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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:04 AM

CNN Claims Iran Shot at a US Drone, Revealing the News Network's Mindset

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The $200+ million dollar RQ-170 Sentinel drone


CNN Claims Iran Shot at a US Drone, Revealing the News Network's Mindset
by Glenn Greenwald
Published on Thursday, November 8, 2012 by the Guardian/UK

Barbara Starr, CNN's Pentagon reporter (more accurately known as: the Pentagon's reporter at CNN), has an exciting exclusive today. Exclusively relying upon "three senior officials" in the Obama administration (all anonymous, needless to say), she claims that "two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week," while "the drone was in international airspace east of Kuwait . . . engaged in routine maritime surveillance." The drone was not hit, but, says CNN, "the incident raises fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes."

First things first: let us pause for a moment to extend our thoughts and prayers to this US drone. Although it was not physically injured, being shot at by the Iranians - while it was doing nothing other than peacefully minding its own business - must have been a very traumatic experience. I think I speak on behalf of everyone, regardless of political views, when I say that we all wish this brave hero a speedy recovery and hope it is back in full health soon, protecting our freedom.

The CNN report on this incident is revealing indeed. Every paragraph - literally - contains nothing but mindless summaries of the claims of US government officials. There is not an iota of skepticism about any of the assertions, including how this incident happened, what the drone was doing at the time, or where it took place. It is pure US government press release - literally; I defy anyone to identify any differences if the US government had issued its own press release directly rather than issuing it masquerading as a leaked CNN report.

Most notably, CNN does not even bother with the pretense of trying to include the claims of the Iranian government about what happened. There is no indication that the self-described news outlet even made an effort to contact Tehran to obtain their rendition of these events or even confirmation that it occurred. It simply regurgitates the accusations of anonymous US officials that Iran, with no provocation, out of the blue decided to shoot at a US drone in international airspace. (Although CNN does not mention it, last December Iran shot down a US drone which, it claims (and the US does not deny) was in Iranian air space).

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socialindependocrat Nov 2012 #5
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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:07 AM

1. Wishing the drone a speedy recovery, poor thing.

$200+million???

EACH????

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:11 AM

2. I think these things cost somewhere from $200~$240 a pop. n/t

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:18 AM

3. Greenwald didn't explain what happened either

Hot air from Brazil

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:36 AM

4. Why print what both sides say? They're bad men, we're good and true and noble and just and . . .

that poor frightened little drone being chased by those bad, bad fighter planes. Come here little drone, first we're going to give you a nice warm bath and then your favorite drone food, and then off to bed where you'll dream of growing up to be an armed Predator!

Good puppy.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:48 AM

5. If they're just observing couldn't they just use a Cessna with a news-cam attached?

I'll bet for $5000 they could get a really nice remote control plane
and a Nikon to do the job.

Why do these people think they can build a drone that costs $200M
and then argue not to cut the defence budget?

We deffinately live in two different worlds

Duh, feed the people or build a drone?
This is going to be a toughie!
Nope! Logic: If we don't build drones to protect our people
there will be no people to feed! Brilliant!

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Response to socialindependocrat (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:05 AM

6. Yes, with Gretchen Carlson and Steve Ducey on board!

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