Monday, April 6, 2015

FOX Manages Rightwing Thoughts and Deeds: Unfair and Unbalanced

The Sky is Falling: Obama is a Failure; Iran Nuke Deal Sucks; DEMS Hate Acorns

Conservatives Trash Iran Deal Framework That Experts Call “A Very Convincing Agreement”

A few examples from the piece in this short summary:

Conservative media figures are lashing out against tentative framework for a historic deal on Iran's nuclear program as a surrender to Tehran while ignoring the widespread approval among diplomats, foreign relations, and nuclear weapons policy experts of the agreement between the United States and five other nations (P5+1) aimed at limiting Iranian nuclear ambitions and production and thus spread of nuclear weapons in the volatile ME…”

Mr. Obama’s announcement on April 2, 1015, in part: The key parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program, which “reflect the significant progress that has been made toward ensuring the continued pursuit of a peaceful nuclear program in Iran through a strategy of inspections for 25 years, limiting enrichment capacity for 10 years and reducing their nuclear stockpile by 97 percent. These parameters are meant to form the foundation" of a final JCPOA to be written and agreed upon by June 30, 2015.” [The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 4/2/15]

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said: It's a good deal because it has “Cut Off Iran's Path to a Nuclear Weapons Program.”  She stressed that by setting up an international inspection program and stalling Iranian uranium and plutonium enrichment processes, the deal “accomplished what was wanted.”  [MSNBC, Morning Joe4/3/15]

Former Bush-era Ambassador and State Undersecretary, Nicholas Burns: We've got the entire world with us ... President Obama sas done very well.  Burns applauded the nuclear framework as “a sensible step forward toward reducing Iran as a nuclear threat,” and noted that “we  have got the entire world with us in pursuit of this nuclear framework, and that President Obama has done very well to forge ahead with a process that stalled during the Bush administration.” [MSNBC, Morning Joe4/3/15]

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Fellow, Michael Levi: Elements of deal surprisingly Strong.  Levi described the nuclear limits as “particularly those on the Iranian supply chain, in the deal as surprisingly strong and significant. [Council on Foreign Relations, 4/2/15]

Nuclear Proliferation Expert, Aaron Stein: If final deal adheres to this framework, it will be excellent. Stein is both a nuclear proliferation and Middle East expert at the Royal United Services Institute. He added that he would give it an “A rating” because of “the inspections and transparency.” [Vox, 4/2/15]

Director of East Asia Nonproliferation Center, Jeffrey Lewis: Inspection provisions amazing. Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at Middlebury's Monterey (Calif) Institute of International Studies added: that the “inspections and transparency on the rotors, and the bellows, and the uranium mines is more than I ever thought would be in this agreement.”  [Vox, 4/2/15]

Ploughshares President, Joe Cirincione: This is a very convincing agreement and will likely find broad support.  Cirincione concluded that is a very convincing agreement, and will likely find broad support among national security professionals. [MSNBC, 4/2/15]

Then from various rightwing nitwits, et al:

The National Review says: Nuclear deal is a surrender to Tehran.  In that April 2 editorial they also claim that President Obama “wanted a deal with Iran so badly that he accepted a truly awful bargain,” then went on claim that President Obama's “zeal for an agreement at any cost forced the United States and its international partners to cave in to Iranian demands on nearly every substantive point.” Then they demanded that Congress “do everything it can to scuttle it.” [National Review Online, 4/2/15]

FOX’s Sean Hannity describes the deal as capitulation. On the April 2 edition of his FOX program, Hannity described the framework as “Munich 2.” [Fox News, Hannity4/2/15]

FOX’s Greg Gutfeld said Obama met Iranian demands on bended knee. On the April 2 edition of The Five, Gutfeld claimed Iran had “forced the US "to the table,” and that President Obama's “longing for legacy” meant he had simply figured out the other guy's needs and met them on bended knee.” [Fox News, The Five4/2/15]  

FOX’s Jonah Goldberg said Iran deal is a disaster and terrible. On the April 2 edition of Special Report, Fox contributor Goldberg also described the deal, while a political success for the president, was disastrous.” [Fox News, Special Report4/2/15

FOX’s Zez Chafets calls Iran deal dangerous step in wrong direction. In an opinion piece published at Fox, Chafets slammed the deal as “a triumph of diplo-babble designed to conceal the real intentions of its framers and was a dangerous step in the wrong direction.” [Fox, 4/2/15]

Washington Times (the Rev. Moon rag), Wesley Pruden said everything about the so-called deal with Iran ... is a lie.  In an April 2 op-ed, Pruden denounced the agreement framework, claiming “everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie,” and then he attacked Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama for “enabling Iran to continue its pursuit of nuclear weapons while purposefully diminishing the power and influence of the United States.” [The Washington Times4/2/15]

The Rightwing via FOX: working hard to insult, degrade, and undermine everything decent and just in the country, one broadcast at a time.

1 comment:

Dan Francis said...

Great article well done.