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The U.S. Press And Iran: Foreign Policy And The Journalism Of Deference
The U.S. Press And Iran: Foreign Policy And The Journalism Of Deference
By William A. Dorman and Mansour Farhang
University of California Press, 1987, 272 pp
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A review of press coverage of Iranian events from the Mossadeq period to the revolution of 1978. The authors find it seriously deficient in comprehending Iran's political culture and the nature of the shah's regime, and they deplore the failure of the press, its views warped by ideology and deference to the establishment, to counter the equally deficient official assessments. The research is carefully done, but the argument as to what American journalists can and should know, and what the obligations of the media are for sound foreign policy, is overblown.