New York Post “journalist’s” not so reputable past.

The moment I spotted a New York post article headlined, “Obama tried to stall GI’s Iraq withdrawl,” my bullshit meter was on high alert. A little light research immediately brought up the writer’s past history of misinterpreting information and standing by stories not backed up by the facts.

The journalist in question, Amir Taheri contends that Barack Obama “tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence,” citing Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

According to Ben Smith of Politico, “An Obama aide accused Taheri of confusing the Status of Forces agreement with a Strategic Framework Agreement, for which Obama has pushed for congressional review.”

That the journalist would confuse anything seems to be in line with his less than reputable past.

In 2006, the National Post of Canada had to retract an article Taheri wrote claiming that Iranian parliament had passed a law requiring non-Muslims to wear clothing identifying their religion. Both Reuters and the Associated Press, or any other news agency who looked into the matter, could find any evidence of such a law even being proposed.

Taheri also accused Iran’s US ambassador Javad Zarif of participating in 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, even though Zarif was confirmed to be a teaching assistant at San Francisco State Univeristy at the same time. (via Wikipedia, which does cite sources on this, along with other instances where Taheri has been caught fabricating stories).

What makes this bothersome is that in spite of Taheri’s less than credible blackground, the New York Post, owned by the same parent company as Fox News, seems more than willing to print his material. Of course, don’t count on right wing bloggers to question the integrity of the journalist or to delve more deeply into the outrageous claims.

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2 responses to “New York Post “journalist’s” not so reputable past.

  1. Pingback: The Truth Behind The Lastest Crap In The Media: “Obama Tried To Stall GI’s Iraq Withdrawal” « Falling Into The Gap

  2. Tareri may have a credibility problem, but the claim that he confused ‘Status of Forces’ with ‘Strategic Framework’ makes no sense. The former has nothing to do with troop levels, while the latter does. In effect, the claim implies that, rather than discussing matters of troop juris prudence (a claim nobody is making), Obama was discussing troop levels and timing–thereby confirming the central contention rather than countering it.

    They would have better off claiming the confusion was reversed–that Obama was actually having an intellectual dialog about troop legal matters. Even if he is on record arguing against the legitimacy of agreements made by a lame-duck administration, it’s pretty startling for a senator/presidential candidate to weigh in on it during closed door meetings with Iraqi officials.

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