Iranian Press Knows About Bias

Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 03:17 PM

Free press is hard to find, and you sure won't find it in Iran.  Here's a recent headline from The Tehran Times: "Opinion poll in Belgium supports Mottaki's views on cartoons"

Respondents in the poll (Moroccans living in Belgium ) were asked:

Was Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki right in criticizing in Brussels the cartoons as showing lack of respect to 1.5 billion Muslims?

The problem with the headline?  Only "Forty-five percent of the respondents said they completely agreed" with the Foreign Minister's statement.  Another 33.5% said he was exaggerating and pouring oil on the fire, while a whopping 21.5% simply had no opinion.

Yeah, that's "support" for a statement like Bush won a "mandate" in 2004.

Free press.  Wishful thinking.