Nick Cohen spells it out:
If whites ran Press TV, one would have no difficulty in saying it was a neo-Nazi network. It welcomes British Holocaust-deniers such as Nicholas Kollerstrom, fascist ideologues such as Peter Rushton, the leader of the White Nationalist party – an organisation that disproves the notion that the only thing further to the right of the BNP is the wall – along with, until recently, Ken Livingstone, Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, who showed no embarrassment about the company his Iranian paymasters kept.
Press TV is not just a home for those with exterminationist fantasies about wiping Israel off the map, but a platform for the full fascist conspiracy theory of supernatural Jewish power. Other fantasies follow. The 9/11 attacks on Washington and New York and 7/7 attacks on London were inside jobs, according to its commentators. Plots emanating from Buckingham Palace, and orchestrated by that sinister figure, the Queen, threaten its journalists.
As pertinently, the hatreds it fosters are as much directed against Iranians as the regime’s enemies. Press TV shows once again that the first task for servants of a dictatorship is to control their own people. Writing on Gozaar, an invaluable website from Iran’s democratic opposition, a former journalist described how eager his colleagues were to justify the suppression of Iran’s 2009 uprising. A handful of anchors and photographers quit their jobs, he said, but most had no problem churning out reports that labelled protesters as terrorists.
The loyal hacks were not only Iranian mozdoor – “mercenaries” – as they are known in Tehran, but foreign journalists too. “The majority of the American-Iranian and British-Iranian staffers championed Press TV’s coverage as a counterbalance to what they considered biased warping of the story by western media,” the ex-reporter said. “Iranian knee-jerk conspiracy thinking was embossed in their minds.”
Not much “due impartiality and due accuracy” in Press TV’s reporting of the Iranian revolution then: it was all cover-up and no coverage. Nor did the network give due prominence or right of reply to those who opposed Iran’s support for Syria’s suppression of its revolutionaries. Jody Sabral, who by her own account was a rather naive reporter, took a job as Press TV’s Istanbul correspondent. She thought it would be her “lucky break” into broadcasting. She wised up fast and appealed to liberal-leftists who make excuses for anti-western tyrannies – come on, you know who you are – to hear her out.
After months of ignoring the Syrian revolt against Iran’s clients in the ruling Alawite clique, a Press TV editor allowed her to go to Turkey’s border with Syria to talk to the refugees running for their lives. On no account was she to discuss their suffering, however. The real “story” was that Turkey was smuggling weapons to the Syrian revolutionaries. “When I asked what our source was, he couldn’t answer, and instead he replied, ‘Turkey will do anything to get into the EU.’ It was a laughable response and I obviously refused to go.”
She resigned and told tyrannophile westerners that the “next time you blindly back an alternative voice such as Press TV because it suits your own political view take a moment to question the quality of that information”.
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