Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the U.N. on Monday received little press. As a matter of fact, no news that I read or listen to even printed or broadcast one single excerpt from it.
Bob Owens, writing on NewsBusters, said yesterday:
A striking bit of journalistic malpractice seems to have affected the mainstream media web sites this morning, as news site after news site failed to provide their readers with the transcript of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speech last night to the United Nations.
As of noon at ABC News, it is as if Ahmadinejad never spoke, as their was no reference to his address in front of the United Nations on their Web site’s front page, and is notably absent from the headlines of their political section as well. I had to search Google News to find this report on their site, which did not link to the transcript, nor provide Ahmadinejad's closing remarks.
Likewise, Ahmadinejad’s speech was not easily found on the CBS News site, and when an article was found buried below the fold of their International news section, their story, as well, did not provide a transcript nor a summation of his closing remarks.
The New York Times had Bush's transcript from hours before, but couldn't be troubled to run that of the Iranian President. CNN did likewise.
The Boston Globe, Fox News, MSNBC, and most other news organizations also failed to either discuss the apocalyptic overtones of the Iranian President's remarks, or provide a transcript from easily available wire reports. To their credit, the Washington Post at least provided the transcript far down on their World News page, though they provided precious little commentary otherwise.
What is the reason the world media was apparently so eager to bury the content what was a highly anticipated speech by Iran’s flamboyant President?
For Americans who still care about the future of our country, here is the complete text of Ahmadinejad’s speech. Save it to your hard drive before it isn't available anywhere else: