Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Iran President Doubts Holocaust (Again) - Times Misses It

Here's a shocker:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reiterated his doubt about the Holocaust and called on Muslim nations to take a proactive stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, state media reported Tuesday. The president's comments, published on Iranian state television's Web site, were the second time in a week he has expressed doubt about the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II. In October, Ahmadinejad also said Israel should be "wiped off the map." "If the killing of Jews in Europe is true," the Web site quoted Ahmadinejad as saying during a speech at an Islamic conference in Tehran, "and the Zionists are being supported because of this excuse, why should the Palestinian nation pay the price?"
I got this story off of, but figured I'd check to see what the New York Times online had to say about this. It wasn't on their front page, but I didn't expect it to be. It wasn't on their International page, but maybe the other stories were more important. But it wasn't in their top 25 International headlines anywhere; and of their top 20 Middle East headlines, there was only one on Iran:
Iran Approves President's 4th Pick for Oil Post
Huh? The article says not a word about Israel or the Holocaust. While one obviously cannot expect every story to be reported, the calls for wiping a country off the map or moving it to Europe while denying the genocide of 6 million of its people (he did call them Zionists, not Israelis) by the President of a country in the process of developing nuclear weapons seems to be pretty important. While I don't like the Times in general, this is just pathetic.

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  1. Umm... It wasn't a Times piece. It's a wire report by Reuters.

    As to the newsworthiness of a speech by a an Iranian leader who has repeatedly mad statements such as this? I don't know.

  2. My point was they chose to run that wire, and not the other one - weird.