The January 31 edition of ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer presented a massively distorted, uncritical report of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's testimony before Congress. ABC has turned a story about Iran not having weapons and operating their program on a cost-benefit basis to an inflammatory, inaccurate story about Iranians launching probable attacks against the U.S. on U.S. soil.
James Clapper's testimony clearly states that Iran has no nuclear weapons program:
Director Clapper's claim is totally ridiculous given the speciousness of the 2011 plot. The claims for the plot itself has been thoroughly discredited by security experts, regional specialists and Iran experts, such as myself. Most importantly, no Iranian officials have ever been implicated as having ties to this incident. Rather than receiving support from ABC, Director Clapper's conclusion that Iran was "willing. . . to sponsor future attacks" should have been questioned or outright repudiated. ABC's lack of integrity in presenting this story is a form of yellow journalism perpetuating the dangerous policy of beating the drums of war against Iran.
It would behoove ABC News to broadcast a corrective statement.