Accuracy in Media

The White House is in full damage control mode after deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told the New York Times magazine that he used the media and “beltway insiders” to create an “echo chamber” to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the public.

On Friday White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the White House didn’t purposely mislead the public, and that reports to the contrary are just “sour grapes” from opponents of the Iran deal:

“I haven’t seen anybody produce any evidence that that’s the case. I recognize there might be some people who are disappointed that they did not succeed in killing the Iran deal and maybe these unfounded claims are the result of sour grapes. The truth is, the administration, under the direction of the President, engaged in an aggressive campaign to make a strong case to the American people that the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon enhanced the national security of the United States.”

That “aggressive campaign” apparently included taking advantage of what Rhodes said was an inexperienced press corps:

“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus. Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

Earnest was still in denial mode during Monday’s White House press briefing as he defended Rhodes:

“I recognize that there is an attempt by those who either lied or got it wrong to re-litigate this fight. But time and time again, the critics of the deal have been wrong. I think that is an indication that our attempts to protect the agreement were rooted in fact. And that’s what Ben wanted to reiterate in his piece.”

All of Earnest’s defense of the White House’s tactics seemingly came undone when he had the following exchange with Fox News White House correspondent Kevin Corke:

Corke: Can you state categorically that no senior official in this administration has ever lied publicly about any aspect of the Iran nuclear deal?

Earnest: No, Kevin.

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  • RMThoughts

    Israel’s concern over Iran’s nuclear program is simply the psychologically potent but practically insignificant pretext for action, reaction, and drama.

    The main object of Israel’s foreign policy as practiced by Benjamin Netanyahu, is to preclude US and European rapprochement with Iran. If peace breaks out in the Middle, Iran, its markets, and its oil would quickly become remarkably popular with Western governments and investors. In that case, the focus of unwelcome attention would shift away from the mad mullahs of Tehran to the bigots in Tel Aviv, with their creepy crypto-apartheid state, their undeclared nuclear arsenal, and their violent and unilateral overt and covert security policies that destabilize the entire Middle East.

    The motor force of Israeli foreign and domestic policy is their drive for unchallenged regional supremacy: Military dominance through wars, territorial occupation, brutal armed interventions, extra territorial political assassinations of opponents and favorable one-sided treaties. To ensure its unquestioned dominance Israel has developed the only nuclear weapons arsenal and largest missile launch capacity in the region and has openly declared its willingness to use nuclearweapons against regional rivals. Israel’s repeated mantra that it faces an ‘existential threat’ from its Arab neighbors and subjugated Palestinians has no factual basis.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Building public support is exactly what presidents, corporations, etc., etc., do. There is nothing bad about it.The Iran deal is a perfect example of this.

    Lying is exactly what Republican presidents do. The Iraq war is a perfect example of this.

    See the difference?

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Stands and applauds. Very well said.

  • ExcellentJim

    My, you have a One-Sided view of Israeli Foreign policy. However, Israel’s warnings that Iran’s Main Goal is the complete and utter destruction of Israel is NOT fantasy. Iran’s Leaders have stated that Many, Many times. Their Actions also prove their intent.

    However, your entire last paragraph is fiction. Your characterization or Israel’s Military dominance through “wars, territorial occupation, brutal armed interventions, extra territorial political assassinations of opponents and favorable one-sided treaties” has NO basis in Fact. What wars? What territory is Israel occupying? You sound like just another “educated” blow-hard with no idea of truth.

  • ExcellentJim

    I see the difference – The Iraq war was a Justified action taken against a Dictator who had Stockpiled Weapons of Mass Destruction and was Killing all those opposed to his actions. On, I know – you agree with the other Children – you don’t believe he had WMD’s. But, after Hundreds of News reports and Eye-witness statements to the contrary (from Military sources and Journalists), You have been proven Wrong.

    So, the Republican President – did NOT lie. And the Iraq war was Necessary. A war we Easily WON; until the Democrats screwed it up and Snatched Defeat from the jaws of Victory!

  • IronChefSandwiches

    You have been effectively brainwashed by the propaganda. There were no WMDs in Iraq. Your “Hundreds of News reports” (sic) is nothing of the sort. It’s a few obvious lies made up to look like news. Pull your head out of the right wing noise machine and learn something. Un-f-ing-believable.

  • RMThoughts

    The full quote translated directly to English:

    “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”.

    Many pious Jews would agree with that affirmation.

  • Sally Smith

    Of course Obama lied about Iran – he lies about everything!

    There’s a new book out about Obama which documents his lies. It’s called “1,202 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.”

    You can buy it at

  • Sally Smith

    1,202 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.

  • Jerry

    Obama and his Government in every aspect has lied on Everything. He will go down in History as a pathological Liar for a Terrorist President in America


    Well the headline alone screams, ‘we lie all the time’. because there is no deal. Never was. Nothing was signed, congress okayed nothing, Obama has no power to make a deal on his own. There is no deal. Israel has every right to occupy the land it now occupies because the British had no right to ‘give’ it to the Arabs who claim it’s theirs. Palestine was an area, not a country, so no one was invaded, no land was stolen, The fact that the Muslims had to make up a magical way of making a claim to a temple mound that their leader had never physically set foot on really says something about these people. And just FYI, Islam is a violent movement, nothing really religious about it. It’s a bunch of gibberish about killing everyone who disagrees with them and making slaves out of women, that’s why it appeals mostly to young men that women ignore and no one takes seriously.

  • Blue

    Lies and fraud is a democratic way of life all democrats practice it on a daily basis. Truth would have every democrat in office in jail. Starting with the President and everyone under his command. Hilary Clinton would be jailed for breaking so many federal laws she would be doing 100 years for her crimes. But with the aid of fools and a even dumber media we have the worst of the worst for President followed by his band of fools defended by more fools. There is no hope for a country that defends lies, fraud, greed, and murder. Obama chimed that drones made him a better killer. Just say the word and people die. Nice thought for a country that is suppose to be setting and example to the world.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Name ONE crime. ONE. But be careful. I’m asking for an actual crime that either of them actually committed. You can’t. Because they didn’t. You’re a fool and a blithering idiot. You, personally, and all like you, are the reason we are laughed at.

  • Vicky O’Dell

    Don’t include people you don’t know, speak for yourself.

  • OF COURSE THE WHITE HOUSE DENIES that they(Meaning Obama, Kerry et al) duped the media in the Iran deal! What do you expect of them other than that?! Obama and Kerry engineered a deal where Iran can produce nuclear weapons!! Take notice of how the deal simply lays out a timeline that essentially permists Iran to produce them later(Not too much later!) than sooner! Under Obama’s administration America’s has been beaten down to nearly a Third World Nation and still falling! Obama should be tried for treason….NOW!!

  • RMThoughtless…What planet did you descend from in order to get to earth?! Either your mind is demented(Logical conclusion) or you simply do not know the history of Israel and the Arabs(Muslims)! Dear God, how can anyone on earth be so unaware(or demented in thought) to believe any part of your last paragraph! And what makes you think that Iran will ever be a part of a peace process? Or any of the other Muslim countries?

  • A lie is fiction of course, but a lie is so twisted and corrupt that it goes far beyond fiction! That paragraph you refer to most definitely qualifies as a lie of evil fiction!

  • My, RM Thoughtless, do you actually think that an Imam will ever say anything that would benefit the Israelies? Or that they want o do anything but “wipe Israel off the face of the earth”?! The land that Israel and most of the Arab/Muslim nations occupy was given to Israel by Almighty God! Read Genesis 12 and see God’s description of the land HE GAVE TO THEM!

  • Really IronChief?! The Iran deal is not perfect for America! It is abundantly helpful to Iran and the other Muslim nations though!

  • RMThoughts

    Matthew 23:37, Matthew 27:25, Mark 11:12-25, Romans 11:23, Revelation 2:9 are also important.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Did I say it was perfect? No. It ends the Iranian push for nuclear weapons. Good for everyone. And it lifts some of the economic sanctions that had been in place for decades. Good for Iran. See? This is called diplomacy and negotiation. It’s how grown ups do things.

  • RMThoughts

    To cast Muslims as the ‘enemy’ of Jews is distortion of history. Judaism resembles Islam in theology, structure and rituals far more than with Christianity. Historically, the Muslims treated the Jews fairly and humanely. Unlike in Europe where the Jews were hounded and ruthlessly persecuted, the Muslim rulers didn’t consider the Jews as infidels and were not proselytized. The Jews lived manifestly better in Muslim societies when compared with their stay within the Christian wor

  • AARGH63

    WH doing what WH does best…lie.

  • ExcellentJim

    “You have been effectively brainwashed by the propaganda” You’re Funny – NOT!

    I’ll say this One More Time – There WERE WMD’s in Iraq! I saw them, I reported them, I helped Transport them, I helped Destroy some of them. News Media hid this information, until ISIS found the Chemical Weapons cache we Left because they were too dangerous to move.

    What part of that do you not understand?

    I can post several clips of the MEDIA reporting on the WMD’s Found in Iraq; even the “Yellow-Cake Uranium” everyone said did not exist. Just Google “WMD’s in Iraq”

  • ExcellentJim
  • IronChefSandwiches

    You’re funny. Four sources full of right wing lies and nonsense…and THAT one interests me as it isn’t a source of right wing propaganda, like the others. If you’d bothered to read the counterpunch piece, you’d see that the first two “crimes” the author accuses Obama of involve NOT prosecuting the Bush 2 administration for their war crimes. The rest involve Obama’s use of drones, personnel, etc. in his prosecution of our anti-terrorism efforts.

    Of course, when right wing nut jobs accuse the president of “crimes”, these are NOT the things they’re talking about.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    True or false…there were operational weapons that posed an imminent threat to the US. False

    True or false…there were stockpiles of weapons payloads left over from when WE SOLD THEM TO IRAQ that were sitting around collecting dust and were IN NO WAY a danger to anyone except for grunts like you who had to dispose of them. True.

    If you can’t see the difference between old materials left rotting in storage and an active cache of operational weapons, then I don’t know what more there is to say to you.

    The Cheney administration wanted to invade Iraq as early as the first Gulf War. He, and the other neocon morons, believed that if Iraq fell it would turn into a Democratic, capitalist country. Middle East experts told him he was an idiot, and he was. He was told that deposing Hussein would lead to civil war and a huge disruption in the stability of the entire Middle East. They were correct. AND, finally, they F-ing LIED about the whole thing and are continuing to lie about it to this day. Pull your head out and think for once.

  • ExcellentJim

    The problem here is – I WAS THERE and YOU WERE NOT. You answered your own questions incorrectly. The first one is TRUE and the second one is FALSE!

    As for your last paragraph – it’s complete B.S. There has NEVER even been a Cheney administration – STUPID. You don’t know what Cheney wanted or what he was told. You have ZERO knowledge of the Facts. The Intelligence teams of EVERY one of our allies stated Iraq still had WMD’s (Because he DID) and ALL of congress and the UN saw the reports; not just from the U.S., but from Germany, UK, France, and even Russia, that said WMD’s were still in Iraq. The Inspector’s reports ALL said that. It was only After the start of the war that Hans Changed his mind and said he had no reason to think they still had them.

    However, you completely ignore all the media reports that have shown that Iraq DID, and still does, have WMD’s before, during, and after the war.

    “Pull your head out and think for once.” You should really try your own advice. EVERYTHING you Think about Iraq is a LIE – Everything! You clearly have an agenda and refuse to acknowledge Truth. I, on the other hand, was THERE!

    I know you won’t be convinced – you’re Locked into your Opinion. But at the same time, I can’t just ignore what I SAW and what I KNOW because someone like you wants to spread Lies without even knowing any of the Facts.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Sigh. I was ignoring you because you were claiming knowledge of things that never happened/didn’t exist. Humor me. Show me the vast reportage in the media of the WMDs found in Iraq. I’ll be here waiting. Oh, and do NOT use right wing moron sites like AIM, Breitbart, etc. Use actual journalistic entities.

    PS George W. Bush was a puppet. Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld ran the country for 8 years. Along with Rove. Bush exercised and took naps.

  • ExcellentJim

    Just how can you claim things never happened/didn’t exist? Kinda funny how you think YOU are the expert. I did this for a living and I was Very Good at it. You’re pathetic attempt to dismiss Truth is below childish. These reports were Official and, although Secret at the time, have been leaked by Multiple sources.

    So, here are just a few of the media reports that I easily found with a Google search. I omitted the ones you would call “right wing” just to be Civil.

  • ExcellentJim

    Sorry, can’t get that first link to copy correctly.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Holy God in heaven. First off, you should probably read these pieces before making a fool of yourself. I admitted 12 posts ago that they had the raw materials. What they DIDN’T have were actual weapons that posed an immediate threat to the US or US interests. That is an easily proven fact, and its backed up by the three linked articles that I just read through.

    And finally, if you really believe that the Washington Times, NY Post and freaking AREN’T right wing outlets, there’s really no helping you.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Yeah. I couldn’t open it either. No worries. The others proved me right.

  • ExcellentJim

    You really should see a doctor – the other links proved you WRONG. Get a Grip.

  • ExcellentJim

    See, what you dismiss so easily is that the plans and buildup for the invasion of Iraq took place in 2002. At THAT TIME, those weapons built in the ’90s WERE A CURRENT THREAT to the US. Sure, after sitting in the desert since then, they’ve become unstable and even unusable. But the truth is – BUSH DID NOT LIE. Remember, that’s what we are discussing here. Now go away Little Boy; This is a place for Adults to hold discussions.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    No. He lied. Cheney lied. Rice lied. Rumsfeld lied. Etc. Etc.

    The plans for the invasion started the day Rumsfeld took over. The Neocons had wanted to depose Hussein since the Iraqis were driven out of Kuwait. They just needed a “reason”.

    They told the American public that Iraq was a massive threat to American lives. That was a bald faced lie. “Mushroom cloud”. Lie. “Large amounts of yellow cake uranium.” Lie. (Although they had a little. They hadn’t acquired any in a long time. “Hussein was involved with 9/11.” Lie.