Media Fact Checkers: Stop Pretending to Fact Check Trump's Comments on Iran
A high level Iranian leader claimed that Obama handed out citizenship as a bribe to figures in the Iranian regime.
The Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, a senior cleric and member of parliament has claimed.
Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, who is chairman of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee and a member of its national security and foreign affairs committee, made the allegations during an interview with the country’s Etemad newspaper, cited by the country’s Fars News agency.
He claimed it was done as a favor to senior Iranian officials linked to President Hassan Rouhani, and he alleged the move sparked a competition among Iranian officials over whose children would benefit from the scheme.
He claimed that the deal was made during negotiations for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached in July 2015. President Trump announced in May that the U.S. would withdraw from the agreement.
Is this true or not? We don’t know for sure. But there is no way of fact checking short of launching a Mueller style investigation of the Iran Deal. Which it deserves far more than Russian hacking.
Media fact checking though doesn’t involve actual facts. And so there have been multiple fact checks pretending to fact check President Trump’s tweets about the story.
Dear media fact checking hacks,
1. President Trump didn’t originate this story. You’re not fact checking him. You’re fact checking the chairman of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee and a member of its national security and foreign affairs committee.
2. Repeatedly calling the FOX News story “dubious” is not fact checking. It’s as “dubious” as any story that relies on foreign sources. That’s what much of the media does in its foreign reporting.
3. Quoting Obama officials denying this disproves nothing. Not when Obama officials were repeatedly caught lying about the Iran Deal.
4. Looking at citizenship figures isn’t definitive either. An administration capable of smuggling a fortune in foreign currency on unmarked cargo planes to the Iranian regime could easily hide the relevant statistics within a bureaucracy that it controlled.
Do we know for sure that it happened? No. It’s a claim made by a high level Iranian official. You know, the guys that Obama insisted we had to trust not to go nuclear. Did you disprove it didn’t happen by spending 5 minutes emailing former Obama Iran Deal people? Nope.
If you want to disprove it, declassify and release all documents about the Iran Deal and all correspondence involving it. Then it’ll be disproven.
Right now all you’re doing is spinning for Iran and its Democrat allies as you’ve been doing since Day 1.