Joe Klein on Iran’s Election

TIME Columnist Joe Klein discusses his 10-day trip to Iran to cover the election. It is interesting to note that even mainstream journalists like Joe Klein are offering much more sober and nuanced analysis than people like Juan Cole (and Pepe Escobar who basically reproduces as original analysis whatever he reads on Cole’s blog) who have opted for partisan, emotive propaganda.

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Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

6 thoughts on “Joe Klein on Iran’s Election”

  1. It is a far balanced analysis as compared to many. I was listening to Pepes analysis at “Realnews”, the amount of BS he churned out in those 20 mins was just amazing. Commenting on the presidential debates he went on to call Ahmedin Nijad a lunatic, who had no connection with reality which was a complete lie. Here is a suggestion PULSE, Jon Stewart on his “The Daily Show” is running a segment; Jason Jones Behind the Veil – Ayatollah. It is doing a far better job then any of these guys.

  2. Pepe is a complete disappointment in this. Juan Cole is a complete disappointment in this. Joe Klein has for long been known as “Joke Line” on many of the major blogs. While I appreciate that he did a more balanced job of discussing it, he left out Mousavi’s known and knowable history of being not such a creampuff at all, and backed by corrupt people. He also didn’t mention the thousands of newly-minted Pahlavi Dynasty flags being waved in “pro-democracy” demonstrations all over the world. He also mentioned how helpful Iran can be in our imperialist activities in the region. So. No help.

    I also think that if you look at that code for that video you will find in there the word “true” somewhere and you should change it to “false” so the video won’t just start playing when one opens the page.

  3. *** and Pepe Escobar who basically reproduces as original analysis whatever he reads on Cole’s blog ***

    That’s pretty funny. Seriously, I think that’s an accurate statement.

  4. Wow… now I just watched the whole video. That was impressive. To be honest, I was skeptical. Joe Klein has always comes across as a mainstream, non-progressive Democratic Party leaning columnist. He’s also lashed out at progressive bloggers on several occasions.

    I’m still no fan of Klein. He’s certainly said and written a lot of obnoxious things but this was probably “the only” piece I’ve actually came away impressed with. Thanks for including this.

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