TheDC Morning: Media bias? What media bias?

Jamie Weinstein | Senior Writer

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1.) Media bias? What media bias? — The new Iranian president is just like a tea partier, right? Come on guys, right?   TheDC’s Patrick Howley reports:

“CBS News reporter Elizabeth Palmer likened new Iranian president-elect Hasan Rowhani to an American tea party activist in a weekend interview on the network. ‘Liz, a man named Hassan Rowhani will be the next president of Iran. Is he in the mold of Ahmadinejad?,’ CBS News anchor Jim Axelrod asked Palmer, who was appearing on the program from London. ‘Well he was seen as the most reform-minded of all the candidates who ran this time. That being said, they were all very conservative. In U.S. terms, it was as if all the candidates for the presidency came from the tea party,’ Palmer said.”

He was, in fact, seen as the most reformist minded candidate of the 8 candidates allowed to run out of the over 600 who wanted to but were rejected by the Supreme Leader’s regime. And Fidel Castro is moderate compared to Mao and Pol Pot. But that’s not saying a whole lot. As for him being a tea partier, that’s a reasonable statement to make if you are an idiot.

2.) Ed Snowden says he’s not a spy — Of course, that’s exactly what a spy would say, no? TheDC’s Josh Peterson reports:

“NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and the Chinese government issued flat denials that Snowden was a spy Monday, responding to speculation and accusations from U.S. officials. Snowden called the accusations a ‘predictable smear’ during a live Q & A with The Guardian, saying speculation about his working for the Chinese government was ‘intended to distract from the issue of U.S. government misconduct.’ ‘Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing?,’ said Snowden. ‘I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now,’ he said.”

3.) Unions are so nice — Not really. The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Robbie Soave reports:

“Unionized local employees repeatedly harassed and intimidated non-union workers of a private disaster cleanup firm that won a government contract to restore Long Island, New York, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The vice president of the union even made threats against the wife and kids of one of the workers. That worker felt it necessary to call the police and pursue other security measures to protect his family, a source told The Daily Caller News Foundation.”

4.) Death of the West, continued — The West, which has brought us so much beauty and technological advancement, seems intent on destroying itself. TheDC’s Sarah Hoffman reports:

“The Leys in Cambridge, a prestigious private school in the United Kingdom, is playing with the idea of having porn actresses teach sex education. Principal Mark Slater has publicly said that having porn stars share their stories will ’empower’ students, the Telegraph reports. Slater said the need for this type of educational perspective is needed because of the pervasiveness and accessibility of unrealistic pornography to youth.”

5.) Tweet of Yesterday — Eric Trager#VoguePitches MT @lrozen Rouhani comes off as pragmatic, moderate, politically astute, and a lot easier to work with. #Iran

6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Anniversary of Korean People’s Victory in War to Be Celebrated in Guinea”

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