One of President Obama’s top national security advisers led journalists to believe a misleading timeline of U.S. negotiations with Iran over a nuclear agreement and relied on inexperienced reporters to create an “echo chamber” that helped sway public opinion to seal the deal, according to a lengthy magazine profile.
Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told the New York Times magazine that he helped promote a “narrative” that the administration started negotiations with Iran after the supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected president in 2013. In fact, the administration’s negotiations actually began earlier, with the country’s powerful Islamic faction, and the framework for an agreement was hammered out before Rouhani’s election.
The distinction is important because of the perception that Rouhani was more favorably disposed toward American interests and more trustworthy than the hard-line faction that holds ultimate power in Iran.
Rhodes, 38, said in the article that it was easy to shape a favorable impression of the proposed agreement because of the inexperience of many of those covering the issue.
“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” he said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”
Rhodes set up a team of staffers who were focused on promoting the deal, which apparently included the feeding of talking points at useful times in the news cycle to foreign policy experts who were favorably disposed toward it. “We created an echo chamber,” he told the magazine. “They [the seemingly independent experts] were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”
Rhodes’s assistant, Ned Price, told the newspaper that the administration would feed “color” — background details — to their “compadres” in the press corps, “and the next thing I know, lots of these guys are in the dot-com publishing space, and have huge Twitter followings, and they’ll be putting this message out on their own.”
“We had test-drives to know who was going to be able to carry our message effectively, and how to use outside groups like [the anti-nuclear group] Ploughshares, the Iran Project and whomever else. So we knew the tactics that worked,” Rhodes says. Speaking of Republicans and other opponents, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Rhodes adds that he knew “we drove them crazy.”
That’s right! DUPED again FOLKS!
You take a short-story writer, even an aspiring novelist at most, who for all practical purposes loves to tell stories. He contructs some overaching plotlines with heroes and villains, chooses his words wisely, then leaks the information to those “blobs” or “feeds the color” to the “echo chamber” and there you have it…a “real story”. Or should I say propaganda. Like the work of George Orwell’s “All Art Is Propaganda”.
Well, for those who have been here long enough…I can’t say we didn’t warn you? What did you really expect…the truth? Many Americans are too busy to pay attention to the real truth and those that are paying attention, just keep getting lied to, by a young aspiring “storyteller” like Rhodes – the ventriloquist of Obama.
We knew this story was a bunch of BS. It was done ON PURPOSE just to close the deal on the Iran nuclear agreement.What else can I say? We said quite some time ago it was a farce. But what can I say? You didn’t listen.
We are a society where the majority of the population has been dumbed down by the liberal propaganda and Common Core. If liberals continue to “dumb down” the rest of society, the majority of you will still believe that Obama is the “best president” that ever served. I guess liberals, like Obama and Hillary, feel they can make anyone believe anything if they have the right “storyteller” like Rhodes. Afterall, many still believe Benghazi was caused by a movie.
One thing is for certain…I don’t know anymore where Rhodes begins and Obama ends, but I do know this WHOLE chapter is coming to an end soon in January 2017. Thank God!
Maybe then, Rhodes will move on to writing more fairy tales and horror stories in Hollywood.