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Friday, September 11, 2015

New SD Public Radio morning program: lies with Kristi Noem

South Dakota Public Radio provides state news during National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."  They dutifully broadcast statements by the South Dakota congressional delegation in which John Thune, Mike Rounds, and Kristi Noem recite the scripts prepared by the GOP hack shop.

SDPR never fact checks.

Today it reported on how the delegation responds to the Iran nuclear deal.  It broadcast Kristi Noem saying:

We needed to have Iran show some positive movement toward fixing their behavior when it came towards their nuclear proliferation activities before the sanctions could be lifted. This agreement does not do that,” Noem says. “It immediately lifts the sanctions before their behavior even changes.”
That contention is refuted by news accounts.  The Washington Post states:

The first sanctions are to be lifted after Iran reduces the size of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and meets other requirements, a process many American experts say could take at least six months — although the Iranians insist they can do it much sooner.
And  a letter to the Post from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Francois Hollande states the conditions under which sanctions will be lifted:

Nevertheless, two years of tough, detailed negotiation have produced an agreement that closes off all possible routes to an Iranian nuclear weapon in return for phased relief from nuclear-related sanctions.

Kristi gets the highest rating for her performance.  


Angela Marcos said...

Correction: Angela Merkel

David Newquist said...

Duly noted and corrected. I am trying to figure out the error because the names signing the letter were directly copied and posted fro the Washington Post article.

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