And, as we struggle to explain, we are constantly tripped up by confusing terminology.
News Giants Call on Iran to Free American Journalist
The leaders of 25 newsrooms and media advocacy groups are urging the U.S. government to secure Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian’s release from an Iranian prison. More.
Reality check:The Iranians know that almost all of them are simply operatives for the U.S. Democratic party in power, and therefore of no more significance, a such, than the farm dogs yapping because one of them ha been captured.
Naturally, obedient big legacies hoped that Obama would mention Jason Rezaian and other detainees in his State of the Union (SOTU) speech. But why bother? They are now only what he and his successors choose to make of them.
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