Guardian’s Iran Shocker

guardians shocking iran article

I’ve been in Syria for the past six weeks so haven’t been reading the Guardian (or writing on this blog).

However, I just came across a May 22nd copy of the Guardian on Indymedia, which to be frank, was shocking.

The headline of the article reads: Iran’s secret plan for summer offensive to force US out of Iraq.

At this point, you might think: interesting story. However, at the end of the first paragraph, Simon Tisdall reveals his sources, writing “US officials say”.

Wow. How terrible is that journalism? The headline is not even in quotation marks. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to understand the skewed interests of ‘US officials’ and the likelihood of media manipulation.

Imagine if the Guardian broke a ‘story’ on its front page about US plans to carpet bomb Damascus, only to find out further down that their source was Iranian officials.

I must say I’m quite disappointed because I generally read the Guardian, although the Independent does have better Middle East coverage.

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ps went to the Iranian Cultural Institute in Damascus the other day and was invited to a recital of Khomeini’s poetry. Would have been comedy. Happy 100th birthday AK.

2 Responses to “Guardian’s Iran Shocker”


  • Even worse, the Readers’ Editor penned a half-arsed defence of this article earlier this week:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/readerseditor/story/0,,2094691,00.html

    To be honest, I don’t really get her article, it’s a bit mealy-mouthed. But it appears to say the Guardian trust their source and we should trust the Guardian, so there.

    At least the need to respond shows that lots of people agree with you, halfiranian, and told the Guardian so.

  • Hello Halfiranian,

    Long story, but I’m looking for an Iranian blogger for a programme I’m producing. Local radio, North East England. You’re not, by any remote chance or luck, living in the North East of the UK are you?
    If so, fancy talking about the letting off of steam?

    F

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