Monday, June 15, 2009
US media hot to find election fraud in Iran
by Larry Geller
(Thanks to Viviane Lerner for pointer to this article)
It also has been curious to see U.S. news organizations care suddenly about legitimate elections when most of them ignored, ridiculed or covered-up evidence that George W. Bush stole the U.S. presidential election in 2000 and possibly in 2004 as well.
Journalist Robert Parry knows Iran. He broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s while reporting for the Associated Press and Newsweek. In What If Ahmadinejad Really Won? he presents arguments that the election was likely legit.
Contrasting the US media’s dismissal of fraud accusations in the US elections of 2000 and 2004 with their concern for election integrity in Iran:
Yet, when an election occurs in another country and an “unpopular” leader appears to win, an opposite set of rules apply. Anyone who doesn’t immediately accept the assumption of voter fraud is naïve; every “conspiracy theory” is cited respectfully while contrary evidence is downplayed or ignored….
Another irony is that Iran's religious leaders now have ordered an investigation of the fraud allegations in a country not known for its democratic institutions. That is more than Americans got in 2000 and 2004.
Parry cites an op-ed in today’s Washington Post which reports extensive polling in every province in Iran that produced roughly the same tallies as did the election.
This is a pretty good article to read before your morning paper arrives tomorrow with more news of “voter fraud” in Iran.