In its failed attempt to validate discredited CBS reporting on President George W. Bush's alleged preferential treatment in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, the new movie "Truth" is flopping at the box office and failing to convince viewers that news anchor Dan Rather got his facts straight.
Months before the 2004 presidential election, CBS's "60 Minutes Wednesday" ran a story which claimed that Bush, the son of a congressman, was given special treatment during the Vietnam War. It alleged that Bush was taken into the Texas Air National Guard to avoid being sent to Vietnam, that he failed to complete his assignments and that he had been released early so that he could go to business school.
However, the report was based off National Guard documents and memos that were widely believed to be forgeries. As the narrative didn't include opposing views concerning the documents, many believed the report was a partisan attempt to smear Bush and cost him re-election. The report ultimately resulted in the demise of Rather's career and also cost producer Mary Mapes her job. more >>
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei continues to claim that the infamous "Death to America" chant is not actually against the American people.
Khamenei told students in Tehran earlier this week that the slogan, often chanted at anti-American rallies, is aimed at U.S. foreign policy, and not at actual Americans.
"Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he said, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America,' we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance." more >>
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has said that evidence recovered by investigators from the downed Russian passenger plane in Egypt strongly suggests that a bomb was responsible for the deaths of 224 people.
Reuters reported that President Barack Obama is also taking the possibility "very seriously," though Russian authorities have said the investigation needs to continue before concluding that a terror attack is indeed to blame for the crash.
The Kogalymavia/Metrojet Flight 9268 was headed for St. Petersburg on Saturday when it broke-up mid air over the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, killing all passengers and crew. more >>
The United States Department of State has detailed in its International Religious Freedom report what one group described as "unimaginable horrors" Christians are facing at the hands of the Islamic State terror group, including beheadings and kidnappings.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which has been speaking out about Christian persecution across Iraq and Syria, described accounts in the IRF report as "truly gut-wrenching," and said the report only offers "a small glimpse at the unimaginable horrors" Christians are facing.
David Saperstein, ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, said: more >>
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said the Islamic State terror group's claims that it shot down the Russian Airbus 321 on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, are nothing but "propaganda."
Investigators have meanwhile began to collect evidence from the recovered black box recorders from the site of the crash, and determined that there were "uncharacteristic sounds" in the final moments before the plane went down.
A businessman who holds duel citizenship with the United States and Iran was reportedly arrested in mid-October in Tehran.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that a friend of United Arab Emirates based businessman, Siamak Namazi, confirmed the arrest while the Iranian government has not made public any charges.
Namazi, believed to be in his early 40s, is head of strategic planning at Crescent Petroleum in the United Arab Emirates. The New York Times reported Thursday that Namazi has ties to the National Iranian American Council, whose mission is to advance "the interests of the Iranian American community. more >>