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Posts Tagged ‘Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’

Polk Awards Focus On War In Middle East


The 2009 George Polk made history yesterday by announcing its first ever anonymous winners: the men and/or women who captured the footage of Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan dying after being shot during the controversial reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June. John Darnton of the Polk Awards called the video “an iconic image of the Iranian resistance.” Other winners of the highly-esteemed journalism award include David Rohde for his five-part New York Times series on being captured and held by the Taliban for seven months, and the Stars and Stripes trio of Charlie Reed, Kevin Baron and Leo Shane III for their piece on a secret Pentagon program meant to reward journalists who covered the war in a positive light.

Read More: Filmers of Iran Protest Death Win Polk Award in NY — New York Times, Files prove Pentagon is profiling reporters — Stars and Stripes

Previously: Kidnapped Journalist Rohde Answers Readers’ Questions

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Ahmadinejad Takes on Twitter

This is a spoof of still current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He states on the video, “I’m going down in history as the man who got his ass kicked by ‘Twitter.’”

Via (ahem) Twitter

What’s New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller Up To In Iran?

29keller.jpgThe developing story in Iran (and how the media has been covering it) has been a popular topic of conversation around here over the last few days. And one thing has not gone unnoticed: New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller‘s presence on the front lines and the front page of his own paper — as a reporter.

At first, we thought Keller’s trip overseas was pretty well-timed, corresponding as it did to his appearance on the “Daily Show” and his digs on the Huffington Post and Drudge Report for not having Baghdad bureaus. But Keller has been doing some intense work over there, writing a “Memo From Tehran” about reactions in the streets after the election and co-bylining a story about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It’s not often that a top editor from a huge paper like the Times can get out from behind his desk and get his hands dirty reporting from the trenches and the Times has said that Keller didn’t go to Iran expecting to write stories.

Today, Keller sent Editor & Publisher two hurried emails explaining his trip and why he “plunged in.”

“Briefly, I came to watch our reporters in action and to get a (first) taste of a big subject,” he said. “I try to get out in the field as often as I can, because nothing else gives you as good a sense of the complexities and texture of a story. I usually don’t write on these trips, but this story got so big, and the correspondents were so welcoming of an extra pair of hands, that I plunged in. It reminds me why I got into this business. (Also, no one here wants to talk about the future of the newspaper business.)”

So did Keller go to Iran with the intention of talking to someone about the future of the newspaper business? Perhaps that’s all anyone wants to talk to him about these days.

Sadly, Keller told E&P that his visa is up tomorrow so he’s heading home. “Some reporters have contemplated overstaying their visas, trying to work under the radar. Even if you manage to elude the authorities, though, you create real dangers for all the Iranians you would need to hide you, translate for you, get you around and help you get the story out,” he said.

LAT In 90 Seconds

34416814.jpgQuickie Movie Reviews: Kenneth Turan likes There Will Be Blood Kevin Crust turns his nose up at Bucket List (but thinks The Water Horse was well-executed. And Carina Chocano says Persepolis is worth seeing.

brithaircut.jpgAhmadinejad v. Spears: The LAT fills space with lists of its most-viewed stories of the year, categorized by sections. Maybe it’s not weird that LAT readers didn’t rush to the site to read the latest about Britney Spears … but the fact that she was edged off the entertainment list by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says a lot about the papaer’s industry coverage.

Favorite LAT Graph Of The Day: “No one, it turns out, does Internet auction fraud like the Romanians. Bulgarians specialize in intellectual property theft; Ukraine is a leader in online credit card crime; the Russians have a profitable niche in Internet dating fraud.” And the rest of this Ian Wylie piece about EBay tracking down Internet defrauders all the way in Romania is just as unexpected.

Diane Sawyer To Ahmadinejad: ‘I’m A Journalist, I Get To Ask You’


Interesting exchange aired on this morning’s Good Morning America between Diane Sawyer and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

Sawyer: What did you think when you saw the hanging of Hussein, he was your enemy?

Ahmadinejad: Yes but who equipped this enemy? Who made him fight with the U.S. for eight years, who supported him? The U.S. administration, the U.S. administration could support us.

Sawyer: Did you feel sympathy?

Ahmadinejad: What about you? Did you have any kind of sympathy?

Sawyer: I’m a journalist, I get to ask you.

Ahmadinejad: But you’ve come here in the disguise of politician, I guess.

Sawyer: No, I am a journalist, solely a journalist.

Ahmadinejad: Well naturally when a criminal is eliminated all the people will be happy, but we think that if the U.S. administration had not supported Saddam he would never have attacked Iran or Kuwait.

Ahmadinejad also called the Holocaust an “excuse,” so …