Media Lying Machine About Iran

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Big Lies and deception are what establishment media consistently feature, especially on geopolitical issues — notably about nations on the US target list for transformation into vassal states.

Since the Trump regime began waging war on Iran by other means, mainly by illegal sanctions and propaganda disinformation, establishment media have been transmission agents for its Big Lies, failing to expose and debunk them, supporting its belligerent imperial agenda.

The same goes for nations partnered with Washington’s war on humanity, notably Britain, consistently serving its interests — notably its wars of aggression, support for apartheid Israel’s viciousness, and hostility toward nonbelligerent Iran.

For the second day, establishment media falsely accused Iran of attempting to seize a UK tanker in Gulf of Hormuz waters. No credible evidence suggests the claim. Tehran strongly denied it. Nothing disputes its authorities.

Iranian military ships include submarines, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, missile crafts, coastal patrol vessels, and others of varying size and purpose, used strictly for defensive purposes — not for aggression and other hostile actions like the US, NATO, and Israel operate.

Iranian vessels patrol the country’s offshore waters, its actions similar to how other nonbelligerent countries protect their coastal areas, operating legally, threatening no one.

According to NYT disinformation, reading like a UK or US regime press release, “Iranian boats on Thursday briefly tried to block passage of a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz (sic), Britain’s Defense Ministry said, in the latest sign that Tehran is seeking any possible pressure point it can exploit in its escalating confrontation with the West (sic).”

The above statement includes multiple bald-faced Big Lies — a NYT speciality.

The same goes for the neocon/CIA house organ Washington Post, saying “Britain says it thwarted Iranian vessels from interfering with its tanker in the Strait of Hormuz (sic).”

The Wall Street Journal ran the same disinformation report in its latest edition, falsely claiming Iran attempted to “block” a UK tanker.

No such interference occurred. Iran’s military rejected the phony claim, saying: “Patrols by the IRGC’s Navy vessels have been underway in the Persian Gulf based on current procedures and missions assigned to them with vigilance, precision and strength,” adding:

“In the past 24 hours (the timeframe of the latest fabricated incident), there has been no encounter with foreign ships, including (no) British ones.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif also debunked the false accusation, saying it’s an attempt to “cover up” weakness.

“(T)he British tanker has passed” through Strait of Hormuz without incident. False “claims (were) made (to) creat(e) tension and these claims have no value.”

Moon of Alabama (MoA) explained what the UK was likely up to in cahoots with the Trump regime, saying its tanker “turned off its AIS (transponder) signal during its passage through the Hormuz Strait.”

It “signals a ship’s type, speed and course,” especially important at night in high-traffic shipping lanes like Persian Gulf waters.

Even so, radar belonging to Iran and other area nations can track seaborne traffic. A vessel operating with its transponder turned off for any period of time raises an obvious red flag.

The tanker, “shadowed by a British frigate, was (likely) used as bait…probably (with) Royal Marines on board waiting for an Iranian attempt to seize the ship. Iran did not fall for it,” said MoA.

Its explanation is likely what the stunt was all about, aiming to entrap Iran in a hostile action its political and military authorities are too savvy to fall for.

Tehran is trying to resolve the unlawful UK seizure of its Grace 1 supertanker by legal means. Its authorities consistently follow international laws, norms, and standards in dealings with other nations — polar opposite how the US, Britain, and their rogue partners operate.

Iran intends doing nothing to give Trump regime hardliners red meat pretexts for attacking the country.

If hostilities erupt, they’ll be made in the USA, what naked aggression is all about, the supreme high crime against peace — a US, NATO, Israeli specialty.

A Final Comment

State Department press briefings make painful listening and reading. Its spokespersons specialize in disinformation and Big Lies.

On Thursday, spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus hyped the Big Lie discussed above, saying:

The Trump regime “condemns the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps navy’s attempt to unlawfully harass and interfere with the passage of the UK-flagged merchant vessel British Heritage yesterday near the Strait of Hormuz” — which didn’t happen.

“(M)align activities” are a US specialty, the same true for its imperial partners — not how the Islamic Republic operates.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.