Saturday, October 02, 2010
Another Example of US Media Lies
Were you there at the UN General Assembly to listen to Ahmadinejad? Probably not. Do you understand Farsi enabling you to listen to Ahmadinejad's speech broadcasted from several Farsi radio and TV channels? Probably not. Is the Internet your primary source of information and news? Probably yes. When you see news flashes on the Internet do you read the whole stories? Probably not; like most people you probably only read the heading or at best the lead of the story. So, if you had a passing interest in Ahmadineja's speech at the UN, you would read the following lead of the New York Times of September 24.
UNITED NATIONS — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran made a series of incendiary remarks in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, notably the claim that the United States orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks to rescue its declining economy, to reassert its weakening grip on the Middle East and to save Israel.
After reading the above you would, like most Americans, shake your head in disbelief, call Ahmadinejad a stupid person, and close the book on him.
You won't know that a day later NY Times published the following correction:
Correction: September 25, 2010
A headline on Friday with an article about an incendiary speech in the United Nations General Assembly by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran summarized his remarks about the Sept. 11 terror attacks incorrectly. In his speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad asserted various theories about the origin of the attacks, including the possibility that they had been planned by the United States. He did not say that the United States had planned the attacks.
Even the above correction needs further correction. Listen to Ahmadinejad's speech yourself. He is saying there are three theories regarding 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"In his speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad asserted various theories about the origin of the attacks, including the possibility that they had been planned by the United States. He did not say that the United States had planned the attacks."
The above sentence of the correction still has an insidious spin to it.
It tells you how responsible the US media is, and how much trust you can put in the large US newspapers.