Saturday, June 20, 2009

Some actual, old style journalism happening: Roger Cohen reports from Tehran

While other traditional media outlets are quoting Twitter feeds & YouTube clips, The Times' Roger Cohen is in Tehran, seeing the second Iranian revolution happen in person & dealing with tear gas attacks. From the article:

"Dark smoke billowed over this vast city in the late afternoon. Motorbikes were set on fire, sending bursts of bright flame skyward. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, had used his Friday sermon to declare high noon in Tehran, warning of “bloodshed and chaos” if protests over a disputed election persisted.

He got both on Saturday — and saw the hitherto sacrosanct authority of his office challenged as never before since the 1979 revolution birthed the Islamic Republic and conceived for it a leadership post standing at the very flank of the Prophet. A multitude of Iranians took their fight through a holy breach on Saturday from which there appears to be scant turning back."

Read the rest of Cohen's article at New York Times.


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