Anyone notice how little appears in western media outlets about Moscow’s conduct on the Iranian nuclear crisis? Or, for that matter, how slanted the Russia media is when it comes to Iran?
If the phenomenon were only in the Russian language it would be a problem only for the Russians, but unfortunately the web is inundated with English-language propaganda reports originating in Moscow. And these enjoy full equality in Google searches – RT is the same as the NYT.
We’re not sure why no media outlet has flagged this yet. We do not suspect, heaven forbid, that the western media longs for the return of the Soviet Union. But still, it certainly spends a whole lot more energy castigating the US Congress or the French for their position on negotiations with the Iranians – while the fact remains that the Russians are right there in the room as part of the P5+1, they’re no angels.
The problem is not only tied to Google egalitarianism. These Russian reports find their way into other media outlets as well, and then – presto! – become more legit.
Take a recent, very casual report by the Moscow times, for example, about Russia-Iran discussions regarding a new nuclear plant project. A new nuclear plant project? In the midst of the crisis? Hullo… and this report appeared in Brekbulk, Gulfnews, Daliystar and other outlets with no analysis whatsoever.
Just another boring component of whatever is happening over there with Iran….
Then there was the declaration by Lukoil, Russia‘s second largest oil company, that it’s ready to resume cooperation with Iran. The Geneva deal is not yet implemented, but Russian is already in on the ground floor. And the media smiles and waves.
Anyone for some serious media debate over the Russian role in the Iran nuclear deal – and beyond? We certainly are.