Iran commander died in fiery blast but U.S. media hardest hit

Monday, January 6, 2020
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (

SoleimaniHe did it again: President Trump has so enraged the Left that his biggest critics are defending Iran’s now-dead military commander, Qassem Soleimani.

From calling it “murder” to telling the public what Trump was eating when the missile hit, the left-wing media has responded with hysterics after Iran’s top military leader was killed in a Reaper drone strike outside Baghdad’s airport while departing in a military convoy.

The strike ended the life of a notorious Middle East figure whose demise has been debated for years by previous White House administrations only to die in a fiery blast after orders from President Trump, who says intelligence warned of impending attacks ordered by the military commander.

Soleimani, in fact, was traveling throughout the Middle East and was personally briefing terrorist leaders about a “big action” that was coming, CBS News, citing military intelligence, reported.

NPR, however, asked experts if Soleimani’s death was legally classified as an “assassination” or a military strike, even though it’s known the Iran commander oversaw bombings in Iraq that killed more than 600 soldiers and Marines.

Soleimani wreckage

CNN described Soleimani’s death as “murder,” and so did a BBC report by its chief international correspondent, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center pointed out in a Fox News op-ed.

Barack Obama, by comparison, ordered more than 560 strikes that killed as many as 800 civilians.

Gainor and MRC collected numerous eye-opening examples of media reactions, such as a New York Times reporter posting a “rare personal video” of Soleimani reciting poetry, and a CBS News reporter who called him a “military genius” and “revered figure.”

The "breaking news" headline at The Washington Post reported the airstrike killed Iran's "most revered" military leader. 


Gainor wrote about a New Yorker story:

The New Yorker depicted Soleimani in heroic, macho fashion as “a flamboyant former construction worker and bodybuilder with snowy white hair, a dapper beard, and arching salt-and-pepper eyebrows.” I was surprised the web page didn’t include some Wagnerian soundtrack or maybe just The Village People singing “Macho Man.”

Gary Bauer of American Values tells OneNewsNow he was “shocked and disappointed” at the suggestions that killing Soleimani was a reckless act.

“What is the United States supposed to do,” Bauer asks, “when somebody is killing soldiers with impunity, not just once or twice, but over years and years?”

Bauer, Gary (American Values)CBS News, in fact, reported that “fears about the repercussions and reverberations” of killing Soleimani plagued the past administrations of Barack Obama and, before him, George W. Bush.

The same story quoted Gen. Mark Milley, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who said the “risk of inaction exceeded the risk of action.”




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