If someone tells us that ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz commonly turns in segments where she waxes poetic over the death of an American soldier at the hands of foreign combatants, we’ll be sure to use that information to recalculate our opinion of her Monday performance. But until then, we’ll continue to feel a species of confused disdain over Raddatz’s Good Morning America segment, which went well beyond the scope of broadcast journalism in trying to get viewers to feel compunction and sadness over the death of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. This was basically the opposite of skeptical journalism; it was little more than Iranian propaganda.
Instead of spending her segment focused on the unlimited evil that Soleimani exported to Iraq, Syria, and the rest of the Middle Eastern world, Raddatz focused her attention on the “powerful” anti-American protesters and their grief over the death of the “revered” military leader, Soleimani. Raddatz didn’t sink as low as to tell us that Soleimani was an “austere religious scholar,” thank goodness, but…well, she might as well have.
“I have been in the midst of anti-America protests in Iran before, but nothing like this,” Raddatz reported from Iran. “A powerful combination of grief and anger with shouts of ‘death to America’ echoing through the streets around us. This morning, mourners filling the streets of Iran’s capital of Tehran for the funeral of general Soleimani killed by that U.S. drone strike last week. Aerial images capturing the sea of Iranians packing the streets to pay tribute to a man revered by many here.”
If that’s not enough to get your gag reflex working, how about this:
“Soleimani’s image everywhere. The impact of his death profound. The crowds are massive and emotional. There are many tears here,” she lamented. “Inside the funeral service, the emotion just as powerful. The supreme leader of Iran weeping and praying over a coffin draped in the Iraqi flag. This is the largest funeral in Iran since the death of the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.”
Yes, well, speaking of that funeral, Martha…there’s something you ought to know.
See, Martha, when you have an oppressed, dictatorial society like Iran, you can’t always believe everything you’re seeing. Raddatz comes off as a woman who would look at North Korean poll results and conclude that Kim Jong Un is the greatest leader in world history. So desperate is she to paint the U.S. as some kind of monstrous terrorist organization that she comes off as entirely credulous of this lying, repressive, totalitarian regime in Iran. Guess what, Martha? They have ways of making sure “mourners” show up.
“For anyone watching, I have one piece of advice: Don’t take what you’re seeing at face value,” warned Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad on Monday.
Uh, that means you, Martha Raddatz.