In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, university students attend a protest inside Tehran University while anti-riot Iranian police prevent them to join other protestors, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the Islamic Republic’s clerical establishment. (AP Photo)

During the push to get congressional approval for the Iran deal, the Obama administration did a lot of stuff that should result in very, very long prison sentences for the people involved, like, for instance, eavesdropping on conversations by members of Congress thought to oppose the deal and using that information to pressure those members.

The worst thing that took place in support of a nefarious deal that bordered upon treason (if “aid and comfort” wasn’t given to Iran and if Iran doesn’t define us as their enemy, I’ll eat my hat) was the harnessing of allegedly journalistic organizations to a widespread propaganda campaign. Under the guidance and leadership of deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, a group of thoroughly corrupted non-profits were married with a substantial group of equally corrupt and stupid journalists to magnify the administration’s talking points and to attack anyone questioning the deal.

Now the chickens are coming home to roost.

For over two days, anti-government riots have been spreading in Iran. To be clear, these, in my opinion, will be ruthlessly crushed if the regime doesn’t see them burning themselves out. Just because they are unlikely to succeed doesn’t mean they are not important. Yet we see American media either ignoring what is happening or, more bizarrely, insisting that the demonstrations are a fringe movement.

This coverage is not what is happening in the rest of the world

Some contend that this is more complex than the media’s long term fluffing of the Obama administration.

Lee Smith is being too kind. The premise behind the Iran deal was that it would give “moderates” in Tehran the upper hand. These Jeffersonian Democrats wearing turbans were, we were told, not interested in confronting the United States and wanted to join the “community of nations.” A few billion dollars and a pathway to a nuclear weapon would give them the whip-hand. The people who told us that work for the New York Times, for CNN, for the Washington Post, for ABC, for NBC, for CBS. For them to accurately and aggressively cover what is happening in Iran they have to admit they were wrong about the premise of every story they wrote on Iran for a couple of years. Iran isn’t governed by “moderates.” Iran didn’t use sanctions relief and aircraft cargo pallets full of cash to help the economy. Iran doesn’t want to peacefully exist alongside its neighbors. Iran is very willing to support terrorism as a means of national strategy. The Iranian people are not broadly sympathetic to their government.

They can’t disavow their old reporting because guys like Ben Rhodes know who they are and will not hesitate to leak damaging information if they stray from the reservation.