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Saturday, September 19, 2009
Misleading Newsmax Headline Watch
Topic: Newsmax

A Sept. 18 Newsmax article by Rick Pedraza carries the headline "Biden: Iran Not a Threat." But at no point in Pedraza's article is Vice President Joe Biden quoted as saying that.

The closest thing to that statement is, "I am less concerned — much less concerned — about the Iranian potential. They have no potential at this moment; they have no capacity to launch a missile at the United States of America." But Pedraza also quotes Biden as saying, "I think we are fully capable and secure dealing with any present or future potential Iranian threat. ... The whole purpose of this exercise we are undertaking is to diminish the prospect of the Iranians destabilizing that region in the world."

By oversimplifying a Biden statement and taking it out of context, Newsmax misleads its readers.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:25 AM EDT

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