AP Outdoes Itself with Horrid Iran Reporting

by Kevin Jon Heller

I’ve been meaning to discuss the AP’s recent claim that an obviously fraudulent graph provided to it by an unnamed country (almost certainly Israel) proves that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. As is often the case, however, Glenn Greenwald beat me to it.

If the AP were capable of shame, it would immediately retract the story, apologize to its readers, and engage in some profound soul-searching about its willingness to be played by a country that it openly admitted in its story was “critical of Iran’s atomic program.” Instead, this has been the sum total of its reply to its critics: “We continue to report this story.”

That reply should be amended: “The AP continues to inaccurately report this fraudulent story.” Yellow journalism at its worst.

http://opiniojuris.org/2012/11/29/ap-outdoes-itself-with-horrid-iran-reporting/

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