Commentary — Sept 8, 2013
The Financial Times report linked below is the latest example of how disinformation is being dressed up and fed to the public in the guise of “journalism”.
Earlier last week an article entitled “Iran ex-president hints at divisions over support for Bashar a–Assad appeared in the Financial Times, which quoted Rafsanjani as saying:
“God bless the people of Syria . . . they were subjected to chemical weapons by their own government and now they have to expect a foreign invasion…”
Iran’s former president, has publicly denied making the comments attributed to him in the Financial Times article.
“Recent quotes (attributed) to me regarding Syria… are absolutely not true,” Rafsanjani was quoted as telling a crowd of war veteran families on Saturday.
Rafsanjani has also posted a denial that he made the statement on his own website. However, the Financial Times has yet to publish Rafsanjani’s denial or retract or amend the article in which the comments he is alleged to have made originally appeared.
To add insult to injury the following appears should you try to copy the FT report
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