Saturday, August 28, 2010

Reuters only cites the UN when it goose steps to Reuters drumbeat

Reuters loves to cite the United Nations and its myriad of departments, committees, agencies, and commissions.  That is, the news agency loves to cite the UN when the august body is passing resolutions or issuing findings that adhere to Reuters' peculiar political ideology and agenda.  When the UN is out of step with this agenda however, Reuters promptly punishes it with a cold shoulder, omitting any mention of the body in its stories.

Take for example, the hundreds of stories Reuters has published on Iran's nuclear program.  Last February, the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared that it had extensive evidence of Iran’s efforts to develop a nuclear warhead.  Yet whereas Reuters reported on this bombshell at the time (no pun intended), the news agency has since completely vanished the UNs finding:
The West suspects Iran is trying to build bombs under cover of a civilian nuclear program. Tehran denies this, saying it needs nuclear technology to generate power.
No mention at all of the UN and its authoritative position on the matter.  The objective evidence that Iran is seeking the bomb is thus suppressed and the question of Iran's nuclear activities reduced to one of he said/she said between Iran and "the West".

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