(Image Source: Flickr/FutureAtlas.com)


BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

Earlier this week, the Associated Press ran a story claiming it has obtained a leaked graph that proves Iran is indeed working on a nuclear bomb.
 

The story included this low-quality graph — which the AP says reveals how Iran’s bomb would have triple the force of the American nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.
 

Sounds scary, right? Except — the graph doesn’t really say what the AP claims it says.
 

Scientists writing at the Bulletin of Atomic Science have refuted the graph, saying “[its] two curves do not correspond … As is, the diagram features a nearly million-fold error. This diagram does nothing more than indicate either slipshod analysis or an amateurish hoax.” The scientists also say the level graph’s scientific sophistication corresponds to those found in students of “graduate- or advanced undergraduate-level nuclear physics courses.” Not exactly nuclear weapon scientists.
 

It looks like someone at the AP forgot to check their facts. The article also only mentions “a country critical of Iran’s atomic program” as its source for the graph.
 

Numerous publications have picked up the AP’s graph and story since it published on Tuesday — widely spreading the technically inaccurate report.
 

Writing for the Guardian, civil liberties advocate Glenn Greenwald lays out the problem of irresponsible journalism when it comes to Iran.
 

...as long as media outlets like AP continue to blindly trumpet whatever is shoveled to them by the shielded, unnamed ‘country …’ fear levels [will be] kept sky-high, thus enabling the continuation and escalation of the hideous sanctions regime, if not an outright attack [against Iran].”

AP Circulates Faulty Graph As Evidence of Iran Nuclear Bomb

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Nov 28, 2012

AP Circulates Faulty Graph As Evidence of Iran Nuclear Bomb

(Image Source: Flickr/FutureAtlas.com)


BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

Earlier this week, the Associated Press ran a story claiming it has obtained a leaked graph that proves Iran is indeed working on a nuclear bomb.
 

The story included this low-quality graph — which the AP says reveals how Iran’s bomb would have triple the force of the American nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.
 

Sounds scary, right? Except — the graph doesn’t really say what the AP claims it says.
 

Scientists writing at the Bulletin of Atomic Science have refuted the graph, saying “[its] two curves do not correspond … As is, the diagram features a nearly million-fold error. This diagram does nothing more than indicate either slipshod analysis or an amateurish hoax.” The scientists also say the level graph’s scientific sophistication corresponds to those found in students of “graduate- or advanced undergraduate-level nuclear physics courses.” Not exactly nuclear weapon scientists.
 

It looks like someone at the AP forgot to check their facts. The article also only mentions “a country critical of Iran’s atomic program” as its source for the graph.
 

Numerous publications have picked up the AP’s graph and story since it published on Tuesday — widely spreading the technically inaccurate report.
 

Writing for the Guardian, civil liberties advocate Glenn Greenwald lays out the problem of irresponsible journalism when it comes to Iran.
 

...as long as media outlets like AP continue to blindly trumpet whatever is shoveled to them by the shielded, unnamed ‘country …’ fear levels [will be] kept sky-high, thus enabling the continuation and escalation of the hideous sanctions regime, if not an outright attack [against Iran].”

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