I don’t watch TV.
I’m not necessarily against it, but the information content is so low that it just doesn’t make any sense to spend the time. And, the shows that are supposed to be entertaining… well, so many of them aren’t that I don’t bother.
So, I don’t watch TV.
However, I made an exceptionÂ this pastÂ Saturday.
I was doing something pretty mindless and had a few brain cells left for a television program. So, I turned on CNN. They had something mildly interesting on,Â the Lou Dobbs show. Then, at 4 p.m.Â they broadcastÂ a special report on Ahmadinejad by Christiane Amanpour. The report wasÂ appropriately titledÂ Soldier of God. To the uninitiated, the program would have been excellent. And, as a general intro to the leader of Iran, it was pretty good.
However, the most interesting bitÂ of information was the fact that Ms. Amanpour left out the most important details about Ahmadinejad. She didn’t say anything about his involvement in the special units of the Revolutionary Guard, or the fact that he is one of the founders of theÂ QudsÂ Force. Nothing was said of his involvementÂ in theÂ assault on the US EmbassyÂ on Nov. 4, 1979. Nor was there anythingÂ said of his direct involvement with the hostages, or how heÂ strenuously advocated executing them. Nothing was said about how he claims to be meeting with the Mahdi.
Then there was the stuff that WAS said. She did mention the death threats against the US and Israel, but it was a limp presentation. TheÂ nuclear weapons program was mentioned, but it was a limp presentation. Mention was made to Iran’s involvement in terrorism in Iraq, but it was a limp presentation.
Ahmadinejad is in front, second from the right, and
holding the left arm of the blind-folded hostage.
Those who watched the CNN presentation would hardly have come away with even a vague sense of unease. They wouldÂ not have felt threatened. They wouldÂ not have feltÂ any sense of urgency.
Whether or not they were deliberately underplaying the Iranian threat is hard to know. They could have been concernedÂ about their ‘journalistic integrity’ and didn’t want to whip up a furor. They could have felt that the program was best targeted toÂ the lowest common denominator. They could have felt that the average American was ill equiped to grasp the implications. WhoÂ knows?
However, I do know this. Christiane Amanpour isÂ Iranian. She KNOWSÂ who Ahmadinejad is, and she KNOWS his true background. She KNOWS what is going on in Iran, and she KNOWS how real the threat is.
Not saying what she KNOWS is doing us a terrible disservice.Â