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From: Media Lens Editors, editor@medialens.org
Sent: 22 October 2010 11:24
To: simon.tisdall@guardian.co.uk
Subject: Dread juggernaut of Guardian propaganda on Iran

Dear Simon Tisdall,

Your latest world briefing [1] wouldn’t disgrace the website for US State Department press releases.

“The US is quietly ratcheting up economic and financial pressure on Iran”. But, “quietly” or not, whether such measures are bully-boy tactics or perhaps even illegal pass unmentioned.

The responsibility for “the dread possibility of military confrontation” lies with the official enemy Iran: “unless something fundamental changes soon at the heart of Iran's fundamentalist regime.”

Would you ever report: “unless something fundamental changes soon at the heart of the US’s fundamentalist regime.”?

“Chinese machinations aside...” Ah yes, shades of the cunning Fu Manchu there. Why not “American machinations aside...”?

“... there is little or no evidence so far that Iran's top leadership is willing, or can be forced, to fundamentally change its ways.”

Doesn’t this apply equally, or more so, to Washington:

“... there is little or no evidence so far that America's top leadership is willing, or can be forced, to fundamentally change its ways.”?

“Ahmadinejad's provocative posturing....”

That may be fair enough; but why would you never write of:

“Obama’s provocative posturing...” or “Cameron’s provocative posturing...”?

“And so the dread juggernaut of direct, physical confrontation rolls ever closer.”

Indeed, as fuelled by state propaganda carried in the pages of the Guardian.

“World briefing”? Yes, as seen from the seats of power in Washington and London.

Regards

David Cromwell

1. Simon Tisdale, ‘Dread juggernaut of conflict with Iran is drawing closer’, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 21 October 2010 15.00 BST; http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/oct/21/dread-possibility-of-conflict-with-iran
Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:38 pm
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