Top 10 Misreported or Underreported Stories of 2015

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As the year draws to a close, we like to highlight some of the American media’s worst abuses that occurred during the past year. We have picked 10 stories for which there were general narratives presented by the mainstream media—narratives that ignored the larger truths to be gleaned from these stories. In other cases, the media missed the story altogether. We easily could have picked many more that meet those criteria, but arbitrarily chose to look at 10, in no particular order.

  1. The Fake Iran Agreement
  2. Global Warming Deal
  3. Obamacare’s Ongoing Failures
  4. Ignoring Benghazi Revelations
  5. Blame Gun Control Laws or the Attacker?
  6. The Islamic State
  7. Obama’s Cybersecurity Failures
  8. Vetting Hillary Clinton
  9. Skewed GOP Primaries
  10. Securing our Skies

1. The Fake Iran Agreement

In July the mainstream media celebrated a deal between Iran and the P5+1 that would provide Iran with sanctions relief along with virtually no accountability. Today, the administration, along with their lapdogs in the press, continues to argue that this somehow adds up to a good deal for the world.

It doesn’t. In fact, there really is no deal at all. The New York Times and other news organizations still call this a “signed” deal. It isn’t. Julia Frifield, the State Department Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, wrote in a November 19 letter to Republican Representative Mike Pompeo (KS) that “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document.” She added that “The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose—and ramp up—our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments.”

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Such farcical arguments expose the deal as a sham. Case in point: in both October and November Iran tested a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, in violation of United Nations resolutions. In addition, Iran was asked by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide its own samples from theParchin military site. CNN portrayed the IAEA’s inspection of Parchin as alandmark victory, although the inspectors entered an empty facility containing no equipment. The fact is that this deal, for all intents and purposes, can be interpreted by the Iranians as whatever they want it to be.

In a December 28 article, The New York Times cited an Iranian shipment of low-enriched uranium to Russia as “one of the biggest achievements in [President Obama’s] foreign policy record…” As we demonstrated in a recent article, this “achievement” is, in fact, a dangerous hoax in which the Obama administration and the Iranian mullahs are equally invested.

Here is what the December 28 Times article says: “Iran is still disassembling centrifuges, which enrich uranium, and disabling a plutonium reactor, among other steps that are required under the nuclear agreement struck in July.”

Besides the fact that no deal was “struck,” meaning signed, this is what the Iranian foreign minister said about those two issues, from a recent New Yorker magazine interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif that I linked to in my recent article:

NEW YORKER: Where does the Iran nuclear deal stand? What is your timetable to complete steps pledged in dismantling part of the program?

IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF: We’re not dismantling anything. We are uninstalling some centrifuges and reconstructing the Arak reactor, modernizing it…

In other words, Iran lies and deceives in order to collect their frozen assets—estimated to be $100 billion-plus—and keep on violating virtually every significant aspect of the so-called “agreement,” while Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry go along with it and claim it as a great victory for their legacy. Even The Washington Post acknowledges how cynical the whole process is, while The New York Times continues as a propaganda organ of the Obama administration. This is the same administration that, as Politico pointed out, “counts ‘bringing peace’ to Syria a 2015 win.”

2. Global Warming Deal

At the conclusion of the COP (Conference of Parties) 21 conference in Paris, the international community was reenergized to fight climate change—with calls to commit $100 billion annually to a slush fund for poorer countries. This bribe, or ransom, money aligns well with the President’s plan to boost his legacy at the expense of our country. He can claim that he did something to conquer climate change.

“This agreement does not require submission to the Senate because of the way it is structured,” a senior administration official told CNN. “The targets aren’t binding.” In other words, President Obama need not submit yet another piece of his unilateral, intrusive agenda of change to Congress.

The Republican-led House passed two resolutions rejecting the administration’s onerous EPA regulations on coal plants following President Obama’s climate change speech. These resolutions will be vetoed, according to CNN. But the focus of the media remains on countering skeptics, boosting unsustainable alternative energies, and, yes, claiming that industrialization cools the earth. Yet, according to the International Business Times, this “new research does not contradict the effects of carbon dioxide on global warming…”

For the climate change believers in the press, nothing can contradict the religion of global warming; their theory is based on politicized science and computer models, as we have argued for decades. This administration claims that it is the greatest national security threat we face. But it is Islamic jihadist expansion andterrorism, not climate change, that is a much greater threat. Not to mention, a resurgent Russia and an increasingly aggressive China.

3. Obamacare’s Continued Fiasco

Obamacare’s fiascos have never ceased, even if mainstream outlets choose not to cover this legislation’s resounding failures. When news broke that MIT economistJonathan Gruber’s email exchanges with the White House amounted to at least 20,000 pages, this revelation was met with a near complete blackout by the mainstream media. But when King v. Burwell, a case which could have struck a crippling blow to Obamacare, went before the Supreme Court, the media misled the public and policymakers about this constitutional challenge, claiming it would cause eight million Americans to lose their coverage. The New York Times falsely cast the words “established by the state” as a drafting error, although that phrase occurs 10 times in the text of the healthcare law.

The mainstream media’s complicit reporting gave the Supreme Court Justices the cover necessary to claim that “The combination of no tax credits and an ineffective coverage requirement could well push a State’s individual insurance market into a death spiral.” Therefore, anything that challenges the law’s proper functioning could not be the original intention of lawmakers: “It is implausible that Congress meant the Act to operate in this manner.” It is no wonder that Justice Antonin Scalia condemned his colleagues’ majority ruling as creating “SCOTUScare.”

Despite the Supreme Court’s efforts to keep Obamacare alive, parts of the law continue to fail average Americans. “Out of the 23 co-ops largely funded through Obamacare by federal loans, 12 will no longer offer policies after this year,”reports Politifact. Co-ops are a “new type of private nonprofit health insurer” created by Obamacare, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Politifact found that “co-ops fared significantly worse than the U.S. average, failing at a rate that is about 40 percent faster than is typical.” In other words, co-ops must be added to the list of Obamacare failures following narrow networks, high deductibles, and rising premiums.

4. Ignoring Benghazi Revelations

Several Benghazi revelations have surfaced in 2015, and Accuracy in Media’sCitizens’ Commission on Benghazi has been on top of them all. The CCB’s 2014 Interim Report has been proven correct in every sense. For example, it was confirmed that Hillary Clinton refused to take a phone call from Muammar Qaddafi’s son at a time that the war in Libya could have been prevented. And there is confirmation that Hillary Clinton was aware of the arms shipments to al-Qaeda related groups in Libya, which she denied at the October 22nd hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi. Also, it turned out that the State Departmentreceived more than 600 requests for increased security in Libya that Clinton claimed she was unaware of. The list goes on.

Not only do the media deliberately ignore the fact that Benghazi remains a liability for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, many reporters also contend that the Select Committee on Benghazi investigation is a waste of resources. “The media now complain that the mission of the Select Committee on Benghazi has become overbroad, wasteful, and doesn’t focus on the attack,” we reported back in July. “Yet many in the media focused on the cost of this investigation, and Democrat accusations that it is wasteful and duplicative, even when the Committee was narrowly focusing on the attack.”

“But for the media, it’s old news and hardly worth a mention,” we wrote. “Their tactic is, whenever possible, to repeat assertions by various administration supporters that the Benghazi investigation is a partisan witch hunt.”

America has now learned that then-Secretary of State Clinton sent an email to her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, attributing the Benghazi attacks to al Qaeda. She alsocontacted the Egyptian Prime Minister and said, “It was a planned attack, not a protest…Based on the information we saw today, we believe that the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al-Qaeda.” Secretary Clinton similarly told the Libyan president that the attacks could be attributed to Ansar al Sharia. In the meantime, the administration continued publicly blaming a YouTube video for the attacks. Mrs. Clinton also now denies that she told the families of the victims that the government would arrest Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker, for his role in the attacks.

No further evidence is necessary to expose President Obama and former Secretary Clinton’s ties to the Benghazi cover-up. But the media are wrong to condemn this as a phony scandal simply because reporters want this embarrassing fiasco to stop plaguing their favorite presidential candidate.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Roger Aronoff
Roger Aronoff is the Editor of Accuracy in Media. He has produced and directed six documentaries including “Confronting Iraq: Conflict and Hope,” “The Clinton Legacy,” “TWA 800: The Search for the Truth” and “Fighting Words: A Tale of How Liberals Created Neoconservatism,” which aired on numerous PBS stations. In 2009 he produced a weekly public affairs show on PBS called “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.” Aronoff is a founding member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi.

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