Financial Times corrects false claim about Bennett’s view of Iran Deal

An op-ed by the Financial Times Editorial Board on efforts by the US and other countries to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran (“The FT View: The shadows hanging over the Middle East”, Jan. 10) erred in the following paragraph:

As we noted in an email to editors objecting to their claim that Bennett opposes “any deal”, late last month he was quoted by Associated Press as saying he didn’t automatically oppose a deal that might emerge between Iran and the world powers, and that he would certainly support a good deal.

Our complaint was promptly upheld and the sentence revised to accurately reflect the position of Israel’s prime minister:

The original mistake is telling, as it represents the tendency by some media outlets to paint Israel – and not Iran – as the more belligerent party.  In fact, on Dec. 31, the Financial Times published “FT writers’ predictions for the world in 2022”, which included this by Andrew England, warning of Israeli aggression:

England is the Financial Times‘ Middle East editor.

For a good recent analysis on such media myth-making about the current Iran Deal talks, see this op-ed by our colleague Sean Durns.

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