How the western media distorts Iranian reactions


People in Iran are seen out in the streets protesting. After Soleimani’s killing most Iranians were actually happy.

Elvis. Princess Diana. That’s who MSNBC’s Chris Matthews compared General Quassem Soleimani’s death to for the Iranian people.

“It turns out that this general [President Trump] killed was a beloved hero of the Iranian people,” he said on his show “Hardball”.

Although Matthews is an extremely idiotic example, it is part of a larger pattern of the western media’s failure to identify propaganda from the Iranian regime. When every cable news channel covers the weeping masses and packed crowds, it gives the Iranian regime legitimacy and paints a false narrative of Iran in hundreds of millions of American’s minds.

While Soleimani is touted as the second most popular man in Iran, he has not only killed hundreds of Americans but also killed thousands of Iranians, including the 1,500 protestors killed and 7,000 others arrested by the security forces, including units of Soleimani’s revolutionary guard.

As for the crowds, many people in Iran truly were mourning Soleimani’s death because of their own extreme views or their belief in propaganda from the regime. But the western media fails to point out that many students and officials were forced to come. The regime wants to make one of its top officials look powerful and meaningful to the people undercutting any images of resentment the west has. Young kids were told to cry or write about how much they loved Soleimani. Shops were shut down and free transportation was provided to draw big crowds in the streets.

The Associated Press predicted that about one million people attended Soleimani’s funeral. Yet, hundreds of thousands were forced or urged by the state to participate. During the protests last fall, millions took to the streets and were shot at under Soleimani’s watch, while the state shut off the internet.

Not to mention the total incompetence of the Iranian military, which accidentally fired down a Ukranian passenger plane killing 176 passengers.

In short, the Iranian people don’t love Soleimani. He’s not the cultural equivalent of Elvis; he’s not a martyr. He’s a symbol of silent Iranian descent of their oppressive regime amid the stupidity of the western media. While people in the U.S. become uneasy about the Iranian masses shouting death to America further intensifying this Iranian tension, the real story is that many Iranians are glad he is dead. They know their own regime’s extreme policies, evil intentions and oppressive actions that cause sanctions and misery for their people.

So, it’s the ayatollah who should be uneasy in power, hoping that the domestic tensions ease so they don’t lose the power to cause havoc and misery for 83 million people.

I am not arguing that killing Soleimani was a good policy choice within the broader context of the Middle East; however, Soleimani was a true terrorist, not an Iranian hero.

Americans have the right to know the true Iran. The one that doesn’t blindly support the regime, wants democracy and doesn’t hate America. The whole point of the western media reporting in places like Russia, North Korea and Iran is to push past the propaganda and get Americans the true story. In this instance, they not only failed to do that, but they also played right into the legitimacy and hands of the regime, warping the American public’s perception.