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Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Confession - update

I put up a CBC report yesterday about Maziar Bahari, the Iranian-Canadian writer from Newsweek who, kidnapped June 21, had allegedly made a "confession" to Iran's government. Iran's Press TV filed this:

The Newsweek reporter said international press set the scenes for velvet revolutions in various countries, adding that the gentle overthrow of a government could not be achieved without their critical role.

Bahari specifically highlighted the role of the BBC, CNN, Euronews, The New York Times and Newsweek.

“On the brink of every velvet revolution Western media try to portray the ruling administration as the traditional, bigoted, inefficient and undemocratic side while introducing the Western-inclined trend as a modern, efficient, democratic, and reformist movement that has support among the people,” he said.

“Western media are an inseparable part of the capitalist machine of Western liberal democracies. A Western journalist who comes to Iran… is mainly concerned with the interests of the West, which are defined in relation to each issue at every period of time.”

Capitalist machine, eh? To my ear, that sounds pretty much like the way every Western journalist speaks, especially these local sports guys. "Boo-yah! And it's another victory for the bankrupt ideology we call capitalism! We'll be back with Suzie and the AccuWeather forecast, right after this."

This is so utterly transparent as to be farcical, but it appears that if you are holding all of the cards, you don't have to be particularly clever in the way you play them.

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