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Since seeing the story here at dkos, I've been looking for its mention on the TV. This morning's "Today" and "CBS Sunday Morning" didn't mention it (that I caught). "Face the Nation" was all electoral horse-race, no mention. This evening "ABC World News Tonight" and "NBC Nightly News" were both similarly silent.

I guess its just too much to report real news when they can talk about how Romney really isn't losing to Obama, and you need to watch our station so we can sell you Viagra and Depends all night.

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  •  We May Have Been Premature (3+ / 0-)
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    victoria2dc, David PA, Neuroptimalian

    Something like that is a big deal. Either the news is being embargoed until after the election or it's still in the rumor phase. I'd be surprised if it's not something that's at least being considered. Whether it's fully on the road to implementation is another story.

  •  They aren't suspending (10+ / 0-)

    they are offering to suspend if sanctions are lifted -- that won't happen but it is a line for opening negotiations again.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 03:55:56 PM PST

  •  Opposition websites are being blamed... (13+ / 0-)

    ...by officials in Iran for misquoting:

    "Twenty percent uranium enrichment activities continue as before and no change has happened," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying on Sunday.

    On Saturday night, Iranian MP Mohammad Hassan Asafari was misquoted by opposition websites and the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya as saying that Tehran had already stopped 20% enrichment. Asafari had only signalled in his comments to Iran's Isna news agency that Iran would be ready to temporarily stop enrichment to 20% if sanctions were lifted.

    Asafari on Sunday stepped forward to clarify. "The 20% enrichment has not been and will not be halted in Iran," he insisted, according to the website of the state's English-language television, Press TV.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:01:33 PM PST

  •  Yeah, I couldn't corroborate (1+ / 0-)
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    cany

    So I didn't rec the diary that reported it. We need to be better journalists than the main stream journalists, which isn't a very high bar.

    "Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder." - Coretta Scott King

    by Sarge in Seattle on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:06:11 PM PST

  •  What I've read is that there is internal debate (2+ / 0-)
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    David PA, Garrett

    in Iran stemming from the top officials there. Basically, they are divided. And also, I've read that those in support of this are probably pushing this to try to push those not in favor of it in Iran into a corner, in order to restore the economy of Iran which is tanking in no small part due to U.S. economic sanctions.

    In short, it is not really "sourced" so much as what looks to me like strategically leaked to try to push Ahmedinejad, in particular, into a corner where he will be more pressured to say fine, we will stop with the 20% enriched Uranium bit if you will lift sanctions. Therefore restoring lifeblood to the Iranian economy.

    It remains to be seen whether this will work, or whether also this will gain International pressure toward Iran to carry through.

    It's an interesting story which I spent the morning following around through Middle Eastern news sources trying to better understand.

    Yes, it's premature to jump to any conclusions! Thanks. But I don't think it's pushed by Romney or anything. There's a lot of desire in Iran to improve standing with the U.S. to create economic improvement. Also, to avoid the hawkish Romney from nuking them or anything he seems to want to do to Iran; Obama's more willing to be diplomatic.

    Vote YES on Prop. 30, California!!!! Yes on 30, No on 32 & 38. For the future of education.

    by mahakali overdrive on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:07:58 PM PST

  •  american MSM have no judgement (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, thatpj

    They are not journalists,they are entertainers.No fact checks,stupid analysis and they keep paroting political talking points.Stupid as Bush was,he even succeeded to make them believe that Irak has WMD and also mission accomplished. MSM=BS

  •  Iran will never suspend uranium enrichment. (0+ / 0-)

    The MSM is right about that.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:44:43 PM PST

    •  They shouldn't have to. Some enrichment is used (0+ / 0-)

      for appropriate things, some isn't. The problem is with Iran not allowing IAEA inspectors in some of their facilities.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 05:32:35 PM PST

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  •  Even when the story broke (1+ / 0-)
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    David54

    I had very low confidence that it amounted to anything.  I don't blame news outlets for not running it unless and until there is some shred of evidence that that there is any credibility there.  I still see none.

    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

    by beemerr90s on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:43:53 PM PST

  •  It's obvious that it's a ploy intended to screw (0+ / 0-)

    with our electoral process.
    I think most outlets that have a less democratic method of putting up diaries/articles are holding the story back until after the election.
     It's not substantive at this point, but it could be, if it holds and leads to substantive talks.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:55:28 PM PST

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