‘Don’t look there, look here!’

UK media much more excited about Iran protests than those in neighboring France

Neil Clark – RT Jan 13, 2020

Protests in Tehran (left), getting maximum media coverage, and Paris (right), getting zilch. Click to enlarge

Iran is thousands of miles away from Britain, yet because the power elites support them, anti-government protests in Tehran receive much wider coverage in the UK than the ones in France, just across the Channel.

How many British people have ever visited Iran? How many have lived there or have second homes there?

I suspect the figures are very small. It’s quite a contrast with France. In 2018, it was revealed that France came top in a survey of countries which Britons had visited. 76% of Brits had been to France at some time in their lives. According to the UK government’s own website, about 17m Britons visit France each year.

The last time I went to France was in October. Then there’s the expats. In 2017, France was home to 190,000 UK-born people. For many Brits, a year (or more) in Provence is a reality.

Now let’s pretend you’re a UK news editor. You’d think it would be reasonable to assume that British TV viewers would be more interested in mass anti-government street protests in France, a country they know very well, than in faraway Iran, wouldn’t you?

Yet, the reality is that while this weekend’s anti-government protests in Iran (over the unintentional shooting down of a Ukranian airliner), led the news bulletins and were the top story for all Sunday on the BBC website, the coverage of the protests in France, and a nationwide strike over pension reform, has been scant.

The French are famously quick to say ‘Non’ to things they don‘t like, but even by their standards, the protests taking place there have been quite extraordinary. Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vests) demonstrations have been held across the country every weekend since December 2018.

Last weekend was ‘Act 61.’ In Paris, the protesters were pelting police with stones, trying to erect barricades in the streets and setting dumpsters on fire. Police responded with volleys of tear gas and force.

At the same time, a general strike against President Macron’s planned pension age hike from 62 to 64 reached its 31st day. Macron in response temporarily suspended the planned hike. Moral of the story is that direct action works.

Yet, none of this, which again I stress is taking place just across the English Channel, was deemed worthy of being a lead news item in the UK. Neither it must be said was the march of thousands in Glasgow to demand Scottish independence from the UK! Isn’t that astonishing?

Instead, we woke up on Sunday to extensive coverage of anti-government (sorry, ‘anti-regime’) protests thousands of miles away in Iran. The punditocracy have the same laser-like Iranian focus. Contrast the number of tweets and statements they put out about the weekend protests in Tehran with their lack of interest in the Gilets Jaunes and demonstrations in France.

It’s not just the differing level of coverage which is striking (no pun intended). It’s the way the protests are framed. Iranian ‘anti-regime’ street protestors, like those in Venezuela twelve months ago or in Hong Kong, are clearly very much approved of. Donald Trump sends them his support, and neocon fanatic John Bolton can hardly conceal his excitement, tweeting “Regime Change is in the air”.

But the Gilets Jaunes don’t get this elite backing. Instead they’ve been besmirched. They‘ve been accused of ‘anti-Semitism’, of being far-left and far-right. In fact the Yellow Vests is an incredibly democratic, grassroots movement, open to all who feel angry about the iniquitous status quo. It is totally organic, and not under the control of any political party, or factional grouping, which is probably why the power elites are so scared of it. The Gilets Jaunes protests receive minimal and, when it comes, begrudging coverage because our rulers don’t want us to copy it in Britain.

Instead they’d rather we cheer on civil unrest in oil-rich Iran, knowing that anything which weakens the Iranian government serves their greedy, hegemonic interests. Those interests are not just about getting hold of the enormous reserves of crude oil and natural gas which Iran possesses (a new oil field with an estimated 53 billion barrels was discovered only in November). It‘s also about smashing the Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah axis of resistance to the neocon project for total control of the Middle East and ‘taking out’ any independent actors who support the Palestinians.

This is not, I must stress, to criticise Iranian protestors or their reasons for taking to the streets but to highlight the wider agenda of those saying to us: ‘Don‘t look over there (France), look over here (Iran)! Once again, as was the case over the Great Iraqi WMDs hoax, news editors have allowed themselves to be the puppets of the powerful.

 

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5 responses to “‘Don’t look there, look here!’”

  1. “Iran is thousands of miles away from Britain, yet because the power elites support them, anti-government protests in Tehran receive much wider coverage in the UK than the ones in France, just across the Channel”

    Could it be because our British leaders, like those of America are subject to Israeli influence?.

  2. A good day to hide bad news
    The word spin is used every day now to distract the public from the NWO agenda being forced on us.
    You can have football -bollox homosexual bollox or that little jewish tart Greta Thunberg
    but you cannot and must not have truth.

  3. Quote:UK media much more excited about Iran protests than those in neighboring France.
    There’s a simple reason for that ??
    The Froggies protesters placards are in French only & Not in English, like in Iran, or other Non English speaking countries ?? So the UK media doesn’t publish it, because it would be useless, not many English people can read French, or like in Iran if it was written in Farsi ?? Who can read Farsi in UK ?? This is why Iranian protesters make their placards in English ? For the benefit of UK media …

  4. But but the establishment isn’t out to burst France`s sovereignty bubble.
    Maybe the vesties need to pay Macaire for some exposure I heard he comes cheap.

  5. Both agendas serve a purpose: cover Iran because it is in the Anglo-American Israeli Alliance (Israel Lobby control) interest to demonize Iran to eliminate Iran so IsraHell can control the ME (Greater Israel) and Anglo-American Military-Industrial-Intelligence-Complex can increase profits along with their Oil Companies.

    Next, do not cover France over its Yellow Vest protests so Brits do NOT get the same idea. The idea is the Government wants to raise the retirement age because the government (all national governments globally) does NOT have the money to pay the pensions and benefits for retirees. In addition, the government (all national governments globally) want you to continue to feed ( by buying/spending, economic stimulus) the Rothschild Central Banking Scheme to keep it going at your expense until it collapses, at which time the Elites will buy up al the assets for pennies on the Dollar or pence on the Pound or Cents on the Euro. They want the sheeple to keep the Rothschild Ponzi scheme going by keeping you working longer since fewer children (future workers/taxpayers) are being born to White Europeans, while the migrants get all their stuff free, paid for by the government. Besides Jew control of the Media, that is why the coverage is the way it is due to the agendas.