A trip to the fringe….with Daniel Pipes

I appeared on “Press TV” again yesterday (the previous time was just a week ago). That’s the Iranian-government’s English-language television channel. This episode, on a show some one with a sense of humor called “News Analysis,” was the most hair-brained and loony of my 35 years going on television.

The ostensible topic was the just-signed $633-billion “National Defense Authorization Act” and specifically its section 1248, “Impositions of Sanctions with Respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting” i.e., sanctions on Press TV itself.

In fact, thanks to the selection as fellow panelists of two left-wing conspiracy theorists, Kevin Barrett and Joe Iosbaker, the show barely touched on anything so mundane as NDAA section 1248. Instead, the audience was treated to such tidbits as 9/11 having been a “pro-Israel coup d’état” and the U.S. government running torture chambers all over the world. Indeed, viewers would have heard me accused of being a torturer.

If you want a trip to the fringe, view the segment.

Although not good for my dignity, I appear on channels like Press TV because they provide an opportunity to reach those who normally would not hear me. I tend to think they are worth the trouble.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Pipes