Report: Iran Deal Surrogate Gave NPR Thousands of Dollars to Provide Coverage

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: May 21, 2016 11:30 AM
Report: Iran Deal Surrogate Gave NPR Thousands of Dollars to Provide Coverage

Earlier this month we found out how the Obama White House knowingly misled the American public to gain support for the nuclear Iran deal. Indeed, the Iranians were not as moderate as Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes suggested. 

That's not all. Now, reports have surfaced indicating that some Iran Deal surrogates were funding the media to provide coverage for the nuclear agreement. The Ploughshares Fund, for instance, shelled out $100,000 to NPR.

The Ploughshares grant to NPR supported "national security reporting that emphasizes the themes of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and budgets, Iran's nuclear program, international nuclear security topics and U.S. policy toward nuclear security," according to Ploughshares' 2015 annual report, recently published online.

Ploughshares spokeswoman Jennifer Abrahamson argued it is not unusual for foundations to fund media for "underreported stories." 

Underreported? Really?

The more we hear about the shady behind-the-scenes dealings of the White House's nuclear agreement with Iran, the more outraged we should become. Even before these media funding reports came out, Americans were wary of the deal. In August, a Quinnipiac poll found that the public opposed it by almost 30 points. The White House even had a hard time finding support for the agreement in the liberal hotbed of New York City.

Middle East experts issued several warnings against the ill-fated nuclear negotiations. A political analyst I met in Israel in March said the deal exposed an incompetence within the administration and has injured America's image as a superpower.

Well, now we know we also have the media to thank for helping push through a disastrous and dangerous deal.