CNN AIRS 200 TIMES MORE ANTI-TRUMP PROPAGANDA THAN IRAN SCANDAL
Just 27 seconds of reporting on Obama’s Illegal $400 million to ‘state sponsor of terror’
Obama Paid $400 Million to Iran for 4 American Hostages. The $400 million was paid in foreign currency because any transaction with Iran in U.S. dollars is illegal under U.S. law. Sanctions also complicate Tehran’s access to global banks.
Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to European officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion “settlement”.
It was really, really wrong back when we thought Reagan may have done something similar. In fact the Iran Contra Affair is the biggest black mark on Reagan’s eight year career. It was on the evening news every night for years. Several investigations ensued and lasted several years, including those by the U.S. Congress and the three-person Tower Commission. Neither found any evidence that President Reagan himself knew of the extent of the multiple programs. And regardless, the sale of weapons to Iran was not deemed a criminal offense. But unrelated charges were brought against five individuals for their support of the Contras. In the end, fourteen administration officials were indicted, including then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Eleven convictions resulted, some of which were vacated on appeal.
But it’s all okay now because first black president. In fact, it’s now the Greatest Idea Ever. Ever! Thank God for President Barack Obama!
In Iran Contra, Reagan legally sold weapons to the Iranians that helped them avoid being defeated by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq — which had attacked Iran — as well as secured the release of several American hostages. The money raised by the arms sales was used to support the freedom-fighters in Nicaragua, who eventually overthrew the Communist dictatorship in that country and re-established democracy.
Needless to say, freeing American hostages, keeping Iran and Iraq weak by letting them fight each other rather than the West, and restoring democracy in Nicaragua deeply offended liberals.
As a result, liberals unleashed a massive, to use liberal terminology, McCarthy-like witch hunt in order to ensure that the U.S. would never again us the money of Islamofascist regimes to turn back a Communist revolution in Central America. A new law was passed. (the one Obama just violated).
Americans heard unending complaints from liberals about how evil it was that Reagan had actually achieved multiple foreign policy objectives at low cost. Of course, in pre-9/11 times, the liberals’ main concerns weren’t about Iran and Iraq, but about the horror of the failure of the Brezhnev doctrine, which basically said “once Communist, always Communist.”
While liberals claimed that the law was broken, the reality was that people like Col. Oliver North found a way to legally work around the laws passed by liberals to protect the murderous Communist regime in Nicaragua. This, of course, made the liberals even more upset — how dare Reagan actually promote democracy?
Similar liberals, if not the very same ones, are today telling Americans to move on past Benghazi, echoing Hillary Clinton’s words: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Only hours after news broke that the Obama administration sent $400 million in cash to Iran that coincided with the release of four American prisoners, a popular CNN news show dedicated nearly 200 times more coverage to controversies involving GOP nominee Donald Trump than to the breaking Obama-Iran revelations.
That’s according to a new report from the Media Research Center, which found CNN’s “New Day” devoted one hour, 24 minutes and 18 seconds to Trump chatter.
But the Wednesday morning newscast spent only 27 seconds reporting on Obama’s staggering sum sent to Iran, a state sponsor of terror.
And even that coverage failed to note that the White House sent the cash on “an unmarked cargo plane.”
The Wall Street Journal broke the story Tuesday, detailing what happened back in January while most Americans were focused on the release of the prisoners.
“The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward,” the story reads.
“Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland,” wrote reporters Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee.
“The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi,” they wrote.
Rather than offering its viewers a full report on the Iran payment, “New Day” focused on the ongoing exchange between Trump and Khizr Khan, the father of a slain Muslim U.S. soldier, NewsBusters reported. Reporters also focused on Trump’s non-endorsement of House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain.
“New Day” spent more than two minutes on Ivanka Trump’s statement on sexual harassment and another 23 seconds on the Trump University lawsuit.
Then the show dedicated more than three minutes of an interview with Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the Trump topics.
The program later continued with more Trump talk in a segment featuring former Trump campaign official Corey Lewandowski and New York Democratic Party official Christine Quinn.
Then additional coverage of the Khan dispute, calls for Trump to release his tax returns and more on reactions to Trump controversies.
But as for the issue of Obama’s payment to Iran, CNN’s “New Day” gave 27 seconds of air time for this report:
The White House insists there was no quid pro quo, but the Wall Street Journal’ reports that a secret $400 million payment to Iran coincided with the release in January of four Americans — three of them pictured here. They had been detained by Iran. A State Department spokesman says the money for Iran was related solely to the settlement of a suit dating back to a 1970s arms deal. He says those negotiations were completely separate from discussions about bringing the Americans home.