Friday, September 6, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Follow Up On: Iranian Damage Control

The Huffington Post was more than willing to publish the news that Iranian President Rouhani tweeted a Rosh Hashanah greeting, but it didn't cover the fact that the Iranian government is attempting to deny the authenticity of the message:
Iran late Thursday denied that new President Hassan Rouhani, considered by some to be a relative reformer, tweeted a Rosh Hashanah greeting to Jews the world over Wednesday, focusing specifically on Iranian Jews.
“Mr. Rouhani does not have a tweeter account,” presidential adviser Mohammad Reza Sadeq was quoted by Iran’s Fars news agency as saying on the matter.
Sadeq stressed that “proponents and fans of Mr. Rouhani were active in the cyberspace during the recent presidential election in Iran and used many web pages with titles similar or close to Mr. Rouhani to run their activities,” meaning the Twitter page wasn’t Rouhani’s own.“Of course, such activities are fully normal during election campaigns, and some of them might continue their operation even after the election,” Sadeq added. “Any official news on [Rouhani] is released by the presidential office … and only the news released through this conduit is official.”
Oh well. There was goodwill for a second.

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