The Associated Press raised eyebrows by asserting the effectiveness of the 2015 Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran.
On Thursday, the AP published a story about Iran admitting to “enriching uranium to 84% purity for the first time” as part of its weapons program, a foreign policy challenge for multiple presidencies. The regime’s uranium development is critical to its nuclear capability.
But it went beyond just reporting the facts.
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“The admission by a news website linked to the highest reaches of the Iranian theocracy renews pressure on the West to address Tehran’s program, which was part of the 2015 nuclear deal from which America unilaterally withdrew in 2018, ” wrote the AP.
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“Years of attacks across the Middle East have followed,” the AP said, linking to another AP story from early February about an Israeli drone strike on an Iranian military facility.
There has been political division for years over whether President Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal slowed Iran’s nuclear program, which Republicans have always argued it did not. The lack of access and transparency regarding Iran’s facilities has always clouded the debate.
The Trump administration eventually pulled out of the deal in 2018. The Biden administration tried to renegotiate the deal but President Biden suggested as late as December that talks with Iran are “dead.”
Critics on social media accused the AP of “rewriting history” using “Democratic talking points.”
“This is why it is not okay to talk about ‘bias’ in journalism. Bias is when you write a news story that is supposed to be objective but you let your personal opinions seep in . This is different. It’s something in between Democrat talking points and rewriting history,” replied Omri Ceren, national security adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
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“Who does not fondly remember the famous Middle East of our youth?” National Review senior writer Noah Rothman asked jokingly.
Others were more blunt in their criticism, calling it “propaganda.”
The AP did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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