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An Iranian Bomb in 16 Days?

Well, that's what the Bloomberg headline says: Iran Could Produce Nuclear Bomb in 16 Days, U.S. Says.

Why do otherwise respectable news agencies insist on doing this? Bloomberg knows full well that a reader will see that headline and think Iran is 16 days from a nuclear weapon. That's not what Stephen Rademaker, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, said. What he said was:

"Natanz was constructed to house 50,000 centrifuges. Using those 50,000 centrifuges they could produce enough highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon in 16 days."

Iran is not 16 days from building a nuclear weapon. No, they are 49,836 successfully cascaded centrifuges and 16 days away from a nuclear weapon.

The situation is dire enough. Do we need the sensationalism?

What Iran is 16 days away from is a Hizballah attack(s) virtually anywhere on the planet. The Middle East, Asia, South America, North America, Europe... But that threat seems to have lost it's ability to survive attention spans as dangerously brief as Bloomberg's latest headline.

3 Comments

Email that phony reporter like I did:

Salison1@bloomberg.net

Sarah,

I'd stop well short of calling the reporter phoney. The problem with the story was the headline, and the writing journalist rarely has say in a headline's content. The editor(s) need to be addressed.

The only problem with the text of the story is the abreviated quote, but even that doesn't rise nearly to the level of the headline's sensationalism.

Well, news outlets reporting this would do well to have a look at the calendar too. 16 days, huh? Hey,what an odd coincidence! It just so happens that's the day right after the UNs deadline ends on April 28th. I think media are doing the public a disservice by not examining this claim more closely, and exposing it for the obvious agenda-driven nonsense that it is.