I had to write a paper on Iran yesterday, analyzing how different media sources portrayed the same current event and what that meant for understanding a non-transparent country like Iran.
I was sad with what I found. There is so much bias in the media, from all sides. The western media sources such as The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, all showed Iran in such a negative light and only focused on any anti-US rhetoric Iran produced. Iranian news sources, of course, were pro-Iran and sharply in defense of Iranian policies. There were very few sources that painted a clear picture. (If you’re interested, The Tehran Bureau and insideIRAN were two good ones I found.)
It just saddens me because the media can give us opportunities for peaceful negotiation if just straight facts were reported. But instead, now we just have more reasons for confrontations resulting from poor communication and misunderstandings.
I would hate to think that a war with Iran would come out of just that. It’s just not worth it.