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 national media watchdog group Fair and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).
PBS corrected the mistake and posted the following note on its transcript:
EDITOR’S NOTE: This transcript has been updated to account for an error in the NewsHour’s broadcast reference to Iran’s widely suspected military ambitions in pursuing nuclear energy, despite Tehran’s assertions that its atomic efforts are entirely peaceful. We should have said that “Iran’s nuclear program has been a particular flashpoint.”