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:
After being accused…. by his words? That he has said many times? pic.twitter.com/uGtcoPeQZ8
— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) June 11, 2018
FFS, AP. Just give Ayatollah Khamenei a byline if that’s the angle you’re going with.
Iran’s leader sought to clarify his position on Israel after being ‘accused’ of threatening its destruction.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) June 11, 2018
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:
Our 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. 7/31/91#GreatReturnMarch
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 3, 2018
So why the hell does the AP feel the need to tiptoe around the obvious?
Hey @AP, are you even serious right now? Isn't the total destruction of Israel their main objective? When did Iran officially recognize Israel's right to exist?
— ragnar_rex (@ragnarrex) June 11, 2018
“Accused”, as used in politically charged debates, has two MSM functions: (1) when there is no evidence, but MSM has a narrative, or (2) there is evidence but it gets in the way of MSM narrative. Very versatile word, this is just MSM using (2).
— Captain Bastiat (@capnbastiatslaw) June 11, 2018
— jesse howard (@jmhowardiv) June 11, 2018