Iran Expert Featured in New York Times and on CNN Was Secretly on Regime's Payroll: Federal Indictment (Note: We Wonder Who Pays Better, Iran or China?)
“'Since at least 2007 to the present, Afrasiabi has also been secretly employed by the Iranian government and paid by Iranian diplomats assigned to the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in New York City (IMUN). Afrasiabi has been paid approximately $265,000 in checks drawn on the IMUN’s official bank accounts since 2007 and has received health insurance through the IMUN’s employee health benefit plans since at least 2011.'
The press release said that while employed by the Iranian UN mission, Afrasiabi 'authored articles and opinion pieces espousing the Iranian government’s position.'" More here.
CNN's "Dirty Little Secret:" Network Waits 'til After Trump Loss to Admit He's Been Tough on Russia, After Reporting the Opposite for Years
"CNN’s Fareed Zakaria recently acknowledged 'the dirty little secret' that the Trump administration 'was pretty tough on the Russians. They armed Ukraine, they armed the Poles. They extended NATO operations and exercises in ways that even the Obama Administration had not done. They maintained the sanctions.'
In other words, much of the network’s programming since 2016 has been false and misleading. Now they tell us!" notes the Wall Street Journal. See the report here (may require paywall).
Having Trouble Keeping Track of All the Legacy Media's Mistakes, Bias, Spikes, Prevarications and Suppressions from 2020? See PJ Media's Top 10 Here.
#4: Slandering Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech: "On the Fourth of July, President Donald Trump gave a magnificent speech defending America from the false attacks of Marxist critical race theory that inspired the destructive riots this summer. Legacy media outlets condemned the speech, even spreading outright lies about it. 'Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message,' screams Annie Karni’s headline at the Times. 'Trump tries to drag America backward on a very different July 4th,' wrote CNN’s Maeve Reston.
Others told blatant lies about the speech, perhaps hoping that no one would check the text online.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) claimed that Trump 'spent all his time talking about dead traitors,' suggesting he praised the Confederacy. Trump’s speech does not praise one single “traitor” or a member of the Confederacy. Yet The Hill approvingly quoted Duckworth’s lie, and CNN claimed that Trump 'defended Confederate monuments,' even though he did not once mention the 'Confederacy,' Robert E. Lee, or any other Confederate figure." Read the other nine here.
They "often involve the Gray Lady’s self-flagellation over a doozy of a mistake..."
The most recent doozy-of-a-correction involves an award-winning 2018 podcast call "Caliphate," which the Times flogged as an example of the paper's devotion to in-depth reporting and accuracy -- until, after denials and deflections by some of the paper's staff, the main source for the podcast was exposed as what the Times top editor called a "fabulist."
"The bizarre episode is important because it helps illustrate what has happened to the Times since it abandoned its standards of fairness and accuracy to pursue a far-left political and cultural agenda. While the ritualistic repentance in this case seems sincere, it is also designed to create the impression that everything else the paper publishes can be trusted. Nonsense," says NY Post columnist and former Times reporter Michael Goodwin, who lists other examples of high-profile but inaccurate reporting by the paper. Read the story here...
NBC News: Yes, Hunter Biden Is Now Under Federal Investigation, But Claims Against Him Prior to Election (When He Was Also Under Investigation) Were "Baseless"
"It’s now clear that the Hunter Biden story was real, with Hunter himself acknowledging a federal probe into his taxes — one that reportedly began in 2018. Really, it was always clear. Yet when the New York Post broke the details, virtually the entire journalistic establishment and left-wing punditsphere defamed the newspaper, claiming it was passing on Russian “disinformation” or partisan fabrications." Read the piece here.
Worth remembering that criminal investigation of Biden was confirmed before the election; media and social media ignored, denied and suppressed the story...
Unlike Other Knowledge Industries, the News Media Refuse to Deal with Major Misses: "The media’s failure to report that Donald Trump might well win the 2016 election is a debacle for America’s intelligentsia on the order of the 2008 mortgage crisis and 2003 Iraq WMD 'slam dunk.' These fiascoes all stemmed from 'knowledge management organizations' rotted with intellectual bias, groupthink, and perverse incentives. All three featured decision-makers and intellectual cheerleaders from similar social and educational milieus. Yet only the mainstream media have so far evaded tangible consequences, or real self-assessment, for their historic stumble." Read the report here.