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December 05, 2016

Iranian Ship Threatens U.S. Helicopter, Media MIA

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran


An Iranian ship threatened a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Nov. 26, 2016. Many major U.S. news outlets have ignored the incident.

Reuters, citing two anonymous U.S. defense officials, reported that “a small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon” at the U.S. Navy MH-60 helicopter (“Iranian vessel points weapon at U.S. helicopter: officials,” Nov. 29, 2016).

“The behavior by our standards is provocative and could be seen as an escalation,” the U.S. officials told Reuters.

Many in the U.S. press failed to cover the event. A Lexis-Nexis search of several U.S. print news outlets, including The Washington Post, USA Today and The Baltimore Sun, showed that the latest threatening Iranian action against the U.S. was ignored.

In the last year alone, Iran has engaged in cyberwarfare against the U.S. and threatened U.S. vessels and troops in Iraq, among other aggressive acts (“Where’s the Coverage? Iran Threatens U.S. Troops,” Dec. 11, 2015). Yet, the media frequently underreports or ignores Iranian belligerence, as CAMERA has noted (see, for example “Iran Increases Cyber attacks Against the United States; Where’s the Coverage?” Nov. 30, 2015).

Posted by SD at December 5, 2016 09:34 AM

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