Why Can’t the American Media Cover the Protests in Iran?

As widespread anti-regime protests in Iran continue on into their third day, American news audiences are starting to wonder why the US media has devoted so little coverage to such dramatic—and possibly history-making—events. Ordinary people are taking their lives in their hands to voice their outrage at the crimes of an obscurantist regime that has repressed them since 1979, and which attacks and shoots them dead in the streets. So why aren’t the protests in Iran making headlines?

The short answer is that the American media is incapable of covering the story, because its resources and available story-lines for Iran reporting and expertise were shaped by two powerful official forces—the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Obama White House. Without government minders providing them with story-lines and experts, American reporters are simply lost—and it shows.

It nearly goes without saying that only regime-friendly Western journalists are allowed to report from Iran, which is an authoritarian police state that routinely tortures and murders its political foes. The arrest and nearly two-year detention of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian drove this point home to American newsrooms and editors who might not have been paying attention. The fact that Rezaian was not an entirely hostile voice who showed “the human side” of the country only made the regime’s message more terrifying and effective: We can find you guilty of anything at any time, so watch your step.

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  • Not why CAN’T. Why WON’T.

    • This is true.

    • ECM

      The last pillar in Obama’s foreign policy project is presently burning to the ground, and the media doesn’t want anyone to know anything about it–unless it can somehow be spun as a failure of Trump.

      • Why doesn’t anyone ask Obama how he feels to have his legacy over-written? After all, he was never out of the limelight.

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    • disqusW6sf

      Yep. That pretty much tells it all.

  • Brett_McS

    Plus, they don’t want to. Because it would embarrass Bazza.

  • Hard Little Machine

    As soon as the usual suspects agree on their blame it on Trump narrative they will cover the shit out of it