Fair Action Alert: PBS and Iran's "Nuclear Weapons"

24 October 2012Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

In an October 22 discussion of the foreign policy presidential debate, the PBS NewsHour‘s Jeffrey Brown stated that “Iran‘s nuclear weapons program has been a particular flash point.”

A few weeks earlier (10/5/12) on the NewsHour, Ray Suarez said that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez had 

continued to thwart American efforts on a range of international issues, such as Washington’s attempt to convince Iran‘s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to halt his country’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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CBS, Panetta and (Hypothetical) Iranian Nukes

21 December 2011 — Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

The Monday broadcast of CBS Evening News (12/19/11) began with big news, with anchor Scott Pelley announcing:

The secretary of Defense says tonight that the United States will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. In an interview with CBS News, Leon Panetta says that despite efforts to disrupt their nuclear program, the Iranians have reached a point where they can assemble a bomb in a year or potentially less.

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