Saturday, October 1, 2011

Orwellian inversion

In a story about the Iranian government hosting an anti-Israel "conference" in Tehran, Reuters correspondents Ramin Mostafavi, Hashem Kalantari, Robin Pomeroy, and Alistair Lyon turn the world on its head:
As leader of a country under a long-standing threat of military action from Israel and the United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the Jewish state and its allies to expect "paralyzing blows" that a NATO missile shield could not prevent.
Note how the Reuters crew frame the potential for conflict as one where the US and Israel are threatening Iran and Iran is simply defending against that threat.  There is no mention whatsoever of the Iranian government's many precipitating threats, veiled and explicit, to see Israel annihilated.

Even a brief mention of Iran's nuclear program is deliberately misleading:
Iran is pursuing a nuclear program that the United States and Israel say aims to produce atomic bombs, a charge it denies.
This is a propaganda mantra appearing repeatedly in Reuters stories on the matter.  Of course, it is not merely the US and Israel that "say" Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons; it is the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency that has compiled extensive evidence of the same.

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