Has CNN Lied Again?

CNN, the cable news network that tired to embarrass Bush, flashed subliminal Xs over Cheney’s face, Insinuated George Bush colluded with Osama Bin Laden to time the release of his video and audio tapes and lied about Bush ordering the leak of Valerie Plame's name- seems to be at it again.

On Friday CNN ran a story with this as their headline:
Iraqi minister defends Iranian nuclear program. And they wrote this in the body of the article: Iran has a right to develop nuclear technology and the international community should drop its demands that Tehran prove it's not trying to build a nuclear weapon, Iraq's foreign minister said Friday.

"Iran doesn't claim that they want to obtain a nuclear weapon or a nuclear bomb, so there is no need that we ask them for any guarantee now," Hoshyar Zebari said after meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki.

However, Iraq The Model reports that CNN misinterpreted or perhaps misrepresented what Iraq’s foreign minister actually said.

(ITM) I wasn't there at the press conference but I was able to find an audio clip of the same part of minister Zibari's statement through Radio Sawa, and what he said here is so much different from what the CNN claimed he did (my translation):

We respect Iran's and every other nation's right to pursue nuclear technology for research purposes and peaceful use given they accept [giving] the internationally required guarantees that this will not lead to an armament race in the region…Audio clip
available here (Arabic)

Listening to the 2nd version of the story (in Zibari's own voice) it is clear that Iraq recognizes Iran's right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes exclusively and is moreover asking Iran for guarantees, not the other way around CNN!


So, was this another slimy attempt to undermine the war in Iraq or was it a simple error on the part of CNN? I think they wanted to use the Foreign Minister's statements as something to point to and say, "you see, Iraq thinks Iran should have nukes; is that what we are fighting for"? It's a way for CNN to kill two birds with one stone: it props up Iran and undermines the Iraq war...

Cross-posted at The Intelligence Report