Here’s what’s wrong with today’s news reporting. An entire article about the Iranian elections that doesn’t point out anywhere that the entire elections are a sham. Ten paragraphs into the story, this fact is pointed out — but only as an allegation from our democratically elected president.
A day before the election, Bush sharply denounced the vote, saying it was designed to keep power in the hands of the clerics. But some Iranians said they were motivated to vote to retaliate against Bush’s denunciations.
Bush is right, and it’s a fact. According to this BBC report, hardliner clerics allowed only 8 candidates from a pool of more than 1,000 to run for office. These are not free elections. The closest admission of the true nature of Iranian politics is a throw-away line in the second-half of this sentence: “Karroubi is a close ally of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who heads the non-elected theocracy that can overrule the president or parliament.”
The AP report reads as if the Iranian elections are the epitome of fair voting. Incredibly, there’s no mention of the hardliner ban.
Not pointing out crucial facts may produce stories free from judgment — but that doesn’t make them accurate.