Time’s Take Two on Iran: Are They Reading This Blog?

FireShot Screen Capture #637 - 'Four Good Reasons Why Iran Doesn’t Trust America I TIME_com' - swampland_time_com_2013_10_15_four-good-reasons-why-iran-doesnt-trust-americaOn October 4, I wrote a piece here titled “What’s Missing From Time‘s Iran Timeline” about the magazine’s curious treatment of US-Iran history. Time had printed a sidebar graphic titled, “A History of Hostility–and Chances Missed.”

But as history goes it was remarkably thin on US actions that one might consider hostile–like the 1953 coup, the shooting down of a civilian airliner, or support for Iraq in its war against Iran, which included backing that country’s use of chemical weapons.

On October 15, Time‘s Michael Crowley wrote a piece for the magazine’s Swampland blog headlined “Four Good Reasons Why Iran Doesn’t Trust America: A Brief Survey of Justifiable Iranian Resentment.” Crowley notes that “it’s worth remembering that the US bears some blame for the poisoned state of the relationship between the two countries.”

Crowley ticks off four reasons Iran might not trust the United States–including the US-backed coup, the shooting down of Iran Air 665 and the US backing of Iraq’s use of chemical weapons.

In other words, everything they left out of their history of  US/Iranian resentment.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.