Tehran Bureau
September 28, 2009 2:03 PM   Subscribe

Tehran Bureau, the independent Iran news website which became indispensable during the post-election protests in June, has found a new home at PBS's Frontline, which is taking them under its wing by financing and hosting the Web site and providing editorial support. [Via]
posted by homunculus (15 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Roger Cohen: The U.S.-Iranian Triangle
posted by homunculus at 2:09 PM on September 28, 2009


Well, what else should we have expected from those running dog lackeys of the Americans? If you had ever doubted that they were anti-Islamic, counter-revolutionary puppets of the Zionists and their American lapdogs, now you have your proof!
posted by darth_tedious at 2:10 PM on September 28, 2009


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posted by cavalier at 2:13 PM on September 28, 2009


Actually, Cohen's column above is good. Sanctions won't work, and will only strengthen a regime whose foundations are cracking-- and more to the point, there's not a whole lot that can be done to stop the Iranians, because the Iranian nuke program has broad popular support within Iran, even among those groups opposed to the regime itself.
posted by darth_tedious at 2:15 PM on September 28, 2009


What a great partnership.
posted by ericb at 2:21 PM on September 28, 2009


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posted by Mayor Curley at 2:24 PM on September 28, 2009


This makes me think about the fact that Katie Couric's annual salary is more than the combined budgets of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered combined.

Can you imagine the amount of quality journalism that could be done if celebrity anchors were replaced?

It doesn't take much to support great reporting. Hats off to PBS for the financial support.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 2:30 PM on September 28, 2009


What, and lose the ENTERTAINMENT in NEWS ENTERTAINMENT?

Mmmm... sarcasm....
posted by cavalier at 2:44 PM on September 28, 2009


Can you imagine the amount of quality journalism that could be done if celebrity anchors were replaced?

With what? Rocks?

I'm sorry, were you under the impression these people went to college and majored in Corporate News Presentation or applied for the Nightly Network News Representative position? These people probably started as "journalists" but soon discovered there was more money in being an on-air lackey and delivering only what the executives wanted the viewers to hear and what infotainment junkies wanted to see.

It doesn't take much to support great reporting.

Yes. Yes it does. Sadly, it requires you to be more proactive than the aforementioned rocks that watch the news and fill out the ratings books. You also have to do everything you can to support independent and groundbreaking journalism both financially and socially. You have to make donations, and you have to sponsor these outlets. You have to be willing to make sure people understand why you are more informed than they and have the ability to carry your message over the bleating of "4 Legs good, 2 legs baaaad!"

In short, you have to be a little more aware than your post implied.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 2:50 PM on September 28, 2009


“Which one of them can be expected to care about the agony their behaviour imposes on people?” he asked of Iran’s current leaders. “If we don’t care about what harms those living in this land, nobody will.”Iran reformist Presidential candidate turned opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi arguing against further economic sanctions on Iran by western nations.
posted by netbros at 4:31 PM on September 28, 2009




Bathtub, I'm not quite sure why you're calling me stupid for commending PBS extending its hand to the Tehran Bureau. Please elaborate.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 4:52 PM on September 28, 2009


Bathtub, I'm not quite sure why you're calling me stupid for commending PBS extending its hand to the Tehran Bureau. Please elaborate.

I think he was taking exception to the notion that there would be more reporting if the celebrity news readers were replaced because (and I'm probably projecting here) for-profit news is always going to stink no matter who's reading it, not that the Tehran Bureau is a bad thing.

However, s/he was over-the-top abrasive about it and that's saying a lot coming from me. And I'm not entirely sure that I got the gist of it either. So I think it's best to just ignore it.
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:27 PM on September 28, 2009






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