Listen to the mainstream media on both ends — conservative and liberal — and the Iran nuclear deal is either the precursor to World War III or the agreement that will bring a comprehensive peace to a region that’s never known it.
Fox News this morning was having its usual fun blasting the “liberal mainstream media” for gushing all over the deal that seeks to block Iran’s ability to acquire a nuclear weapon. The caption on the screen as the “Fox and Friends” talking heads were blathering on noted “liberal bias” in the media’s coverage of the agreement. That stuff just slays me, given that Fox never recognizes its own conservative bias.
I’m not going to draw any firm conclusions about the deal just yet.
I remain cautiously hopeful that the deal will produce the desired result. One of the Obama administration talking points is that it “blocks all pathways” for Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. Israeli officials — led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — say it’s dangerous in the extreme, as it doesn’t prevent Iran from making mischief in the Middle East.
The economic sanctions? They’ll be lifted over time, giving Iran needed money to rebuild its shattered economy — which was made that way by the sanctions.
What if Iran cheats? What if the Iranians don’t do what they say? The sanctions return.
Is the deal perfect? No. Is it the disaster that congressional Republicans predict it will become? No.
The mainstream media — all of it all along the political spectrum — need to take a breath and listen intently to the debate that’s about to unfold.
Assuming, of course, that the debate isn’t overtaken by hysterical politicians.