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Nightly News Inflates Iran Reporting

On NBC Nightly News last night, Brian Williams introduced a story about a flare-up in violence in Tehran related to the 30th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis by saying, “We get more from NBC News Tehran bureau chief Ali Arouzi, the only journalist working for an American broadcaster who is currently in Iran.”

Turns out, that’s not the case.

CNN’s full time, Tehran based producer, Shirzad Bozorgmehr reported from Tehran yesterday both on-air and online. He’s been based there full-time for 12 years. Shirzad also contributed to Reza Sayah‘s coverage of the anniversary from Pakistan.

The “Nightly” story after the jump…

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Nightly News…Now With Walking

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The blog Newscast Studio, which is about…well, newscasts and their studios… writes about last night’s Nightly News with Brian Williams. The first segment originated from the NBC newsroom so it included roving reporters and camera operators, with the occasional light box or handheld camera getting in the way.

Tehran_6.18.jpgI still give them props for trying. But more importantly, the broadcast, with limited commercial interruption thanks to a cholesterol drug, had expanded coverage on the situation in Iran including a story from Richard Engel, another on the Iranian-American community in Los Angeles and Williams did a Q&A with their Tehran Bureau Chief Ali Arouzi who’s not allowed to broadcast any of the pictures of the protests he’s been covering. Their discussion also took some video hits as Williams described the “electronic efforts to shut down the communications.”

Newscast Studio’s analysis and more pictures here.