Following Donald Trump’s re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, several media outlets have been reporting that Iran recently unveiled its latest ballistic missile. But all is not as it seems. Because these reports contain a startlingly manipulative and misleading omission.
On 13 August, a number of publications (including France24, Breitbart News and The Times of Israel) published articles reporting that the Iranian government had unveiled a new weapon. The reports appear to have originated from an article from Agence France-Presse, a French newswire similar to Reuters. And they quote Iranian defense minister Amir Hatami as saying: