For people who might not have followed the story as it unfolded there’s an easier explanation for why Iran is holding Jason Rezaian. The underpinning is Iran knowing the U.S. State Department and CNN collaborate to use media as a tool to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives.
In December 2014 CNN ran and episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown filmed in Iran. It seemed innocuous at the time, yet as with all things Turner Broadcasting, it also seemed to be another set up for a larger political agenda item.
Was something, something important to the administration, coming on the horizon which would benefit from some pro-Iranian sentiment blasted into the U.S. psyche. Something which might be known as a 2015 ‘Iranian Nuclear Deal’, perhaps.
Was it just happenstance that Bourdain interviewed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi -also a journalist- who was arrested less than two weeks after the segment was filmed.
EARLIER Jason Rezaian charged by Iran with:
A Washington Post reporter is being charged by Iran’s Revolutionary Court with crimes that include “collaborating with hostile governments” and “propaganda against the establishment.” (link)
Does Iran know something about the State Sponsoring of, and manipulation of, media for the benefit of regime intentions?
Of course they do.
But before getting into why Iran may have viewed Jason Rezaian as a threat, it first becomes necessary to for U.S. audiences to see CNN the same way Iran does, as state run TV.
But this place, more than any other this season, surprised me with sublime beauty, great stories and a sense of real urgency as good people try to right the wrongs of the past. (link)
A week later and violà, well, what do you know – another coincidence:
TODAY […] President Barack Obama on Wednesday plans to visit the Everglades — the South Florida wetlands that form part of the state’s large tourism sector -— to promote his policies combating climate change, a major piece of his second-term agenda. (link)
These would seem like disconnected coincidences if we didn’t know that CNN and the White House work in concert with each other both ideologically and specifically with a collaborative goal to work policy objectives through the media.
Most conservatives immediately respond with thoughts of CNN’s Candy Crowley supporting Obama during the CNN hosted 2012 presidential debate. Or you might reference CNN’s Fareed Zakaria who is also a key Obama foreign policy advisor.
However, what is less known or referenced is the CNN story by Nick Robertson which never ran; the story of the Cairo Protest on September 11th 2012.
[…] CNN never aired the Nick Robertson report in Egypt because it completely contradicted President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s assertions. In short, the Robertson report, if aired, would have proved Obama and Clinton were lying.
The Nick Robertson CNN report was filmed on 9/11/12, yes the exact morning of the Cairo embassy protest, and, by coincidence, it would have aired at the exact moment Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama began attributing the Egyptian embassy protest, and ultimately the Benghazi attack to a “U-Tube Video”. (link)
And then there’s Amber Lyon. Amber Lyon is an award-winning journalist who worked for CNN. She says she was ordered to report fake stories, delete unfriendly stories adverse to the Obama administration (like the Nick Robertson report), and construct stories in specific manners while working for the left-wing network. Further claiming CNN is paid by foreign and domestic government agencies for specific content.
Since Ms. Amber Lyon made that bold proclamation in 2012 we’ve watched closely. As mentioned above, and with numerous specific examples, everything she has claimed turns out to be 100% accurate.
So is it really that surprising for Iran to see this image and not consider the Iranian national contained within it as a potential subversive.
Whether Jason Rezaian was actually trying to assist the State Department through CNNi with their common objectives toward Iran in 2014 is an unknown variable.