So-called "Liberal" mainstream media misinformation supports neo-con agenda
An Associated Press story being carried at FOXNews.com reasserts the falsehood that Iranian President "Ahmadinejad has said Israel should be wiped off the map". This translation has been proven to be inaccurate but is still widely parroted nonetheless. Whether a product of journalistic laziness or agenda-driven, it has the same effect of instilling outrage and fear.
Here's the original quote, dissected by Arash Norouzi at Truthseeker:
So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in farsi:
"Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad."
That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word "Regime", pronounced just like the English word with an extra "eh" sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase "rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods" (regime occupying Jerusalem).
So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want "wiped from the map"? The answer is: nothing. That's because the word "map" was never used. The Persian word for map, "nagsheh", is not contained anywhere in his original farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase "wipe out" ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran's President threatened to "wipe Israel off the map", despite never having uttered the words "map", "wipe out" or even "Israel"
THE FULL QUOTE IS AT THE LINK.