Greg Thielmann

Articles by Greg Thielmann

23 November 2011

Chain reaction: How the media has misread the IAEA's report on Iran

Greg ThielmannBenjamin Loehrke

When, earlier this month, the International Atomic Energy Agency  (IAEA) released a report on Iran's nuclear program, several media agencies and politicians walked away with two messages: that the Vienna-based agency now refutes past estimates of the US intelligence community, and that Iran is now making a break for the bomb. Both representations are false. Yet these assertions have been repeated often enough to give them traction with the public and Congress.