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You say reported, I say referred

Reported by Chrish - February 14, 2006

Uma Pemmaraju reported the "other headlines" at the bottom of the hour during The Big Story today 2/14/06. Squeezed in between multiple segments on the Cheney shooting and the Entwhistle double-murder case were a few piecesof interest.

Pemmaraju reported that Iran has resumed enrichment processing of small amounts of uranium, which could be used in weapons, although Iran denies that is their intent. She said the situation has been reported to the UN Security Council.

Last week the US Ambassador to the UN was on several shows on FOX to state for the record that Iran had been referred to the UNSC. We should expect Bolton to have the facts correct as he is president of the UNSC for the month of February. David Asman interviewed John Bolton, which aired on both The Big Story and Studio B, as reported by myself and Donna respectively :


David Asman: Some have said that Iran had just been reported to the Security Council and that that's very different from a referral to the Security Council. What do you say?

John Bolton: The language that the IAEA used is exactly the language in the statute of that organization. This is what we've been trying to do for quite some number of years, now. It's entirely consistent with what the IAEA did on Libya and North Korea, other cases of nuclear weapons programs. So, we're very clear the IAEA has done the necessary.

DA: So, you're confident that what has happened is that Iran has been referred to the Security Council?

JB: That's correct and we've circulated all the documents, the resolutions and the reports as the IAEA, itself, asked for.

Pemmaraju's use of the word "reported" further clouds an issue which needs to be crystal clear. If it is a material difference then a reputable news channel should determine the right word and stick with it.

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