Why Does CNN Maintain a Twitter Blackout on This Major Event?

Posted at 11:30 am on December 30, 2017 by streiff

The big international news over the past two days has been the mass demonstrations spreading across Iran. The genesis of the demonstrations appears to be widespread dissatisfaction with the way the Iranian economy is performing. Even though we were told by Barack Obama and Ben Rhode’s happy little Echo Chamber that the billions in cash and tens of billions in sanctions relief provided Iran would be used to improve their economy and strengthen the hand of “moderates” in the Iranian government, that doesn’t seem to have happened.

One news organization, the one most closely allied with Obama, with the #Resistance–that would be CNN–seems to be nearly totally ignoring what is happening. Look at the twitter feed from CNN International for the past day or so. I’m going to clip the first and last, so you can see the date-time groups, and just paste text from what is in between:

Here are 10 great places where you can travel for a New Year’s Eve you’ll never forget http://cnn.it/2Ce7njq via @CNNTravel

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2018’s first supermoon will be on New Year’s Day http://cnn.it/2pUBKpo

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No, President Trump’s approval rating hasn’t caught up to Obama’s

Lake-effect snow has been in the news lately, thanks to massive snowfall that blanketed Erie, Pennsylvania. Here’s a look at what it is, and how it happens http://cnn.it/2Cp2CjI

The relationship between the US and Russia is one of the major disappointments of the year, the Kremlin says http://cnn.it/2q0uSH8

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– Olympics and sports
– Trump approval rating
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No, President Trump’s approval rating hasn’t caught up to Obama’s

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Former British PM Margaret Thatcher once refused to share a flight to Washington with a giant panda, according to official documents that have been declassified http://cnn.it/2pWITWb

This incredible time-lapse of the Northern Lights was shot at Kerid crater in Iceland, a memorable video from this past March. http://cnn.it/2C8wLH3

An LA-to-Tokyo flight turned around after 8 hours because of a passenger who wasn’t supposed to be on board.

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The World Health Organization will recognize gaming disorder as a mental health condition in 2018 http://cnn.it/2zKZmMS

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A charity is launching a vending machine for the homeless http://cnn.it/2EdkE96

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Six mind-body tips for less holiday stress http://cnn.it/2kGO4Et

Avocados are a common ingredient on restaurant menus around the world, with a history of use that goes way back before they became a health food staple http://cnn.it/2EfVJ55

Regional or widespread flu activity has been reported across most of the US. Have you caught it? Here are some steps to follow http://cnn.it/2DvQfSr

President Trump lays out his immigration deal demands http://cnn.it/2pXlxjd

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and BeeGees co-founder Barry Gibb have been knighted in Queen Elizabeth’s 2018 New Year honors list http://cnn.it/2EihPE0

In a race against looming changes to the tax code, Goldman Sachs handed out nearly $100 million worth of stock awards to some of its top executives http://cnn.it/2Dzkkk5

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http://cnn.it/2Ei5Upx

President Trump, Amazon and the US Postal Service: The story behind the tweet http://cnn.it/2EfV9UA

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The Trump administration has terminated the appointments of the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS http://cnn.it/2DxsrgS

No, President Trump’s approval rating hasn’t caught up to Obama’s

Former British PM Margaret Thatcher once refused to share a flight to Washington with a giant panda, according to official documents that have been declassified http://cnn.it/2EfgGgv

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Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and BeeGees co-founder Barry Gibb have been knighted in Queen Elizabeth’s 2018 New Year honors list http://cnn.it/2DxE87x

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The US State Department posted a number of emails belonging to former top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin that the FBI found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop http://cnn.it/2EaUfZz

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The blackout is not complete. There is one story on Iran on the CNN homepage. Its headline: Iran protests: Government supporters join counter rallies. The lede:

Crowds of pro-government supporters demonstrated Saturday in Iran after two days of rare anti-government protests which spread to a number of cities.

That’s right. The lede is that government rent-a-mobs are being turned out to counter legitimate protests. This, to most observers, is an indication of weakness. Only CNN makes these command performances seem like an organic response by a large number of Iranians.

For eighteen hours, CNN International’s twitter feed has not mentioned Iran. It has covered Margaret Thatcher’s panda-phobia, Trump’s tweets, avocado, Trump’s approval rating, and deep thoughts from Obama. If anyone has any doubt about where the attention of CNN lies, it is not with the news or with the truth.


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