Iran Interrupted: Mossadegh, the Shah, Khomeini, and the US Press

by M Reza Behnam

“Journalism has often been called the first rough draft of history. If at all true, then American press coverage of Iran, which began in earnest 70 years ago, has never gotten past the incomplete, uninformed and inaccurate first draft version. Both Iranians and Americans have been victims of a distorted draft; distortions that have basically remained unchanged since America’s first intervention in Iran in 1953. The interdependence between the U.S. government and what looks like ‘its’ media has been readily apparent. With regard to Iran and the wider Middle East since the 1950s, the mainstream media have long engaged in deference journalism, providing the official U.S. narrative to the American public.” (09/14/23)