Ahmadinejad, Pious Superman

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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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