Oil Tanker Mishaps 🚢

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UK points the finger at Iran

The British Ministry of Defense accused Iran of attempting to impede British oil tankers along the Strait of Hormuz. As Iranian boats reportedly tried to block off the oil tankers, the UK’s frigate, HMS Montrose, drove away the boats. 

Iran's response

Iran denied any involvement in the conflict. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps stated that “during the last 24 hours, there have been no encounters with foreign vessels, including the British ones.”


Express: Iran humiliated as 'five ships FAIL to seize British oil tanker in Persian Gulf standoff'

Daily Wire: UK warship fends off Iran bid to ‘impede’ its tanker in Gulf

The right, in contrast, will incorporate the perspective of the US government. Some of these articles will report US defense officials’ statements before further covering the UK’s accusations. Other outlets will frame Iran as the defeatist in this conflict. 


The Guardian: Iranian boats 'attempted to impede' British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

Al Jazeera: UK accuses Iranian boats of impeding British tanker in the Gulf

The left 
tends to heavily cover both the perspectives of Iran and the UK. Articles will generally include the Revolutionary Guard’s denial of the accusations. Some outlets will gauge the response of Iran’s Foreign Minister who slammed the UK’s claims as “worthless.” Other articles will center their coverage on Iran’s rejection of the accusations. 

Where's the common ground?

Common ground between the left and right involves each side’s sources. Although the right tends to interview more American officials, both sides will include the perspectives of the UK. Most news outlets, regardless of political affiliation, will report Iran’s denial of an attempted seizure of the oil tankers. 

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