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The Today Show travels to Iran and gives a big fat kiss to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Golnaz Esfandiari can't quite believe it:

Instead of challenging the Iranian president, the NBC reporter, Ann Curry, asks him easy questions that are quite usual even on Iran's state media.

Curry: "Mr. President, why have you made this point to come to one of the poorest parts of Iran to highlight the art and the crafts?"

Ahmadinejad (through a translator): "I want to show that we all have some common humanity, human values."

NBC fails to ask why a president who is so committed to human values didn't speak up against the documented torture and rape of young people who were jailed for peacefully protesting his reelection.

The NBC reporter also doesn't ask the Iranian president whether, in his daily  reading, he looks at the countless letters from political prisoners and their families detailing the horrors they have to endure in prison.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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