Media get it wrong, again

Editorial: The Daily Star

U.S. President Barack Obama’s effort to begin a dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran has already hit a brick wall. But the obstacle that stands in the way of rapprochement is not, as the American media would lead one to believe, the mullahs in Tehran. Rather, it is the American media itself.

U.S. newspapers and television stations reported over the weekend that Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei immediately “rebuffed,” “brushed aside,” “dismissed” or flat-out “rejected” Obama’s recent video appeal for talks. But the reality is something quite different.

Khamenei in fact delivered a carefully crafted address in which he welcomed Obama’s offer for talks, but also set specific parameters in which negotiations can happen. He even identified concrete steps that the United States can take to demonstrate that it is interested in a genuine dialogue based on an open exchange of views. Continue reading

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5 Responses to “Media get it wrong, again”

  1. Dan Bernard Says:

    I accept that the U.S. media are biased against Iran, but — carefully crafted? Welcoming? Not if this translation is accurate:
    “Well, where is this change? What has changed? Make it clear to us – what has changed? Has your hostility to the Iranian people changed? Where is the sign of that? Have you released the Iranian assets? Have you lifted the unjust sanctions? Have you stopped the mud-slinging, the accusations, and the propaganda against this great nation and its leaders, who rose from among the people? Have you stopped your unconditional defense of the Zionist regime? What has changed? They use the slogan of change, but in fact, there is no evidence of change. We have not seen any change. Not even the discourse has changed. The new American president, from the very first moment – when he entered office and made his [inauguration] speech – insulted Iran and the government of the Islamic Republic. Why? If you are right, and there really is change – where is this change? Why can’t we see anything? I say this to everyone. The American officials and other people should know that it is impossible to deceive or intimidate the Iranian people…My advice to the American officials – to the president and to the others – is to think carefully about these things. Give it to someone to translate it for you – but don’t give it to the Zionists to translate… As long as the U.S. government continues to conduct its actions and its policies against us as it has done for the past 30 years, we will [also] be the same people we have been in these 30 years, gaining strength and experience from day to day… for our nation hates to be addressed in [the language of] threats and enticements… We will judge the new American president by the outcome of his actions.”
    Sounds pretty bellicose to me.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    from the boston globe: “But much of the Western media seriously misinterpreted Khamenei’s response by saying that he had rebuffed, dismissed, or “brushed aside” Obama’s important overture”… http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/03/29/a_new_season_in_iran_relations/

  3. mojiagha Says:

    Dan,

    You call Khamenei’s language “bellicose?” What about Obama, who repeats the Israeli-crafted lie that Iran is developing nuclear “weapons” and is supporting “terrorism?”

    Please stop “blaming the victim” — which was a practice in Nazi Germany, and remember: “never again” becomes meaningless if it is restricted to “Jews” only.

    Please read: http://www.nkusa.org

  4. mojiagha Says:

    To the Daily Star,

    You say:

    “Most media outlets also failed to report that during his address, Khamenei reiterated that he would interfere in Iran’s upcoming elections in order to boost the chances of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as many in the West have claimed.”

    I read the address and he said he would NOT, repeat” NOT, interfere in the elections?

    It is sad that in an article in which you criticize (correctly) the Western media for biased reporting, you report the opposite of what was said.

  5. mojiagha Says:

    To the Daily Star,

    You say:

    “Most media outlets also failed to report that during his address, Khamenei reiterated that he would interfere in Iran’s upcoming elections in order to boost the chances of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as many in the West have claimed.”

    I read the address and he said he would NOT, repeat” NOT, interfere in the elections?

    It is sad that in an article in which you criticize (correctly) the Western media for biased reporting, you report the opposite of what was said.

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