Several conservative media figures have recently claimed that the people who have disrupted recent Democratic town halls on health care reform are, in Rush Limbaugh's words, "real" and "genuine" rather than "ginned up" -- a message that echoes Republican claims about the disruptions. In fact, conservative organizations opposed to the Democrats' health care bills are conducting a campaign to turn out their supporters at these events; the subsequent disruptions have been promoted by conservative media figures and outlets.
Referring to the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, CNN's Frank Sesno said: "[M]oney is pouring in, but with apologies to [Sen.] John McCain, you might hear some straight talk, too." In assigning McCain ownership of the "straight talk" label, Sesno joined a long line of media, including CNN hosts and correspondents, who have adopted McCain's self-laudatory label of "straight-talker" despite his stark inconsistency on numerous issues.
In CNN's investigative report, Iran: Fact & Fiction, Frank Sesno said that Iran's nuclear "weaponizing program" has "apparently ... stopped," but that Iran is "still proceeding with" its development of highly enriched uranium. However, the most recent National Intelligence Estimate noted that "Iran's civilian uranium enrichment program is continuing," not that Iran is currently processing highly enriched uranium. And in its report, the International Atomic Energy Agency stated that from "samples taken by the Agency from cascade components and related equipment" in Iran, it has found, so far, only uranium enrichment consistent with a civilian nuclear program.