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Big Story diminishes Iranian absolution

Reported by Chrish - February 28, 2006

Today 2/28/06 on The Big Story the exoneration of Iran by the IAEA was relegated to a few sentences at the bottom of the hour, read by Uma Pemmaraju as one of the "other headlines making news" today. To put the network's priorities in perspective, the Anna Nicole Smith (Ms. Smith goes to Washington, Will She win billions or go bust?) segment by Megyn Kendall took up three minutes and Jane Skinner's interview with a sex-doctor (What women really want) warranted four and a half.

Iran's lack of nuclear weapon programs got thirty seconds.

With the graphic "Iran Nuke Showdown" behind her, Pemmaraju read

"Iran's Foreign Minister is saying that the UN's nuclear watchdog agency backs up Tehran's claim that it's not seeking to produce nuclear weapons. The Iranian leader is citing a report from that atomic agency; it says investigators have not revealed "any diversion of nuclear materials to nuclear weapons or any other nuclear explosive devices in Iran." However, the report also saying investigators have been unable to determine whether there are any undeclared nuclear materials or activities there.

Comment: Although the reporting was that there are no programs, the graphic was the same old warmongering one that infers that they have or are seeking to make weapons and there needs to be a shootout, er, showdown. The last sentence was necessary for viewers to maintain doubt, although it could reasonably be said about any country in the world.

As reported last week, US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton was shown through careful reading of the actual IAEA documents to be in error about the status of Iran. Today's fine print correction will go virtually unnoticed as the widespread opinion fostered by his well-covered interview and cheerfully amplified by the sheep-like corporate media suits the Bush administration's agenda so well.

As I noted before, mission accomplished.

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