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This bug appeared in a news report published by USA Today on Aug 26, 2013 by Editorial Board. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Other

The media watchdog organization known as Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) cites an August 23 USA Today editorial making what the advocacy group says are “unsubstantiated assertions about Iran having a nuclear weapons program to advocate the bombing of Syria.”

The USA Today editorial says that holding back on bombing Syria “would demolish U.S. credibility, not just in Syria but also in Iran, which continues to pursue nuclear weapons despite repeated U.S. warnings.” It’s a bold statement to make, especially when USA Today hasn’t presented a shred of proof to back up its claim about nuclear weapons in the hands of Tehran.


Supporting Information:

IAEA report on Iran's adherence to the nuclear weapons non-proliferation treaty

Related MediaBug: All Things Not Considered (A Whiff of Evidence)


JT Cassidy has contacted USA Today

Bug History

Aug 30, 2013 5:17 am Open JT Cassidy
Aug 30, 2013 5:29 am Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Oct 31, 2013 9:01 am Closed: Unresolved admin

Discussion Leave a comment


Correction: This report states that "Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) cites an August 23 USA Today editorial." The date cited by FAIR was August 27, while the date on the online version of the editorial itself is August 26. How imprecise!

Also the FAIR article mentioned above is here: http://fair.org/take-action/action-alerts/getting-iran-wrong-by-way-of-syria/

Aug 30, 2013 5:33 am

Furthermore see: Considering Everything (@ http://www.opednews.com/articles/Considering-Everything-by-J-T-Cassidy-Media-News_Us-syria-Invasion_WMDs-130831-550.html)

Aug 31, 2013 8:21 pm