US Media Campaign to Discredit Iranian Election
via Atheo News – June 13, 2009
We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran, but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide" - Hillary Rodham Clinton at a news conference with Canada's foreign affairs minister.
Was the Iranian election a fraud?
That’s what our great western media sources want us to believe. While scanning through the coverage, I could not find one mainstream news article which covered the election results in an objective, unbiased manner. Either prominently displayed in the title or first paragraph, each of the articles suggest the election was a fraud.
It’s worth noting that Iran, unlike the US, does not use electronic voting machines which are easily tampered with. They actually have paper ballots. It’s also important to point out the health of their electoral process. They had an 85% turnout! We, “the champions of democracy” turnout only a fraction of that percentage for our presidential elections. In fact 2 out of 3 American citizens find something better to do during election day.
Reuters Iran’s election result staggers analysts
"Hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defeated moderate challenger Mirhossein Mousavi by a surprisingly wide margin in Iran’s presidential election, official results showed on Saturday. Mousavi derided the tally as a “dangerous charade.’"
Fox News: U.S. Monitoring Iran’s Election Results
“U.S. officials are casting doubt over the results of Iran’s election, in which the government declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner Saturday…U.S. analysts find it “not credible [Notice the usual UN-NAMED "US Officials and Analysts]”
MSNBC: Violence flares as Ahmadinejad wins Iran vote
“Riot police battled with protesters Saturday as officials announced that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won a landslide election victory. His opponent denounced the results as ‘treason’….Ahmadinejad had the apparent backing of the ruling theocracy.”
CNN: Ahmadinejad wins landslide in disputed election
“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been declared the big winner in the country’s election, but his chief rival and supporters in the Tehran streets are crying foul.”
NY Times: Ahmadinejad Is Declared Victor in Iran
"The Iranian government declared an outright election victory for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday morning, and riot police officers fought with supporters of the opposition candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, who insisted that the election had been stolen."
Time Magazine: Protests Greet Ahmadinejad Win in Iran: ‘It’s Not Possible!
“Iran’s Interior Minister announced Saturday that incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won 63.29% of the vote in the nation’s closely watched presidential poll. The announcement, greeted with widespread skepticism by Iranian opposition supporters and by foreign analysts, has brought thousands of people onto the streets where they have encountered a strong police presence and the threat of violence.”
Was the election stolen?
According to the Iranian Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, there has been no ‘written complaint’ about voter fraud. He declared that the presidential elections were conducted in a manner that ruled out the possibility of voter fraud. “No violations that may have influenced the vote have been reported, and we have received no written complaint,” he said in response to a question posed by an Italian reporter.
It’s also worth mentioning that contrary to what our media would have us believe, Ahmadinejad doesn’t have much power in Iran. The President is not the most powerful person in the country. He is not the commander in chief and does not control the army and the intelligence and security services. He does not have the power to go to war. Those powers are reserved for the supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini.
Comment – June 14, 2009
Initially this website was taken in by reports alleging a potential landslide win for Mousavi. It soon became apparent however, that the Western mainstream media was acting in unison over the Iranian election. Together with Mousavi’s alleged links with neocon Michael Ledeen, it seems that we are seeing a disinformation campaign to discredit the Iranian election on par with the one to promote the fable of Saddam’s Weapon’s of Mass Destruction.
As we now know, that ultimately proved false but paved the way for the invasion of Iraq.
It’s anyone’s guess where this will lead but it’s as well to be wary of disinformation dressed up as ‘journalism’.
Last updated 18/06/2009