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Spotted a Myth?

Questionable and outright bogus claims about the standoff between the U.S. and Iran are being reported in the news and echoed by politicians on a daily basis.  If you catch a newspaper, candidate, or national figure spinning a myth that needs to be corrected, report it here.
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Congress races to distort facts and kill Iran opening

At the UN this week, the world saw a very different exchange between the U.S. and Iran than in the past years. Iranian President Rouhani declared that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons and seeks to remove “mutual uncertainties with full transparency,” saying Iran “does not seek to increase tensions with the United States.” President Obama...

Fact checking your elected officials actually works

It always irks me when I hear someone refer to “Iran’s nuclear weapons program” as if it were some foregone conclusion that such a program even exists.  From what we usually hear in the media, you would think the entire international community somehow discovered Iranian scientists in white lab coats secretly assembling missiles with nuclear...

No, Iran is not enriching uranium to weapons grade

While Iran is producing low enriched uranium (LEU) at the 3.5% and 20% levels, it is not producing high enriched uranium (HEU) and is not enriching to weapons grade, widely considered to be 90%. On March 12, 2013 Senator Chuck Schumer, in a letter to his constituents, sought to defend his decision to support S.RES...

3 Facts to Note in 2013 Worldwide Threat Assessment Report

Almost ten years to the day of the foolish invasion of Iraq, the discrepancy that existed between the media description of the Iraqi threat and the non-manipulated assessment of the U.S. intelligence community is being seen again — but this time on Iran. Iran is often described in the media as irrational, suicidal and hell-bent...

Would a nuclear Iran pose an existential threat to the United States?

 Would a nuclear Iran pose an existential threat to the United States? Fact: Iran does not have the capability, nor is it approaching the capability, to pose an “existential threat” to the United States.   During the January 13, 2013, confirmation hearing considering the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, Senator...

Reuters Corrects False Claim Iran Enriching Weapons-Grade Uranium

In response to a request from NIAC, Reuters has corrected two articles containing inaccurate, misleading statements regarding Iran’s nuclear program. A December 6 article by Reuters claims, “Washington says Tehran is enriching uranium to levels that could be used in nuclear weapons.” And on December 10, Reuters wrote “The West suspects Iran is enriching uranium to levels that...

Update: AP Issues Clarification

Chalk up another win for media accountability. Thanks to everyone who took action at IranFact.org to call out the Associated Press for its misleading article, “Graph Suggests Iran Working on a Bomb,” we once again succeeded in stopping the pro-Iran war narrative in its tracks. Less than 24 hours after we issued our action alert demanding...

NIAC: Demand AP Clarify Warmongering Report

This week, the Associated Press (AP) ran an “exclusive” story claiming to uncover bombshell evidence in support of war with Iran. The evidence? A crude, hand drawn graph.

PBS NewsHour Corrects Claim that Iran Has a “Nuclear Weapons Program”

Yesterday, the PBS NewsHour posted a correction to a story in which it described Iran’s nuclear program as a “weapons program” – despite the assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community that Iran has not made the decision to build a nuclear weapon.  The remark by PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown had come under fire from the...

Wall Street Journal Corrects False Claims for War

In response to the letters sent through our Iran Fact Check program, last night The Wall Street Journal issued a rare, formal correction to its op-ed setting a deadline for the “crippling” of Iran’s economy and war with Iran.  In that op-ed, Reul Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz of the neoconservative “Foundation for Defense of...

FAIR: PBS Newshour Botches Basic Fact about Iran Dispute

The national media watchdog group, Fair and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), took the PBS Newshour to task yesterday for its reporting on Iran’s nuclear program:

NIAC: Tell the Wall Street Journal to Stop Distorting Facts to Sell War

Today, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) that promotes an outright distortion of the facts in order to argue for more crippling sanctions and potential military strikes on Iran. The authors–Reul Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz–claim that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspects...
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