CNN’s recent coverage of protests in Iran have sparked outrage on social media after the liberal news outlet appeared to report only on pro-regime demonstrations.
After virtually no coverage Friday, CNN put out an article Saturday morning originally titled “Iranians Hold Pro-Government Rallies,” which got the attention of conservatives in both media and Congress.
Just incredible.. pic.twitter.com/jtlbqA0UYr
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 30, 2017
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) December 30, 2017
Dead silence on the protests.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 30, 2017
When I first saw people tweeting about this story I figured CNN must have other coverage of the anti-government Iran protests on their website, too. Just checked. This is the only one. Hmm. https://t.co/eUjuBRUJV1 pic.twitter.com/wHqk20zC4Q
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) December 30, 2017
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) also weighed in, evoking the Soviet Communist Party propaganda “newspaper” Pravda in a tweet.
“Guys, when you’re being accused of being fake news propaganda, maybe try not to write stories that read like Iranian Pravda….(or the Onion!)”
Guys, when you're being accused of being fake-news propaganda, maybe try not to write stories that read like Iranian Pravda…. (or the Onion!) https://t.co/va8hLctCMN
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 30, 2017
Cruz also gave a statement on Facebook calling for the U.S. to support the Iranian people.
CNN has since updated its article, now entitled “Iran’s Government Warns Against ‘Illegal’ Gatherings After Protests.”
Although CNN is not using the more appropriate and accurate headline “Iranian People Protesting Tyrannical Islamic Regime Across Country,” it’s still a step in the right direction.
To be fair, CNN’s own Jake Tapper has been providing decent coverage of the Iranian protests in Saturday morning tweets and retweets.
Empirically it is astounding and appalling that any country in the 21st century has such a dress code for women. https://t.co/CQAEB6aYfq
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 30, 2017
Still, it’s not surprising CNN would do such a thing. Lately they’ve been off their game with recent coverage, such as earlier this month when it reported on an email sent to Donald Trump Jr. offering special access to WikiLeaks documents – only for it to be revealed that those documents were already on public record.