Iran is in the midst of three days of mourning for the death of Qassem Soleimani, and the Associated Press has taken it upon themselves to report on the emotional state of Ayatollah Khamenei:
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wept openly at the funeral for Gen. Qassem Soleimani. His tears give insight into how the death of the commander killed in a U.S. strike is being felt personally by the supreme leader. https://t.co/JuUCNNtyxQ
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 6, 2020
Need a Kleenex, AP?
The AP and all journos are in mourning https://t.co/5Y9wMzSuw6
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 6, 2020
That appears to be the case.
AP: The Ayatollah wept, tears of Soleimani sorrow streaming down his face as rivulets of remorse, aa he recalled their bond of butchery and bloodshed. https://t.co/vCqiDygPGP
— Razor (@hale_razor) January 6, 2020
Fixed it. pic.twitter.com/yPLYecVU27
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) January 6, 2020
This is actual propaganda.
We’re to suddenly forget about the Khamenei we’ve known for the past forty years? He’s somehow deserving of an emotionally-angled sympathy piece?
Charming, but revealing. It’s becoming clearer with each silly, desperate article. https://t.co/l6aalakOyX
— ?Misplaced Swamp Tortoise? (@RaySchneid) January 6, 2020
Sorry for your loss @AP ……
— Rhonda Koenig (@Rhondako) January 6, 2020
When American news outlets are just..Iran state outlets.
— Rachel ???? (@RaychelTania) January 6, 2020
Pro tip: outright sympathy for terrorists isn't a good look on anyone, including those working in the Associated Press.
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) January 6, 2020
Looks like AP is mourning too. Sorry for your loss. https://t.co/PdYGtICQw6
— Adeola of Lagos (@Rx_Deyholar) January 6, 2020
Sorry for your loss. I know he meant a lot to you guys.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 6, 2020
This is actual propaganda
— Adam Trahan (@AdamTrahan) January 6, 2020
Is it propaganda if it brings me great joy?
— Rebekah Sanderlin (@rsanderlin) January 6, 2020
The media remain mostly quiet about what Iranian leadership stands for:
Remember how Iran criminalizes homosexuality with death, wants Jews wiped off the map, and kills Americans? It's a damn shame you're showing more reverence toward the ayatollah than an entire side of the aisle in American politics
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 6, 2020
Would CNN care to do a two-hour town hall meeting about women’s rights and gay rights in Iran? We didn’t think so.