George Stephanopoulos, useful idiot

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on April 26, 2009

On ABC News' "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos interviewed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and demonstrated appalling incompetence.

STEPHANOPOULOS: President Obama says that's exactly what he wants right now. He says he wants a new beginning in a relationship with Iran. He sent a message to the Iranian people on the occasion of the Nowruz holiday where he called Iran a great civilization.

He talked about the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he signaled that he wasn't interested in regime change, and he talked about his vision for the United States/Iranian relationship.

OBAMA: It's a future where the old divisions are overcome, where you and all of your neighbors and the wider world can live in greater security and greater peace".

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you share that vision?

AHMADINEJAD: You need to appreciate that the American administration, 29 years ago, unilaterally cut its relations with Iran. In the past 29 years, different U.S. administrations have opposed the Iranian people. Now they say that we have given up that enmity. That's fine.

We have welcomed such comments. But an administration which, up until yesterday, was saying that I'm going to kill you, and today says that I'm not going to kill you, is that sufficient?

Why would the U.S. have unilaterally cut its relations with Iran 29 years ago? And Stephanopoulos doesn't bother to challenge him on it. Does he not know the history?

Maybe if Stephanopoulos pretended that Imadinnerjacket was a Republican politician he would demonstrate a little more backbone.

This sort of kid-glove interviewing doesn't serve the truth; it serves the lie that is the brutal Iranian regime.

It's a classic example of the "useful idiot."

Journalism. Wound. Self-inflicted.


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