Iran’s Press TV to the RescueJune 29, 2009 13:39 by BackSpin Editor
Thank goodness Press TV clears away the hype and misinformation surrounding the death of Neda Soltan. According to Iranian state-run news channel:
The man who drove her to hospital said in an interview that her death looked “highly suspicious”, claiming there were no security forces or Basij members nearby . . . .
Her death first became suspicious after revelations that she was killed by a small caliber pistol — a weapon that is not used by Iranian security forces.
Iranian security forces have dismissed the reports out of hand, asserting that they did not open fire on protestors during the sporadic unrest.
“Policemen are not authorized to use weapons against people,” Tehran Police Chief Azizallah Rajabzadeh said on the morrow of Neda's death.
How long till Press TV "proves" that the caliber is used by the Mossad, CIA, and Michael Jackson's doctors? CNN picked up on the so-called scoop with a big grain of salt:
Press TV did not name the man, who spoke Farsi and was subtitled in English on the broadcast.
CNN has not identified him and cannot confirm his account.
As the NY Times aptly points out, the lines between journalism and social media are blurring in Iran thanks to the government's media clampdown and the tech-savvy protesters.
But if there's any doubt on where Press TV's sympathies lie, check out this video of George Galloway heaping praise on the mullahs and Iranian democracy.