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US mainstream media is contributing to rising risk of war with Iran

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The U.S. mainstream press and television networks are committing media malpractice and contributing to the rising risk of an American war with Iran. 

* The cable TV networks are almost completely ignoring the Trump administration’s threatening moves, which could end in either a violent accident or a deliberate attack by Israel, America, or both. Instead, CNN and MSNBC continue covering Russiagate, ad nauseum. 

* U.S. print media is also mostly ignoring the story, except to take dictation from Pentagon sources without doing independent reporting.

* The pundits, with one exception, are also still silent.

* The minimal coverage continues to leave out Israel, even though anyone who has followed the region knows that Benjamin Netanyahu has instigated the U.S. to attack Iran for the past decade, and he even addressed the U.S. Congress in 2015 to try and sabotage the now-dead Iran nuclear deal.

* Not everyone is as incompetent as the U.S. mainstream. The Economist, the British conservative publication, put the threat of war in Iran on its cover this week, and warns editorially that “America’s accusations that Iran has been planning to attack American forces or its allies in the Middle East are suspiciously unspecific.”  

How the New York Times is covering US-Iran relations . . .
How the New York Times is covering US-Iran relations . . .

Today’s New York Times news report is a disgrace to the journalism profession. The bias shines right through in the headline: “Pentagon Builds Deterrent Force Against Possible Attack from Iran.” It would be considerably more accurate to say, “U.S. Escalates Its Already Massive Military Presence Surrounding Iran, Intending to Provoke an Iranian Attack.” The Times report is sourced to anonymous “American and allied spy services.”  (Why the paper doesn’t say “Israeli” instead of “allied” is an interesting question.) The article continues with vague anonymous innuendo suggesting Iran is “encouraging attacks by Iranian-backed terrorist groups on American forces and bases in the Middle East.” “A Pentagon official” also said the U.S. has detected that Iran is carrying out “anomalous naval activity” in the area.

One phrase in the Times article inadvertently gives away the whole fraud: “. . . the United States developed new information last weekend. . . ”  

. . . and how the Economist is covering it.
. . . and how the Economist is covering it.

No Iranian officials are interviewed. The Times did not consult any of the established experts on Iran: no Trita Parsi, no Flynt or Hillary Mann Leverett, no Barbara Slavin. Trump’s bellicose national security adviser John Bolton, who still thinks the 2003 Iraq invasion was a good idea, could have written the Times article himself. (The Economist — not the American media — pointed out that in 2015 Bolton published an Op-Ed piece in the Times entitled, “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”)

And where are the U.S. opinion writers? So far, silence — with the single exception of David Ignatius in the Washington Post, and his column gave too much credence to “U.S. officials” and failed to mention the Israel angle. Why are Thomas Friedman, Jeffrey Goldberg and the other discredited cheerleaders for the 2003 invasion of Iraq not saying anything? 

What’s more, as The Economist points out, even if the U.S. is just saber-rattling and has no plan to attack, the risk of a dangerous accident is on the rise. So far, no one in the U.S. media has reminded Americans about the tragedy on July 3, 1988, when the USS Vincennes, a warship in the Persian Gulf, by mistake shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, (which was in Iranian airspace) killing all 290 people on board, including 66 children. The consequences of another such accident could be catastrophic.  

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No surprise at all. The US media helped the Bush administration sell the Iraq war, and was also used by Dick Cheney for fear mongering, so why should we expect any different? No thanks to the lunatic in the WH, we may be in a very precarious situation, maybe on the brink of war with N. Korea, or Iran, all it takes is a false flag situation (especially by our greatest “ally” in the ME),… Read more »

You need to go to alternate media to even know Bolton & Adelson types are doing all they can to get the US to attack Iran. Here’s an example of what mainstream media is not saying: US And Israel Are Manufacturing An Iran War & US Actions In Venezuela Ar… https://youtu.be/VlPKciFiYmU via @YouTube

Curious as the why Jon Huntsnan, Jr., Ambassador of the United States to Russia, is on the bridge of an aircraft carrier (your headline photo).

Cause for optimism? (Much to Adelson and Netanyahu’s chagrin.) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/air-carrier-gulf-target-threat-iran-commander-190512201027254.html Al Jazeera, May 12/19 EXCERPT: ‘Psychological war’ “William Fallon, former commander of the US Central Command, told Al Jazeera he did not expect the situation between Iran and the US to escalate despite ‘the media hype.’ “Fallon said tensions between Tehran and Washington had been ongoing for decades and he saw no serious outcome despite the recent heated rhetoric from both sides. “‘Ridiculous reporting’ was… Read more »

Bravo. US news sources repress the story of Netanyahu’s efforts to bring yet another catastrophe to the Middle East, at fantastic cost to the American people. How many trillions of dollars did his idiotic invasion of Iraq cost the US?