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Simon Houpt's nutty report (final Ahmadinejad update)

posted by dru Geography: Canada Topics: media, Ahmadinejad

September 26, 2007

Simon Houpt's nutty report (final Ahmadinejad update)

Here's the Globe and Mail's headline for Simon Houpt's "report" today:

Iranian President gets rough welcome
Leader's speech avoids incendiary comments about Israel's destruction and denials of the Holocaust

I'd like to propose some other suitable headlines for things that were avoided today:

  • Globe and Mail Correspondent Simon Houpt avoids kicking puppies during walk down Broadway
  • Globe and Mail editor Edward Greenspon avoids incendiary racist tirades for one entire week
  • ...and so on...

While I expressed hope that Ahmadinejad's real, on the record comments would allow reporters to move on to criticize him for things he has actually said, this move shows that a) the Globe's editors are aware that the claims are erroneous and b) have decided to keep the claims alive despite the fact that they know that they are false. Pretty grim stuff.

In other news, I emailed Margaret Wente to ask for a source for her talk of "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who denies the Holocaust ever happened and seems quite happy at the thought of unleashing nukes against the Jews."

She responded with an excerpt from this 2005 BBC report. Does it provide enough evidence to back up her claim? (Does it say anything relevant to her claim?) You decide.

And with that, no more Ahmadiblogging for me.


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