How Trump Saw the Iran Protests Coming, and Why the Media Didn’t have a Clue. By Daniel Greenfield.
Months before the protests that are shaking the Islamic Republic of Iran began, President Trump stood before the entire world at the United Nations and boldly declared that the terror regime would fall.
“The good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most,” he correctly predicted. …
The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people,” he pointed out.
“Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror? Or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?” he challenged. …
But the media had dismissed Trump’s remarks. It was still obsessed with Obama’s radioactive legacy. The massive effort by the Iran Lobby, by Ploughshares, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and by Obama had made protecting a totalitarian Islamist regime that repressed women and gays into a social justice cause. After the Iran Deal, mainstream media coverage of Iran began to closely echo that of the regime.
And so it was no wonder that when the protests began, CNN and other media outlets were caught reprinting regime propaganda. After Obama’s deal, the media had cut loose its opposition sources. Instead it cultivated regime sources who told the media exactly what it wanted to hear.
The deal was working. The regime was becoming more moderate. The economy was booming. Yemen was starving because of the Saudi attacks. Hezbollah could become moderate if we only reached out to it. The Iranian people were happy. Trump’s pressure would only unite Iranians against America.
Obama and his cronies had turned our media into Iran’s media. And when the protests began, the media quoted Iranian government sources while ignoring the protesters fighting and dying in the streets. Those shameful early days were the legacy of the echo chamber that Obama’s cronies had used to sell the deal.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific