Right diagnosis, wrong patient (“Misleading with Contempt,” May 13). David Samuels, the author of The New York Times piece cited, is a long-standing implacable foe of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action who has even supported, in print, an Israeli air strike against Iran.
As J.J. Goldberg notes in his Forward analysis “What That Ben Rhodes Profile Really Tells Us About the Iran Deal” (May 12): “The article is long and engaging and manages to slip almost unnoticed between direct quotes by Rhodes … and Samuels’s own observations. For example, although it’s been widely reported that Rhodes denies Rouhani is a moderate, he never actually says that. It’s Samuels who puts ‘moderate’ in quotes and makes it a critical factor in ensuring the deal’s public acceptance — and by implication, its legitimacy.”
Samuels has clearly spun his presentation to paint the Obama administration in the worst possible light. The editorial’s outrage at “a level of chutzpah that is downright offensive” has much more to do with Samuels than with Rhodes and qualifies as an apt characterization of the (lack of) integrity of Samuels’ journalistic practice.