May 27, 2006

CNN - Worse than Al-Jazeera
— Tanker

The best blog on what is happening in Iraq continues to outpace the MSM by a mile. If three Sunni brothers in the heart of Baghdad can tell the truth, why can't the degenerates at CNN do the same?

Yesterday Iraq's and Iran's foreign ministers had a joint press conference in Baghdad after which the CNN ran a headline that reads "Iraqi minister defends Iranian nuclear program" and wrote:

Iran has a right to develop nuclear technology and the international community should drop its demands that Tehran prove it's not trying to build a nuclear weapon, Iraq's foreign minister said Friday.

"Iran doesn't claim that they want to obtain a nuclear weapon or a nuclear bomb, so there is no need that we ask them for any guarantee now," Hoshyar Zebari said after meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki.

And now for something completely different...

I wasn't there at the press conference but I was able to find an audio clip of the same part of minister Zibari's statement through Radio Sawa, and what he said here is so much different from what the CNN claimed he did (my translation):

We respect Iran's and every other nation's right to pursue nuclear technology for research purposes and peaceful use given they accept [giving] the internationally required guarantees that this will not lead to an armament race in the region…

Listening to the 2nd version of the story (in Zibari's own voice) it is clear that Iraq recognizes Iran's right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes exclusively and is moreover asking Iran for guarantees, not the other way around CNN!

Rot in hell Ted Turner, rot in hell.

Posted by: Tanker at 08:18 AM | Comments (11)
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1 Iran has a right to develop nuclear technology and the international community should drop its demands that Tehran prove it's not trying to build a nuclear weapon, Iraq's foreign minister said Friday.

Putting aside their distortion of what he said, this is a type of MSM writing that I particularly loathe: the writing of a long statement of opinion without quotes, and only tacking on ", ______ said" at the end of the statement to de-emphasize that it's not an objective fact but merely what somebody said.

A more honest way to write it would be to start the sentence with "_______ said that" and then put in the paraphrase of what the person said.

Posted by: Alex at May 27, 2006 08:48 AM (jQCkL)

2 My heart aches for the coming pain that is Iran. And the MSM is trying its damnedest to make sure to break the West's spirit.

Posted by: Greg at May 27, 2006 08:59 AM (zi7JH)

3 The msm is as much a threat to us as radical Islam - without its lies, distortions and omissions, our putative external enemies wouldn't stand a chance.

Posted by: max at May 27, 2006 09:19 AM (AyRZl)

4 Could cnn and the rest of the lame stream media possibly suck any more? And where are the usual lefties to defend the indefensible?

Posted by: nikkolai at May 27, 2006 09:35 AM (70wcC)

5 Could cnn and the rest of the lame stream media possibly suck any more?

Oh yea, it can get much worse. I have a feeling they're just getting warmed up. They'll be transitioning to full blown "Pravda mode" any time now.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at May 27, 2006 04:06 PM (gf5iT)

6 The CNN story noted that Iraq had said Iran's activities must be monitored by the international community.

Iraq the Model must've missed that.

Posted by: jpe at May 28, 2006 06:27 AM (jwk4E)

7 jpe,

Then what's with the headline? The west has been trying to hammer out an arrangement with Iran that would allow them a peaceful nuclear program for energy purposes only, meaning (among other things) cooperation with the IEAE. Iran has refused. Iraq now says that it supports Iran's pursuit of a peaceful nuclear program for energy purposes only, meaning cooperation with the IEAE. That doesn't sound like a defense of Iran's nuclear program to me - it sounds a lot more like Iraq wants what the west wants.

Posted by: anotheranon at May 28, 2006 06:47 AM (lbmO+)

8 More of the liberal one sided lies from the Communist News Network and Big Bad Wolf Blitzer

Posted by: spurwing plover at May 28, 2006 08:29 AM (TPwuq)

9 They're not even being subtle in their distortions anymore.

This means they feel they CAN get away with it no matter how much or often new media call'em on it.

We're entering a new phase.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at May 28, 2006 09:11 AM (gf5iT)

10 If BIN LADEN ever needed a propeganda maker he can count on CNN and Big Bad Wolf Blitzer

Posted by: spurwing plover at May 29, 2006 08:20 AM (D9h75)

11 They're not even being subtle in their distortions anymore.
This means they feel they CAN get away with it no matter how much or often new media call'em on it.

I don't really think it matters anymore domestically, take away CNN's institutional use, hospitals, airports, bus stations etc, and their viewership is close to zero. The international effects could be troubling though. How many foreign viewers get their whole frame about American views and politics through CNN?

Tob

Posted by: toby928 at May 29, 2006 09:49 AM (PD1tk)

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