that hasn’t done anything but support you !

  • Sojourner

    Excellent article Roger!! When the demonrats sign off on this bill they should know that their names will be written forever as the conduit to the destruction of Israel and the U.S. The democrats are blind rats following the devil himself Obama, setting up Armageddon. Just as it is written in the bible, everything is playing out exactly in God’s timing.

  • joshuasweet

    is it treason yet?

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Seems like Iran has been being given special privilege in their nuclear program for decades by the U.S. and not been under the harsh and hardline scrutiny like North Korea has had to tolerate. Lee Lapin asked a Network Journalist named or cited as John Smith to write a article in The Whole Spy Catalog about the KGB and their fire sale and he stated that TWO NUCLEAR WARHEADS reached Iran from Kazahstan and that their was some trade in Red Mercury that brought up to 150,000 dollars an ounce. The article further stated that some of the Red Mercury stories were started by the U.S. in hopes of diffusing any sales but if the KGB sold it which I’m sure they did , Iran bought what they could, I’m sure ! . If you know any thing about Lee Lapin , he had that information thoroughly researched and verified before he would even consider allowing it to be printed and the up most respect for the author and his sources and ability to provide accurate information ! Iran would be more likely to use a Nuclear weapon than North Korea because of China’s ability to control their leaders and the simple factor is that Iran has oil and regional support for a doomsday scenario and North Korea has only the false hope in restoring Korea as a singular nation from a position of vast poverty.

  • RMThoughts

    The nuclear treaty with Iran is a no brainer. The American public support it, the world supports it, nuclear experts support it, all 5 nations who helped in the treaty negotiations support it, and any time a treaty limits the spread of nuclear weapons it is a good thing for all of humanity. Yet despite almost universal approval, it is having a very difficult time in the US Congress. No one has given a rational reason for the rejection of the treaty, simply because there isn’t one. The opponents are basing their arguments on irrational and untrue statements made to frighten the US public. At the risk of redundancy, not one logical or rational reason has been presented for rejection, yet opponents keep at it, with errors of omission, exaggeration, and outright lies. Those who want to reject the treaty, want a war between the US and Iran, and that is their purpose.

    Congress has sold itself out to one special interest group who represents a foreign nation at the expense of its own citizens. You, the citizenry, are being sacrificed for campaign contributions. That is not democracy

  • Pumpkin King

    LOL

  • Pumpkin King

    lol

  • Pumpkin King

    We leftists are NOT following the devil, those who follow the devil are the ones who seek war. “Blessed are the Peacemakes.” Leftists are the good ones.

  • Pumpkin King

    edied

  • Pumpkin King
  • John Cunningham

    Of course they are Pumpkin! Now go back to your little room at the end of the hall and play with your toys.

  • One Last Scream

    I bet that girl is his girlfriend. Something funny hit me.There are lots of bees in meadows.Now imagine a great big fat bee, like the ones you occasionally see in July flying around flowers, an extra big one. with a fat, fat stinger and a bulging body.You probably saw a few this year.Imagine this leftist chick standing there in the meadow ranting about how evil the Iraq War is or how wonderful the Iran deal is, and then imagine this really fat bee landing on her bare skin in the V area of her dress below her neck.How do think she would react?I don’t know why that picture came into my mind, it’s just so funny.

  • One Last Scream

    I bet that girl is his girlfriend. Something funny hit me.There are lots of bees in meadows.Now imagine a great big fat bee, like the ones you occasionally see in July flying around flowers, an extra big one. with a fat, fat stinger and a bulging body.You probably saw a few this year.Imagine this leftist chick standing there in the meadow ranting about how evil the Iraq War is or how wonderful the Iran deal is, and then imagine this really fat bee landing on her bare skin in the V area of her dress below her neck.How do think she would react?I don’t know why that picture came into my mind, it’s just so funny.

  • Pumpkin King

    Go play with your Trump

  • John Cunningham

    Probably this Guy is stalking this Girl and once she finds out he is using her likeness, she will have him arrested.

  • John Cunningham

    Go get help!

  • One Last Scream

    LOL! I don’t think it’s possible to be arrested for using someone’s likeness.

  • Pumpkin King

    You are delusional.

  • John Cunningham

    You can when you are using it exclusively. Compulsive Ignoramus Syndrome. I hear it’s fatal!

  • John Cunningham

    !!

  • One Last Scream

    I know they arrest journalists in the UK for taking pictures, but I read somewhere that in America you could only get sued if you were using a picture that was private. Anyway, this guy sounds like a idiot.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    As of today 15 percent of the West Bank is occupied by American citizens due to illegal American Exclusion polices and practices which is escalating the Muslim Community into a warlike atmosphere ! While 75 percent of the Jewish Voting Population voted for Obama. His lobby contended they wanted to stop the hate and give the people that hate them more than any one else in the world a nuclear bomb ! Their has to be some kind of lunacy laws in our government and each and every congressmen should openly act to impose them !

    I tell you what – I’ll charter a plane to Iran and fill it full of gay male couples and rent the entire Dariush Grand Hotel out for their stay where they can see a nuclear bomb go off in person ! Live ! First Person Perspective !

  • John Cunningham

    When idiot fits, you should have to wear it on your clothes.