BBC smothers reports of Iran's "moderate" president rubbishing Geneva nuclear deal
In yet another example that a piece of news that does not fit politically correct narratives does not get covered by the BBC, Iran's declaration that the West "surrendered" over nuclear talks is smothered
If you go onto the BBC website, as I have just done, and type in the word Rouhani -- after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani -- the last story you will find containing his name came on January 10. It was entitled: 'Very good progress' at Iran nuclear talks - EU."
So all is well then with Iran's new president, and the world can relax about the country's "alleged" nuclear programme in the knowledge that talk from warmongering rightwingers about Obama having had rings run round him like a damn fool can be safely put to rest. Hurrah!
The "moderate" Iranian president not only has the imprimatur of the BBC, but the EU too. Usually, that would be enough for me. But quite by accident I did a similar search on Rouhani's name (including the other spelling -- Rohani ) and forgot to add the letters "B", "B", and "C". At which point I confess to having had something of a mood change.
For the entire internet -- minus the UK media -- appears to be running something much more up to date about Rouhani which might well get in the way of that nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize that the BBC plainly believes he will be in the running for.
It's everywhere, at least in the United States: "The Superpowers Have Surrendered To Iran", reported the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). What?
It transpires that "moderate" Rouhani has the well known habit in his part of the world of saying one thing in English and another in his native tongue. Here is what he said yesterday (January 14) in a speech in the south eastern Iranian town of Ahwaz:
"In a few days, the Geneva agreement will be implemented. Do you know what the Geneva agreement is? It means the superpowers' surrender to the great Iranian nation... The Geneva agreement means the collapse of the floodgate of the sanctions forced unjustly upon the dear, peace-loving Iranian nation."
He then went on Twitter -- I'm sure the BBC has heard of it -- to tell anyone who had missed the speech in Farsi:
"Our relationship w/the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will".
Now, I found all this out by doing a quick search from my mother's kitchen up here in Yorkshire. I don't know how many thousand full time and freelance employees the BBC has got, but you'd have thought that at least one of them might have noticed and informed the newsroom that, as they say in these parts, there's, "trouble at mill."
So, I suppose there are only three real possibilities here.
First: not one single associate of the global operation that is the BBC noticed what is obviously a story of vast significance.
Second, some of them did notice but decided there was no point in informing the newsroom since they knew in advance it wouldn't fit the politically correct narrative and it wouldn't be worth the phone call.
Third, someone -- presumably now looking for another job -- did call it in and the newsroom deliberately smothered it.
I could go on. But I surely don't need to. The BBC is not a news organisation when it comes to places such as Iran and the wider Middle East, it is an activist group with a highly charged ideological agenda.
Rouhani's remarks are big news. But only if it's the truth you're interested in rather than the prevailing narratives of liberal-Left political correctness. Welcome to modern Britain!
Robin Shepherd is the owner and founder of The Commentator
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