Iran’s State Media outlet: PressTV, claimed Benjamin Netanyahu was behind the Lewinsky scandal, categorizing the Prime Minister’s actions as an “affront” that “destroyed hopes for Mideast peace.” The article also suggests that the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, was responsible for the death of former President John. F. Kennedy. Ben-Gurion was not in office when President Kennedy was assassinated. Rather, the Israeli Prime Minister at the time was Levi Eshkol. The author continues, going as far as to suggest that the Israeli’s are likely conjuring up strategies towards “impeachment or assassination” of President Barack Obama.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a convert to Islam as well as a 9/11 truther, wrote the article. Dr. Barrett was a co-founder of the American Muslim Political Action Committee’s (AMPAC) infamous flub known as the Million Muslim March. The event’s host’s goal of one million Muslims marching on Washington fell roughly 99.999% short of expected turnout.
Barrett dedicates much of his time as an Iranian agent of influence towards promulgating his various theories supporting 9/11 truther movements. Barrett almost always blames “Zionists”, while excusing Islamists from any blame for the Saudi jihadist’s attack on the World Trade Center.
The Anti Defamation League cites Barrett as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist who is part of a “network of anti-Israel conspiracists who endorse and reinforce each other’s work.” Dr. Barrett’s personal issues have come to the forefront, leading some to believe that his employment at PressTV came as a last resort. This suspicion stems from his frequent accusations of violent behavior, resulting in his 2008 charge and subsequent arrest after he was accused of striking his 13-year-old son.
Unfortunately, Barrett is not an aberration from the other pundits that frequent the confines of PressTV’s State information empire. A common prerequisite for employment at PressTV seemingly entails having an alliance with Islamist thought, along with a virulent disdain for the West.
The First Amendment to the Constitution protects the free media in the United States to disburse multitudes of opinions, allowing for a robust flow of information. With the fact established that Iran does not have a free media; outlandish accusations are not allowed to be challenged. This allows for the Ayatollah and his council to drive the narrative in whichever direction they please, facts be damned. Frequent topics of discussion in Iranian media include, but are not limited to: 9/11 theories, Islamophobia, how the Jews or “Zionists” control the world, and focusing on atrocities committed by the “Great Satan”: the United States of America.