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NYT’s Passive, Misleading Coverage of Iran Political Protests Draws Mockery, Outrage

Posted on 02 January 2018

<p>As the protests in cities and towns across Iran enter their sixth day, the <em>New York Times</em> has caught a lot of flak in the wake of its passive, often misleading initial coverage of the political uprising, as people rebel against the oppressive state, and shout slogans blaming the government for focusing on Hezbollah and Palestine while ignoring issues at home. The paper’s Tehran-based reporter Thomas Erdbrink, who has a history of excuse-making for the regime, got off to an awful start with “Protests in Iran Over Economic Woes Spread, Including to the Capital.” It led with this<strong>:</strong> "Protests over the Iranian government’s handling of the economy spread to several cities on Friday, including Tehran, in what appeared to be a sign of unrest."</p>