Fact Checking

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...

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:

Distorting the Facts to Sell War and Sanctions in Wall Street Journal

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...

Iran Fact Check: Top 5 Myths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jamal Abdi Phone: 202-386-6408 Email: jabdi@niacouncil.org Iran and its nuclear program will undoubtedly feature prominently in tonight’s presidential debate on foreign policy.  However, pervasive myths, distortions, and oversimplifications continue to distort the debate on Iran.  To confront these myths, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), together with Just Foreign Policy, has launched...

Does Iran have fissile material for five nuclear weapons?

“When Barack Obama was elected, they had enough fissile material, nuclear material, to make one bomb. Now they have enough to make five.  They’re racing toward a nuclear weapon.” – Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan, October 11, 2012. Fact: Iran does not have any fissile nuclear material that could be used in a nuclear...

Netanyahu Takes Cheney’s Seat at Meet the Press

By Robert Naiman and Jamal Abdi If you happened to catch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Meet the Press this past Sunday, you may have thought you were watching a rerun from ten years ago. After all, it was September 2002–almost a decade ago to the day–that Dick Cheney went on Meet the Press to sell Americans a...
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