According to the BBC, “A spokesman [for the Iranian government] said foreign media were ‘mouthpieces’ of enemy governments seeking Iran’s disintegration.” I have no love for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or the regime in Iran, but I think they might be on to something here.
American media has abandoned any pretense of objectivity when it comes to protests in Iran. I was watching CNN for a while last night and each and every pundit, expert, and correspondent took a hard line against the regime and in favor of the protesters. Don Lemon called Neda a martyr about a dozen times. Every Iranian they talked to was a dissident. There wasn’t a single attempt to represent the regime’s side of the story.
Where I think that the Iranian spokesman was wrong is in his characterization of the media as mouthpieces for “enemy governments.” What they look like to me are mouthpieces for the Iranian opposition. It’s natural that Americans and their media are sympathetic to the pro-Moussavi movement. But that doesn’t mean that everyone from Fox News to NPR should act as though they are the voice of the Moussavi government in exile.