Scheherezade Faramarzi: The AP's Iranian Regime Lackey

Yesterday’s strange report by AP writer Scheherezade Faramarzi on the massive protests in downtown Beirut was no fluke.

Faramarzi described the massive rally of pro-government protesters as “subdued” and “exhausted”
All 300,000 of them…

(Reuters)

But… Blogger Abu Kais has video from the protest where you can see for yourself that these pro-government, pro-democracy, anti-Syrian, anti-Hezbollah protesters were anything but “subdued” and “exhausted”.

Sadly, this is not the first time that AP reporter Scheherezade Faramarzi has played messenger for the Iranian regime.
A few other examples:

** December 21, 1998
Khatami Attracts Iranian Women
By Scheherezade Faramarzi

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — When 17-year-old Maryam Omi found President Mohammad Khatami standing next to her at a recent book fair, she broke into tears.

“I felt I was under a tremendous force … an attraction,” she said.

Omi is not alone in her feelings. In Iran, not only Leonardo DiCaprio and Iranian movie actors are gaining a big female following.

“I simply adore him,” said Golnaz Sajadi, 20, a university student. “He’s so bright and clean, and attractive.”

Huh? So the mad mullahs are smoking hot?

** October 11, 2004
Kurds disillusioned by the main parties but see no alternative
Scheherezade Faramarzi with the Associated Press, offers insights into anger among Kurdish voters in the north of Iraq.

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) Maliha Barzanji says that the last party she voted for ended up arresting her son and she never saw him again. This time around, she plans to cast no vote at all, saying she hates both of the two big parties that run the Kurdish north of Iraq. “If they give me their blood,” she says, “I will gladly drink it.”

Ata Mohammed, a writer, says he’ll vote, but will cast a blank ballot as a protest against both parties because they are “corrupt and have blood on their hands.”

Kurdish turnout in the January ’05 election was greater than 80%.

** July 15, 2005
London Bombers Were Angered by War in Iraq
by Scheherezade FaramarziAP

LEEDS, England (AP) – Shahzad Tanweer, the 22-year-old son of a Pakistani-born affluent businessman, turned to Islam, the religion of his birth, a few years ago. The transformation was gradual, but then his relentless reading of the Quran and daily prayers became almost an obsession, his friends told The Associated Press. He became withdrawn and increasingly angry over the war in Iraq, according to those who knew him best.

The U.S.-led war was what likely drove him to blow himself up on a subway train last week, said his friends.

Captain’s Quarters nailed this AP tumble into hell.

** December 9, 2006:
Experts: Iran can help end Iraq crisis
By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI, Associated Press Writer

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061209/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_us

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Iran could play a crucial role in curbing Iraq’s Shiite
militias if the U.S. opens a dialogue with Tehran as recommended by the Iraq
Study Group, many in the Mideast say.

But Iran’s cooperation would depend on how much it trusts Washington in any
deal that was struck. And all observers agree that Iran alone, even with help
from its ally Syria, cannot bring peace and that a collective effort of
Mideast nations is needed.

…Countries that participate in talks must not fund terrorism, must help the young democracy survive, must help with the economics of the country,” Bush said Thursday. “If people are not committed, if Syria and Iran is (sic) not committed to that concept, then they shouldn’t bother to show up.

Michael Ledeen wrote about this pro-Mullah fluff piece back in December.
Obviously, Scheherezade Faramarzi is more than just an AP reporter of the news.

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