Proving his memory better (or at least less selective) than that of the institution of corporate journalism, Media Bloodhound blogger Brad Jacobson (6/24/09) is proposing that “It might be more difficult for Republicans to bash President Obama for being ‘timid‘ in his comments about the Iranian government’s violence against protesters if the U.S. media didn’t consistently censor U.S./Iranian history”:
Take CNN‘s recent Iran timeline, titled “A Brief Look at Iran’s History.”
According to the timeline, which begins in 1979, Iran has “been at odds with the West and some of its neighbors” since the overthrow of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. It refers to the Shah as having been “pro-Western.” Yet in the mother of all omissions, CNN leaves out how the U.S. government was directly involved in bringing the Shah to power in a 1953 coup that toppled the democratically elected Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.
Jacobson has to look overseas to cite reporting of the fact that “the CIA, with British backing, masterminded the coup after Mossadegh nationalized the oil industry, run until then in by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.” That Agence France-Presse piece goes on to explain how “for many Iranians, the coup demonstrated duplicity by the United States, which presented itself as a defender of freedom but did not hesitate to use underhand methods to get rid of a democratically elected government to suit its own economic and strategic interests.”
So maybe its not Obama’s “timidity” that really gets under corporate commentators’ skin, but the fact that even the United States’ president is more honest about these facts than the folks at our major Cable News Network: “You might remember Obama owning up to this bit of history during his recent trip to the Middle East, in a speech to the Muslim world in Cairo.”
Listen to the related FAIR radio show CounterSpin: “David Barsamian on Iran Upheaval” (6/26/09).