The New York Times Is Lying About Iran’s Nuclear Program

by Robert Nayman
Truthout
January 8, 2012

It’s deja vu all over again. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is trying to trick America into another catastrophic war with a Middle Eastern country on behalf of the Likud Party’s colonial ambitions, and The New York Times is lying about allegations that said country is developing “weapons of mass destruction.”

In an article attributed to Steven Erlanger on January 4 (“Europe Takes Bold Step Toward a Ban on Iranian Oil”), this paragraph appeared:

The threats from Iran, aimed both at the West and at Israel, combined with a recent assessment by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran’s nuclear program has a military objective, is becoming an important issue in the American presidential campaign. [my emphasis]

The claim that there is “a recent assessment by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran’s nuclear program has a military objective” is a lie.

As Washington Post Ombudsman Patrick Pexton noted on December 9:

But the IAEA report does not say Iran has a bomb, nor does it say it is building one, only that its multiyear effort pursuing nuclear technology is sophisticated and broad enough that it could be consistent with building a bomb.

Indeed, if you try now to find the offending paragraph on The New York Times web site, you can’t. They took it down. But there is no note, like there is supposed to be, acknowledging that they changed the article, and that there was something wrong with it before. Sneaky, huh?

But you can still find the original here.

Indeed, at this writing, if you go to The New York Times web site and search on the phrase “military objective,” the article pops right up. But if you open the article, the text is gone. But again, there is no explanatory note saying that they changed the text.

This is not an isolated example in the Times’ reporting. The very same day – January 4 – The New York Times published another article, attributed to Clifford Krauss (“Oil Price Would Skyrocket if Iran Closed the Strait of Hormuz “), that contained the following paragraph:

Various Iranian officials in recent weeks have said they would blockade the strait, which is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point, if the United States and Europe imposed a tight oil embargo on their country in an effort to thwart its development of nuclear weapons [my emphasis].

At this writing, that text is still on The New York Times web site.

Of course, referring to Iran’s “development of nuclear weapons” without qualification implies that it is a known fact that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. But it is not a known fact. It is an allegation. Indeed, when US officials are speaking publicly for the record, they say the opposite.

As Pexton noted on December 9:

This is what the US director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in March: “We continue to assess [that] Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that better position it to produce such weapons, should it choose to do so. We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons.

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7 Responses to The New York Times Is Lying About Iran’s Nuclear Program

  1. John Cocktossin says:

    real control

  2. John Cocktossin says:

    where is my comment ?

  3. John Cocktossin says:

    figures, who do we trust? I knew from the beginning it was about oil, all wars are about oil, it’s pretty sad that only a few on the planet get ALL the profits of God’s earth’s minerals. While the Whole work’s around it. the oil companies need to give back 1/2 their profits to the people, if they did that, there would be NO wars. plain and simple folks. Anyways it is what it is, no one can stop this and for New York Times to lie. They got threatened or paid.

    • Joyce says:

      NYT always lie. They always get paid. Just follow the money. Money and slime are synonomys. I’d rather starve to death than be one of ‘them’.

  4. Norman says:

    Perhaps they should rename the N.Y.T. as the Israeli Times. That way, there wouldn’t be any ambiguity in the matter. Israel has become the biggest hypocrite the world has ever known. Even worse that the U.S. war on terror.

    • Joyce says:

      They are the same…. evil is evil.. satans’ seed. Liars, deceivers, destroyers, murderers, rapists, .. any evil thing that mankind can devise in their twisted and perverted brain..
      A quote:
      The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

  5. Joyce says:

    There is enough truth to be found without reading everything the MSM has to say.. people would rather believe the lies than the truth, so let them. Irans Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has already stated in one of his speeches to the U.N., {if people REALLY wanted to search out the truth}, that Iran believes nukes are outdated. He stated that Iran would use Chemical Warfare.

    The last war on earth really is coming and Iran will win.. wait and see.

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