The media apparently is being cowed again just as it was in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, just as it is under Arafat’s gangsta Palestinian Authority and the news suffers and people wonder how their impressions are so skewed. First we have DISASTER DISASTER DISASTER QUAGMIRE QUAGMIRE QUAGMIRE STALINGRAD STALINGRAD STALINGRAD REFUGEES REFUGEES REFUGEES CIVIL WAR CIVIL WAR CIVIL WAR LOOTING OF ARTIFACTS LOOTING OF ARTIFACTS LOOTING OF ARTIFACTS on the one hand but when Iran has a total sham election, we get Hardliners gain in Iranian elections like this is a normal election!!! See more below… from the very conservative National Review.
Even for a regime that excels in deception, the announcement by the Iranian government that nearly half the eligible voters cast their ballots in Friday’s election is an extraordinary bit of effrontery. And even those Western “news” outlets that decided to pronounce the turnout “low” (the BBC, of course, echoed the party line by talking about a large turnout), did so by comparing the official numbers with those of the last parliamentary election, when more than 60 percent voted for the toothless “reformers.”
The real numbers are a tiny fragment of the official ones. The overall turnout came in at about twelve percent, with Tehran a bit lower, and places like Isfahan and Qom (of all places, the headquarters of the Shiite religious elite) closer to five percent. The only major city with a substantially higher turnout was Kerman, due to a local factor: A widely hated hardliner was running, and many people judged it more important to demonstrate their contempt for him personally by voting for others than to show their rejection of the regime en bloc by abstaining.
It shouldn’t have been hard to get this story right, at least in its broad outlines. A leading member of the old parliament, Mehdi Karoubi, was asked why he did badly, and he replied, publicly: “because the people boycotted the election.”
Keep in mind that the reporters knew full well that all but a handful of polling sites in Tehran