The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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The Associated Press Plays Favorites

A photograph endorsed by the Iranian regime:

Pro-government Iranian demonstrators chant slogans, as one of them holds up a poster showing late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, in an annual demonstration in front of the former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, in a ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy by militant students on Nov. 4, 1979. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

A photograph sent in by the Iranian opposition:

This photo, taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran shows Iranian anti-riot police officers directing people during an anti-government protest, on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. Iranian security forces beat anti-government protesters with batons and fired tear gas Wednesday on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, witnesses and state media reported. The counter-demonstrations were the opposition's first major show of force on the streets of Tehran since mid-September that coincided with state-sponsored protests against Israel. (AP Photo) EDITORS NOTE AS A RESULT OF AN OFFICIAL IRANIAN GOVERNMENT BAN ON FOREIGN MEDIA COVERING SOME EVENTS IN IRAN, THE AP WAS PREVENTED FROM INDEPENDENT ACCESS TO THIS EVENT

The disclaimer portions of that caption makes it seem like the AP doesn't even want to cover this story. And, to add insult to injury, the AP editorial desk seems to confuse "directing people" with "threatening to beat them over the head with a baton," which I would think should be a somewhat bigger part of the story here.

You know, in another era, an honest press would have run to the aid of any stringer that provided stuff like this. With offers of employment. With offers of protection. With official status as somebody that's covering Something The World Needs To Know About.

Not so the modern press.

Rather than doing all of that, these faceless editors hedge their bets behind their desks, content to do nothing but rebroadcast official propaganda from the nation that has promised to wipe Israel off the map (and almost has the nuclear capability to actually attempt to do so).

If this is what passes for "journalism" these days, then perhaps the field is far deader than I thought already.

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Comments:

#1 captainfish 04-Nov-2009

If you hadn't told me that the second photo was from an Iranian protest event, I would have sworn it was the UN beating sick people who were stampeding to get the miracle-working flu shots.

I mean, everyone is covering their faces and mouths.  Some with medical masks.  Could this be a future scene of a state-mandated quarentine?

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