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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

No News is Bad News

In the long term, Iran represents a significant security threat to the United States. The country is a model Islamofascist dictatorship—fanatical, brutual, repressive to women, gays, trade unionists, and any citizen who questions the Islamist philosophy of Iran’s leaders. One wonders why we don’t see more reporting on Iran’s repressive regime from the MSM, and why we don’t hear more criticism from groups like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and others.

Amir Tahani reports on growing unrest in Iran among the young, protests by trade unionists and other demonstrations.
The [Iranian] authorities admit they've arrested almost a million people in the last four months, keeping them for anything from several hours to several weeks. Yet the news from Iran is focused on the mullahs' defiance of the U.N. on the nuclear issue.

In fact, even the reporting on Iran’s defiance is muted. The MSM wants nothing to do with any factual information that will refute the narrative that Tehani described in the following way:
Some Western editors are sympathetic to the Islamic Republic, which they see as a plucky Third World regime standing up against Western, especially American, "Imperialist bullying."

If the worldwide media reported events in Iran more fully, it might, just might, give those within Iran the confidence to proceed to the next steps that might, just might, lead to the overthrow of the Islamofascists who control the country. Is it likely? No. But it's the responsibility of the MSM to report what is happening in Iran.

There are 117 registered foreign correspondents in Iran including reporters from CNN, Reuters, AP, major newspapers, and other international media. Tahani comments:
Inside Iran, some see global conspiracy to keep international opinion in the dark about what is really happening in the Islamic Republic. They ask: Why is it that world media representatives in Iran never interview any of the thousands of trade unionists, teachers' leaders, journalists, student activists, women's-lib militants and dissident intellectuals? Why is the brutal repression in several provinces, which has already claimed scores of lives, never covered on the spot?

Because it doesn’t fit the existing narrative and meme, that’s why.