Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Iran's Khameini knows who is to blame 

A friendly nod to Little Green Footballs for pointing out this AP story:

Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday accused Western newspapers of an Israeli conspiracy for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.[...]

They were first published in Denmark in September and then reprinted recently by numerous European newspapers in the name of free speech. [...]

The caricatures amounted to a 'conspiracy by Zionists who were angry because of the victory of Hamas,' he said, referring to the Palestinian militant group that won a surprise landslide victory in last month's elections.
Wow, he must really think those AP reporters are idiots, if he thinks they're dumb enough to print a claim that Israel instigated publication of offensive cartoons as revenge for a Hamas election victory that wouldn't happen yet for months. The Mossad is good, but not that good. Not like some other organizations that can prepare backlash warnings before the lash.

Not that AP cairs, apparently. They printed Khameini's insane accusation completely uncritically. It seems journalistic objectivity involves little more than reporting unfiltered stupidity and contradictions as if they were established fact.

I'll write that down in my junior journalist's notebook with attribution to AP for the lesson.

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