Skip to comments.Iran and the Art of the Deal, Obama Style
Posted on 01/02/2018 6:19:19 AM PST by NOBO2012
Now that the new year has blown in with full force, most of the holiday goodies have been consumed and thoughts turn to taking the tree down, we tune back into the news. Or more specifically, the lack of news in the case of the Iranian uprising. Aside from a leaked memo to Fox News indicating panic within the Iranian regime no news source in the U.S. seems to find this much of a newsworthy story.
Why Cant the American Media Cover the Protests in Iran you ask? Question asked and answered, by Lee Smith (h/t Instapundit) -highlights added:
As widespread anti-regime protests in Iran continue on into their third day, American news audiences are starting to wonder why the US media has devoted so little coverage to such dramaticand possibly history-makingevents. Ordinary people are taking their lives in their hands to voice their outrage at the crimes of an obscurantist regime that has repressed them since 1979, and which attacks and shoots dead them in the streets. So why arent the protests in Iran making headlines?
The short answer is that the American media is incapable of covering the story, because its resources and available story-lines for Iran reporting and expertise were shaped by two powerful official forcesthe Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Obama White House. Without government minders providing them with story-lines and experts, American reporters are simply lostand it shows.
It nearly goes without saying that only regime-friendly Western journalists are allowed to report from Iran, which is an authoritarian police state that routinely tortures and murders its political foes.
If the people who donned pink pussy hats to resist Donald Trump are one of the years big stories, surely people who are shot dead in the streets in Iran for resisting an actual murderous theocracy might also be deserving of a shout-out for their bravery.
The author is rather brutal to the New York Times,
Yet the Posts virtual news blackout on Iran was still more honorable than The New York Times, whose man in Tehran Thomas Erdbrink is a veteran regime mouthpiece whose official government tour guide-style dispatches recall the shameful low-point of Western media truckling to dictators: The systematic white-washing of Joseph Stalins monstrous crimes by Times Moscow correspondent Walter Duranty.
And he completely annihilates the rest of the Fake News Networks:
Networks like like CNN and MSNBC which have gambled their remaining resources and prestige on a #Resist business model are in even deeper trouble. Providing media therapy for a relatively large audience apparently keen to waste hours staring at a white truck obscuring the country club where Donald Trump is playing golf is their entire business modela Hail Mary pass from a business that had nearly been eaten alive by Facebook and Google. First down! So it doesnt matter how many dumb Trump-Russia stories the networks, or the Washington Post, or the New Yorker get wrong, as long as viewership and subscriptions are upright?
The problem, of course, is that the places that have obsessively run those stories for the past year arent really news outfitsnot anymore. They are in the aromatherapy business. And the karmic sooth-sayers and yogic flyers and mid-level political operators they employ as experts and reporters simply arent capable of covering actual news stories, because that is not part of their skill-set.
And then there is this, the pièce de résistance the entire section is highly notable; and damning:
The current media landscape was shaped by years of an Obama administration that made the nuclear deal its second-term priority. Talking points on Iran were fed to reporters by the White Houseand those who veered outside government-approved lines could expect to be cut off by the administrations ace press handlers, like active CIA officer Ned Price. Its totally normal for American reporters to print talking points fed to them daily by a CIA officer who works for a guy with an MA in creative writing, right?* But no one ever balked. The hive-mind of todays media is fed by minders and validated by Twitter in a process that is entirely self-enclosed and circular; a story means that someone gave you sources who validate the agreed upon story-line. Someone has to feed these guys so they can writewhich is tough to do when real events are unfolding hour by hour on the ground.
The current coverage of the protests sweeping across Iran is bad by design. The Obama administration used the press to mislead the American public in order to win the presidents signature foreign policy initiative. The bill for that program of systematic misinformation is still coming in, and the price is much higher than anyone could have imagined, including more than 500,000 dead in Syria and an American press incapable of understanding, never mind reporting, that this death toll was part of Obamas quid pro quo for the nuclear deal.
And yet they persist: (responses are interesting)
* Lest anyone forget, Smith is referring, above, to Ben Rhodes, Obamas Senior Security Advisor.
John Kerry, BO, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes members of the Obama Iranian brain trust since 2008
Heres Foreign Policy Magazines (hardly a right-wing publication) profile on him, in which they call Ben an overweening little schmuck their words, not mine and discuss the NYTs article about him (The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obamas Foreign-Policy Guru):
"His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations like military or diplomatic service, or even a masters degree in international relations, rather than creative writing is still startling."
Although nowhere near as startling as the fact that the media just took the creatively fabricated story and ran with it, no questions asked. We covered it here, on MOTUS, at the time in The Story of O: As Written By a Failed Novelist:
I note this only to illustrate how you can get away with truly remarkable lies if you have the cooperation of the media. Every modern day tyrant has understood that, implicitly As long as the complicit media goes along with the lie, you can continue to fabricate with impunity:
Like Obama, Rhodes is a storyteller who uses a writers tools to advance an agenda that is packaged as politics but is often quite personal. He is adept at constructing overarching plotlines with heroes and villains, their conflicts and motivations supported by flurries of carefully chosen adjectives, quotations and leaks from named and unnamed senior officials. He is the master shaper and retailer of Obamas foreign-policy narratives, at a time when the killer wave of social media has washed away the sand castles of the traditional press.
As Rhodes admits, its not that hard to shape the narrative. All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus, Rhodes said. Now they dont. They call us to explain to them whats happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. Thats a sea change. They literally know nothing. - PJ Media
So in case youve ever wondered where the brilliant Obama-era narratives came from, now you know: they came from the M.F.A. program at N.Y.U. and the creative mind of one Ben Rhodes. If the entire 8 years of Obama seemed more like a movie set or a reality show than history, now you know why.
If this image of Obama reminds you of Close Encounters (of the alien kind) its not accidental
If a tree falls in the forest and the media do not cover it, does it still make a sound?
Awesome article, thanks for posting it.
Thanks NOBO2012. The first storey of this is that Obama could always count (and still can count) on the media carrying his poisoned water. The Sophocles quote is a nice touch, btw. Note also that the cabinet meeting picture has Zero looking thoughtful -- gosh, it's almost asi if it was a posed shot.
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