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Al-Monitor: a metaphor for Iran coverage

Couldn’t avoid it: an avalanche of Al-Monitor reports & tweets overwhelmingly favoring Iran/Rouhani/Zarif before, during  and after the recent NYC visit. Should we have been surprised? Well, while zapping around the web we came across this review of 70 articles

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Posted in Al monitor, Ali Akbar Salehi, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Other News

NYT: Questioning the Party Line on Iran

In a recent “Public Editor” column, the New York Times’ Margaret Sullivan examined the paper’s level of skepticism on the Administration’s Syria policy. This got us thinking (again): what would Sullivan’s conclusions be if she examined the NYT’s Iran policy

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Other News, Seyed Hossein Mousavian

President Hassan Rouhani

The moment the media has been waiting for is here: Ahmadinejad out, Rouhani in. In his inauguration speech, the new president warned against more sanctions. Nothing new there. We have to admit that the media tendency to give Rouhani the

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Posted in BBC, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei

Filmmaker Under Attack

Who cares about Mohsen Makhmalbaf? Judging by the anemic coverage of his latest plight, doesn’t seem like the media does. For those who missed it: Iran decided to boycott Makhmalbaf,  its renowned  film director, for attending the Jerusalem Film Festival

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

What’s with the NYT on Iran?

We are not NYT bashers. Really we’re not. But only an ostrich can ignore what’s going down there lately when it comes to the Iranian issue. Our previous post noted that last week the NYT editorial pages hosted two pieces

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Iran in the Eyes of the (Media) Beholder

Amazing how media-consumers’ perception of the Iranian crisis can be manipulated by headlines, paragraph sequencing and commentary masquerading as fact – not to mention the selection of op-eds. Consider this piece by Reuters’ Brussels-based correspondent Justyna Pawlak. The optimism oozing

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Stop Complaining – and Stop Slandering

Apparently in Tehran they haven’t heard the saying: “win some, lose some.” Judging by their media, they always expect to play with all the aces in the deck. On the one hand, they religiously practice censorship, close newspapers, arrest journalists,

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Posted in Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Other News
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