Appeared to be…

I’ll wind up 2017 with a New York Times favorite method of publishing a reporter’s vision of something that’s happening. The vision may or may not be true. It’s what it “appears to be.” There are protests all over Iran, with protesters shouting slogans against the theocratic regime. Here’s how the New York Times story on Dec 30, 2017, begins:

“Protests over the government’s handling of the economy spread to several cities on Friday, including Tehran, in what appeared to be a sign of unrest.” That’s like saying the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill “appeared to be a sign of Colonial unrest.”

File under: Opinion as news.

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