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Why do the US media believe the worst about Iran?

• guardian.co.uk

"One of the oldest tricks in the run-up to a war is to spread terrifying stories of things that the enemy may be about to do. Government officials plant these tales, journalists water them and the public, for the most part, swallow them." I wrote this paragraph in December 2002, some three months before the US launched its invasion of Iraq, but it seems just as applicable today in relation to Iran.

The Iraq war of 2003 followed a long media build-up in which talk about Saddam Hussein's imaginary weapons of mass destruction, simply by virtue of its constant repetition, led many prominent journalists to abandon their critical faculties. The Washington Post, for instance, devoted an extraordinary 1,800 words to an extremely flimsy (but scary) story suggesting Iraq had supplied nerve gas to al-Qaida. The paper later conceded that its coverage of the Iraqi WMD issue had been seriously defective, but by then it was too late to undo the damage.

At the New York Times, meanwhile, star reporter Judith Miller was churning out more alarmist stuff about Iraq. One story concerned US attempts to stop Iraq importing atropine, a drug used for treating heart patients which is also an effective antidote against pesticide poisoning ... and nerve gas. There were various possible interpretations, but the implication of this tale, as presented by Miller, with assistance from anonymous official sources, was that Iraq not only possessed nerve gas but intended to use it and wanted to protect its own troops from the harmful effects.

 

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Anonymous
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@ Jackson, you give them too much credit.  They are conspiring racketeering criminal liars.  The same RICO web of monopolies that had President Lincoln, then President Kennedy murdered.  These thugs know what they are doing, and those at the bottom of the food chain are recruited for stupidity, vanity and corruptibility.

THEY WANT WHAT IRAN HAS.  Plain and simple.  And they use our money, while endangering our lives to accomplish their private-profiteering goals.

Comment by David Jackson
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 Short answer:  They are lazy, indolent, dishonorable, bought-and-paid dolts, who wouldn't know journalism or truth if it bit them - doesn't matter where, they are all ass! By pandiering to the "party line", they help assure their place in line amongst the spin doctors and propagandists in that morass of misinformation and lies that passes for government.

 


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