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On Iran, Deal in Geneva While CNN & Al Jazeera Lost in JFK, Obama Takes No Qs

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 23 -- As the Iran nuclear deal with the P5 + 1 was announced in Geneva late Saturday, the corporate media which had been there was days seemed be caught off guard.

CNN kept showing a documentary of John F. Kennedy (as did Al Jazeera Arabic.)

But the deal had been announced, and the principals headed to the UN Palais des Nations to sign it. But text journalists were excluded, even from major corporate media, an arbitary Banning that the Free UN Coalition for Access protests.

Iran's Press TV was all over it, broadcasting live well before others jumped in. After Ashton's statement, French foreign minister, who as Inner City Press reported previously blew up the talks (amid France's pitch of military wares to Saudi Arabia) spoke briefly with French media, with former UN Deputy Permanent Representative Martin Briens behind him.

A White House background press call that was to start at 10:30 pm was superseded by Obama going live. He went only six minutes and took no questions, throwing things back to Foreign Minister Zarif in Geneva. There, Margaret Warner of PBS told him that the White House summary of the deal didn't mention enrichment of uranium.

Zarif smiled and said, We only require respect for that right. And still the White House "background" call hadn't started. But already the push back began, including in Congress. And if they could override a veto and impose new sanctions? Watch this site.

Footnote: in the run up there was waste and falsehood, such as a Reuters scribe who has spied for the UN (click here for documents on that) getting "funky" with selfie photos of chicken dinners. To this has the MSM descended. Watch this site.


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