White House Affiliated Group Gave NPR $100,000 to Promote Iran Deal – Which They Did
Guest post by Aleister
It has already been widely reported that Obama’s foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes, a failed fiction writer with no foreign policy credentials, lied to congress and the media to help pass Obama’s awful Iran Deal.
Now it comes to light that a White House surrogate group gave National Public Radio, a notoriously liberal organization, $100,000 to “help” it report on the deal.
In one segment NPR defended the Iranian regime saying it was unlikely Iran would go on foreign spending spree.
The Associated Press reported:
Group that helped sell Iran nuke deal also funded media
A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group’s annual report. It also funded reporters and partnerships with other news outlets.
The Ploughshares Fund’s mission is to “build a safe, secure world by developing and investing in initiatives to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world’s nuclear stockpiles,” one that dovetails with President Barack Obama’s arms control efforts. But its behind-the-scenes role advocating for the Iran agreement got more attention this month after a candid profile of Ben Rhodes, one of the president’s top foreign policy aides.
In The New York Times Magazine article, Rhodes explained how the administration worked with nongovernmental organizations, proliferation experts and even friendly reporters to build support for the seven-nation accord that curtailed Iran’s nuclear activity and softened international financial penalties on Tehran.
“We created an echo chamber,” said Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, adding that “outside groups like Ploughshares” helped carry out the administration’s message effectively.
The magazine piece revived Republican criticism of the Iran agreement as they suggested it was evidence of a White House spin machine misleading the American people. The administration accused opponents of trying to re-litigate the deal after failing to defeat it in congressional votes last year.
Liberals who spent eight years calling Bush a liar have been curiously silent about all of this.
Strange how that works, isn’t it?