Donnerstag, 13. Oktober 2011

DER SPIEGEL—Most Ridiculous Media Bias of the Day

The leading German weekly Der SPIEGEL ran a story today with the somewhat revealing title USA räumen Ungereimtheiten bei Iran-Komplott ein, which roughly translates to “United States concedes to inconsistencies in Iranian assassination plot”.

Its media bias because:
1) The article makes it look as if the U.S. presented a case that it now has to walk back, acknowledging to faults when it first presented the case. That is simply false. The entire affair was made public when Attorney General Eric Holder held a press conference. Anyone watching it had to realise just how careful he was not to make it sound like the political leadership of Iran knew about the plot. He repeatedly said, I am paraphrasing here, that the plot was supervised by an entity belonging to the government of Iran (i.e. the Quds forces). He never said that it was ordered by the Iranian government, by Ahmadinejad or Khamenei. In fact, when he was pressed on the issue, he repeatedly pointed out that that was beyond the scope of the investigation. There, my dear editors from Der SPIEGEL, is nothing to walk back upon.
2) Der SPIEGEL quotes an unnamed expert as saying that it is a rather unlikely pattern to have come from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. I have no idea, who they are quoting here, but it sounds like the exact translation of what Evan Kohlmann said on MSNBC's Hardball last night. But he never doubted the case the government has made so far.

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