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Fox News Anchor Surprised that Iran Hawk’s “Offices are in Israel”

Much like the promotion of the Clarion Fund’s previous films —“Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” and “The Third Jihad”— the film’s producers have found Fox News to be a reliable partner in asking softball questions to Clarion Fund spokespeople and providing valuable airtime to advertise the organization’s Islamophobic projects.

The rollout of “Iranium” has been no exception, but the film’s director, Alex Traiman, hit a minor hiccup—admittedly only a few seconds out of a five minute discussion—in a recent Fox News interview. The interviewer appeared surprised when she asked where Traiman was from and he responded that “our offices are based in Israel.” This answer seemed to leave the Fox host momentarily stumped. After all, it’s a little hard to justify why someone whose offices are in a foreign country is advocating for a hawkish U.S. foreign policy on Fox News.

While she didn’t explore the implications of a West Bank settler promoting a film that encourages Americans to support harsh sanctions (and possibly the “military option”) against Iran, the moment did seem to raise an eyebrow– or at least offered a brief pause.

Check out the interview starting from 2:41:

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3 Responses to Fox News Anchor Surprised that Iran Hawk’s “Offices are in Israel”

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  1. avatar secretarybird says:

    Time for a new question:

    What didn’t you know, and why didn’y tou know it?

  2. avatar secretarybird says:


    What didn’t you know, and why didn’t you know it?

  3. avatar scott says:

    These regular gaffes on Fox are funny. I think it suggests that the anchors aren’t really that smart or I should say very well informed, at all. IF they were part of more sophisticated plot they’d avoid these gaffes, rather, they seem to be patsies that may not fully understand the connections behind the scenes. The really have some outstandingly sharp blondes on there (you never identified the interviewer, I’m assuming she’s blonde)

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Eli Clifton reports on money in politics and US foreign policy. Eli previously reported for the American Independent News Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.

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