By now, it’s pretty much a given that the AP will find a way to let their bias creep into their “reporting. Still, this is pretty appalling, even for them:

FFS, AP. Just give Ayatollah Khamenei a byline if that’s the angle you’re going with.

The really weird thing is that the AP article goes on to acknowledge Khamenei’s call for Israel’s destruction:

Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials have repeatedly called for Israel’s demise, while saying Iran would only attack it in self-defense and bears no hostility toward Jews as a religious community.

Earlier this month, a tweet posted on Khamenei’s official Twitter account said Iran’s “stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen.” The account is run by Khamenei’s office and it’s not known if he dictates the tweets himself. The quote was from several years ago.

Here’s that tweet, by the way:

So why the hell does the AP feel the need to tiptoe around the obvious?