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.
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.