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New York Times Acts As Iranian Mouthpiece

Par for the course at the publication.

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Anybody who is aware of American media trends knows the New York Times ceased being a news publication decades ago and has since been a propaganda vehicle for the hard left. So it is no great surprise that they have been reduced to bowing low to the terrorist theocracy in Tehran. What do they have in common? They both hate America.

FNC: “The New York Times was accused of ‘carrying water for Iran’ over the weekend for echoing the nation’s talking point that its ‘nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes’ after the leader of Tehran’s military nuclear program was killed in a shooting. State TV on Friday cited sources confirming the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was dubbed the leader of Tehran’s military nuclear program until it was ended in the early 2000s. ‘Iranian officials, who have always maintained that their nuclear ambitions are for peaceful purposes, not weapons, expressed fury and vowed revenge over the assassination, calling it an act of terrorism and warmongering,’ the New York Times World tweeted from its verified account to accompany an article headlined ‘Gunmen Assassinate Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Provoking New Crisis.’ ”

Human rights attorney Arsen Ostrovsky responded, “NY Times, ‘Paper of Record’ for … the #Iran regime.”

“What was once the self-styled newspaper of record is now just a well-funded left-wing blog, relentlessly hostile to America and Israel, and always ready to propagandize for their enemies,” said Senator Tom Cotton,  Republican of Arkansas.

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Journalist Shiri Moshe said, “Iranian officials also maintain that their regime doesn’t subjugate women or massacre political dissidents — is the NYT going to prominently and uncritically feature those lies in their coverage as well?”

Meanwhile, the Iranian regime hears the clock ticking towards the Biden administration and  new terrorist opportunities. President Hassan Rouhani insisted that “this brutal assassination shows that our enemies are passing through anxious weeks, weeks that they feel their pressure era is coming to an end and the global conditions are changing.”

Analysts believe the Iranians may stay their hand, for now. “The calculation is that the Iranians are unlikely to respond now because they want to preserve the option for future talks due to the economic problems of the country,” Jason Brodsky, the policy director for United Against a Nuclear Iran (UNAI), told FNC. “Nevertheless, the assassination could impact the political debate in Iran in the near-term, further weakening Rouhani’s already eroded domestic political standing.”

Echoing this publication, FNC tells of a source who confirms Israeli dread over the incoming American administration. “According to one well-placed source connected to the White House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, there is a deep sense of uncertainty emanating from Israel – and Iran’s other formidable enemy Saudi Arabia – over the incoming Biden administration and the high potential it will endeavor to re-enter the controversial 2015 Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.”

“Israel is opposed to the 2015 Iran nuclear framework deal, abandoned by Trump, and its restoration under the incoming Biden administration. Accordingly, this was a pre-emptive strike at the heart of the Iranian nuclear weapon’s program and its chief architect,’ said John Wood, a defense and nuclear analyst. ‘There is no doubt that the attack will slow down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, but it will not end it.’ ” No it won’t. Israel and Donald Trump know only a coordinated air/ground/cyber attack launched in the next six weeks can do that.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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