It seems the liberal media just can’t help itself as reports continue to portray the funeral crowds for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani as epic and monumental.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews actually compared the “outpouring of grief” for the terrorist mastermind killed by U.S. airstrike last week to that seen after the deaths of Elvis Presley and Princess Diana.
“When some people die, you don’t know what the impact is going to be. When Princess Diana died, for example, there was a huge emotional outpouring,” Matthews said on “Hardball” Wednesday. “Elvis Presley in our culture.”
“It turns out that this general we killed was a beloved hero of the Iranian people to the point where — look at the people, we got pictures up now — these enormous crowds coming out. There’s no American emotion in this case, but there’s a hell of a lot of emotion on the other side,” he said. “Should our leaders know what they’re doing when they kill somebody?”
Matthews is not alone among his liberal media cohorts who seem to have a one-sided fixation with the portrayal of Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps which the State Department has designated a terrorist organization. Plenty of Democrats and political talking heads agreed the military leader was a “bad guy” but couldn’t credit the Trump administration for its actions to protect Americans.
Democrats: Soleimani Was a Bad Guy, But…
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) January 9, 2020
MSNBC’s Katy Tur was amazed by the “stunning” outpouring and the immense crowd sizes at the funeral and burial which experienced a delay when a stampede erupted, killing dozens of people.
An interview with New York Times reporter Farnaz Fassihi drew an equally ridiculous parallel between the Iranians’ expression of grief and the American reaction at the death of Martin Luther King Jr.
Fassihi reported Tuesday on “The Daily” podcast about reactions from many people she spoke to who said Soleimani “protected our national security. He transcended politics. He was a national hero.”
“What you are describing feels like the kind of unified national outpouring that is reserved for a small handful of figures in any country,” host Michael Barbaro told Fassihi. “I mean, a beloved president, a civil rights leader like Martin Luther King in the United States. Not for what our colleagues have described as a general who specializes in covert operations in Iran.”
“I think it’s difficult for most people in the United States and outside of Iran and perhaps the region to grasp the unique place and role that General Soleimani played in Iran and in regional politics,” Fassihi said. “He was singlehandedly the most revered and influential character in Iran.”
She noted that “there were plenty of Iranians who did not love or respect General Soleimani, but there were activists, there were opposition figures who had been jailed by the regime who attended.”
Of course, the left torched Republican Congressman Doug Collins when he dared to accuse Democrats of being “in love with terrorists.” But over the course of the last few days of escalating tensions with Iran, the liberal media and lawmakers have, for reasons lacking sanity, bashed Trump while nearly erecting a pedestal for Iran. Hollywood celebrities, including rabid anti-Trump filmmaker Michael Moore, even apologized to the Islamic regime.
In the relentless race to take down Trump in any way, the left has championed the Iranian people without actually listening to them.
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad set the record straight in an op-ed in the Washington Post on Monday.
“For anyone watching, I have one piece of advice: Don’t take what you’re seeing at face value,” he said of the televised reports of funeral crowds. “The media in the Islamic Republic is heavily controlled. Public gatherings are allowed only if they are pro-regime. Critics are jailed or shot…So it’s not hard to use all the tools and resources of the state to stage a funeral procession.”
There were plenty of voices on social media concurring as well. But the mainstream media apparently prefers to put journalism on the back burner while glorifying the grief over a dead terrorist.
Equating a terrorist to Elvis and Princess Diana.
— Kevin McCarthy (@kevinomccarthy) January 9, 2020
Compatriots in Iran have said Iranian regime has bused in thousands of Shiite supporters from Afghanistan & Iraq to make the crowds look larger for this staged public Soleimani funeral. Iranians Iran have been forced under duress to mourn this terrorist! #IraniansDetestSoleimani pic.twitter.com/g9cddfRfFc
— Karmel Melamed (@KarmelMelamed) January 6, 2020
Unfortunately Western media misses the point by glorifying Soleimani— He was the common enemy for people in Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. His Involvement in crackdown against university students in late 1990s was another black mark against him. 2/
— Masih Alinejad ?️ (@AlinejadMasih) January 3, 2020
— Ted Davis (@tedsthetruth) January 6, 2020
Incredibly disappointing that so much of the reporting from Iran has been along the lines of “wow look at these crowds” rather than questioning whether the oppressive regime is forcing people to “mourn” against their will
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) January 6, 2020
— Mr Producer (@RichSementa) January 8, 2020
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