In wake of Soleimani hit, one NYT reporter amplified Iranian propaganda
The journalist was by no means an isolated case. Iranian propaganda and propagandists managed to get air time on CNN, Yahoo, the NYT and Washington Post, among other outlets, and a fake American death toll that made headlines on MSNBC was actually sourced directly to Iranian media. Above it all though was New York Times reporter Farnaz Fassihi.
Considering the New York Times only bothers to lightly camouflage liberal talking points before printing them as hard news, nobody should be surprised they would print straight Iranian propaganda in the wake of the droning of Soleimani.
Even though the title oddly emphasizes “one NYT reporter,” the rest of the piece makes it clear this is a problem in the broader media too. It's just that Fassihi went way beyond the pale, even for the New York Times.
According to the Daily Caller, “Fassihi’s aggressive dissemination of Iranian messaging started almost immediately after the Jan. 2 strike that killed Soleimani,” adding further that “She began Jan. 3 by peddling ‘unconfirmed reports’ of ‘ballistic missiles hitting’ Ain Al-Assad, the largest U.S. military base. There was no attack at that time.”
The New York Times is at it again. This time, Tehran stenographer Farnaz Fassihi tells us Hassan Rouhani is Iran's "moderate president," He is taunting the U.S. in this quote and taking credit for retaliating in the Lockerbie bombing, which killed 190 Americans. Very moderate. pic.twitter.com/MeQgANeuYl— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) January 7, 2020
Same reporter also putting out Iranian propaganda provided to her by a “source”https://t.co/le80WNDULJ— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 3, 2020
All these accusations that I'm sympathizing with him or it's a eulogy is pure nonsense. People Google my body of work on Iran for the past 25 years to see how I've documented regime's human rights abuses & have been a victim myself.— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 4, 2020