Question: When is a media watchdog more like a clowning puppy?
Answer: When it’s only interested in its view being reported.
Example: “FAIR” (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting).
Actually, we hadn’t paid too much attention to the group until grabbed by its recent “Action Alert” encouraging readers to write to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and to USA Today, for daring to portray Iran’s nuclear program as ultimately geared toward weaponization. Their evidence to the contrary? Well, outgoing president Ahmadinejad and Rouhani his successor themselves said so. Really.
Never mind the IAEA’s recurring expressions of concern about the military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program. What’s the Agency when compared with FAIR’s counter-spin?
Turns out that FAIR has a history, and is firmly in lockstep with other media-aggressive advocates for Iran. Case in point: a few months ago it hooked up with Yousaf Butt trying to “prove” (again, never mind the IAEA) that Tehran is not expanding its nuclear program (huh?).
FAIR has it backwards when it writes:
“The recent elections in Iran may change some things – but inaccurate media depictions of Iran might not change much at all.”
Indeed, we have already noted in a previous post that Rouhani is an integral part of Iran’s inner circle and strategic decision-making process. He is a longstanding member of the Supreme National Security Council,where he served in recent years as the Supreme Leader’s personal representative and was involved in nuclear negotiations from 2003-2005.
What seems to not have changed are Iran’s plans for development of a nuclear weapon – whether under Ahmadinejad or Rouhani. MSNBC and USA Today merely reflected the gist of IAEA statements, and we applaud them for not being deterred by the FAIRs of this world.
Readers beware which media watchdog you follow.