There has been intense backlash after the 纽约时报 reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif alleged in audiotape that Kerry told him that Israel had struck around 200 Iranian targets in Syria.
The Iranian leader admitted he was shocked by the purported admission, as reported by The New York Times.
While Kerry has called the claims “unequivocally false” and such a conversation “决不” occurred during or since his tenure as Secretary of State, GOP lawmakers are calling for investigations and for his resignation from the Biden administration if the allegations turn out to be true.
显然地, none of this was newsworthy to ABC, 哥伦比亚广播公司, and NBC, which dedicated zero coverage to the controversy on Monday and Tuesday during their morning and evening news programs.
And despite being a 24-hour news network, MSNBC also skipped any mention of Kerry’s alleged chat with Iran.
CNN only addressed the Kerry controversy twice on Tuesday, once during its “Early Start” program and a brief mention by Jake Tapper during his interview with Sec. of State Antony Blinken.
Neither CNN nor MSNBC made any mention of Kerry on their most-watched shows in primetime.
福克斯新闻’ Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.