Thanks BBC, But Ahmadinejad LOST!

Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for ongoing developments in the aftermath of the Iranian presidential election. In the meantime I’ll work on some of the trends which appear here, the first one being how terrible the BBC’s and other terrestrial news stations’ ongoing coverage remains of this saga. From Nicholas Owen presuming days ago that the election was settled, to referring to Ahmadinejad as the President of Iran when visiting Russia, to presuming that they have no means of querying the validity of the election results, something is seriously wrong with the BBC’s editorial viewpoint of events in Iran. Twitter of course has shown the disparity between fast moving events on the ground, and even newspapers’ coverage, which is often wildly inaccurate, often aiming for conclusions where there aren’t any.

What we can safely say now is that Ahmadinejad really did steal the election, although whether or not he’ll get away with it is anyone’s guess. And the numbers really are out there:

Amid a swirl of rumour, two alternative sets of statistics purporting to represent the reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi as the “true” winner of Iran‘s disputed presidential election have been circulating in Tehran.

Their authenticity is impossible to gauge. One set, attributed to an “informed source” in the interior ministry and appearing on Iranian opposition websites, shows Mousavi winning 21.3m votes, or 57.2% of the total – enough to give him outright victory without a second-round run-off.

According to these figures, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won 10.5m votes (28%). The two other candidates, Mohsen Rezai and Mehdi Karroubi, are reported as gaining 2.7m (7.2%) and 2.2m (6%) respectively.

In contrast to the official result, the figures also report 600,000 spoilt ballots. Unusually, the interior ministry’s official announcement made no mention of invalid votes.

The unofficial figures also record a different turnout statistic – 81% (37.4m) in contrast to the 85% given by the government.

The figures have been accompanied by claims from unnamed interior ministry sources that fake statistics were fed into a software program and then distributed to vote counts among polling stations to produce a plausible outcome. The same sources have also claimed that the interior ministry’s statements announcing the results were prepared before Friday night’s count.

I find it shocking that the BBC wouldn’t even mention that this information is out there, nor how widespread it is. It’s coming to a crunch now, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s offer of a recount (pointless considering the bubbling news that ballots were burned) being rejected by Mousavi’s camp. Will a revolution be necessary to undo the coup, and will the BBC (and others) continue to present Ahmadinejad as the legitimate president of Iran? Whatever happened to journalism?! Oh yeh – Hutton.

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3 responses to “Thanks BBC, But Ahmadinejad LOST!

  1. Any numbers that show Ahmadinejad only getting 28% of the vote are as unlikely to be accurate as those showing him getting 60%+ across all the regions. But yes, any recount at this point will only be done to “take the wind of the sails” of Mousavi’s followers and to “correct” the foolishness of the 1st fraud.

    They’ll still show Ahmadinejad as the winner, probably with 51% of the vote and they’ll introduce the regional variances that they forgot to account for in their original fraud.

    😦

  2. I suspect you’re right. Their fundamental mistake has so far to release figures pointing to an entirely improbable Ahmadinejad victory. His margin of victory even in Mousavi’s home region is preposterous.

    Mousavi is right to reject the recount. That however really raises the stakes, particularly when so many outside countries and news organisations are taking Ahmadinejad’s ‘win’ as fact.

  3. don’t forget that if BBC goes to far against the iranian version of events, they will simply be removed from reporting there and kicked out of the country. CNN had the same issue with Iraq, and often reported lies and propaganda in an effort to keep it’s license to report. It’s one of the reason I don’t trust international “news” it’s all been filtered so heavily it’s impossible to understand whats really going on. Go blogs!

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