Oct 22nd, 2009 by pedestrian
Naj has an excellent post about how the pro-Ahmadinejad media has been covering (or rather, NOT covering) the nuclear negotiations.
I’ve been watching IRIB for the past two days, trying to figure out the mood of that medium.
The most popular news program which airs on IRIB2, Bist o Si (8:30) started its news segment on imported oranges. The first five minutes of the half hour news program were dedicated to interviews done with local store owners about European and South American oranges which have recently hit the Iranian market. (You should note, that just last month, IRNA reported that fruit imports had increased by 63% in the past six months.)
The program then went on a full scale DEFENFSE of Madame Hillary Clinton and actually aired footage of Fox News criticizing her and then the Iranian presenter fired long and hard at Fox News in defense of Clinton.
The third segment of the night was a brief interview with Soltanieyh, who outlined that the negotiations were “to the full benefit” of Iran. Less than two minutes.
They then quoted the “Zionist” newspaper, Haaretz about the meeting between Iran and Israel, and declared that IAEA officials had denied these rumors. The bist o si host, a pesky, 20 something year old female mocking added: “once again, the Zionists are left alone.”
The bist o si special segment, which has in the past been dedicated to harassing Mousavi and Karoubi and the reports of prisoner abuse, had a special on the “awful environmental conditions in and around medical schools” and how that is unacceptable since medical practitioners criticize “the rest of society for not meeting environmental standards.”
The most interesting part of the program came before the special segment, when the pesky host spoke to Morteza Heydari. Morteza Heydari is IRIB’s best host. He sounds calm and peaceful, he doesn’t make ludicrous, outlandish comments.
He was the one who interviewed Atriyanfar and Hajjariyan a month ago.
He has been missing from TV ever since and people were wondering where he was.
Tonight, he announced that “he had gone overseas to get his phd and rumors of his falling out with IRIB are false.” Here’s a picture of his telephone interview:
I’m glad to say that with Heydari’s departure, there is no one left on IRIB who can look into the camera and act remotely decent.
IRIB1, which airs the next news program at 9, has started with a long, brutal attack on the U.K. for not loaning the Cyrus cylinder to Iran. IRIB’s rep in London is going on at lengths about Britaians “theft.”
Baghayi, the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Institute is invited and he’s giving a long interview.
The sad thing is that I agree with most of what they’re saying. But I remember IRIB’s coverage of the nuclear negotiations during the Khatami era and the absolute ludicrous, violent coverage of his nuclear negotiations which were aired on IRIB 24/7. I remember the night when news of the temporary Iranian halting of enrichment was reported and I remember the way bist o si and the nine o’clock news began by showing big images of Rowhani’s head (Iran’s nuclear negotiator at the time) and mocking the proceedings.
Now oranges and the Heritage institute seem to be more worthy of headline news?
Finally after the first ten minutes, the news anchor is talking about the rumored meeting with Israel again and the “Zionist plot” to discredit Iran.
This is preposterous.