CNN Mistranslates Iranian President To Make Him Seem More Moderate

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Way to go, CNN. Way to fucking go.

Holocaust Denial in Translation
What Iran's president really told CNN about Nazis and the Jews.


Reasonableness at last. That was the general reaction Wednesday to the news that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to acknowledge and condemn the Holocaust during an interview this week with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. Previous President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had rarely missed an opportunity to call the Nazi genocide of six million Jews a "myth." But Mr. Rouhani has adopted a more tempered tone, and the world longs to see him as someone with whom "we can do business together," as Margaret Thatcher once said about Mikhail Gorbachev.

One problem: The words attributed to Mr. Rouhani are not what he said.

According to CNN's translation of Mr. Rouhani's remarks, the Iranian President insisted that "whatever criminality they [the Nazis] committed against the Jews, we condemn." Yet as Iran's semi-official news agency Fars pointed out, Mr. Rouhani never uttered anything approximating those words. Nor, contrary to the CNN version, did he utter the word "Holocaust." Instead, he spoke about "historical events." Our independent translation of Mr. Rouhani's comments confirms that Fars, not CNN, got the Farsi right.

So what did Mr. Rouhani really say? After offering a vague indictment of "the crime committed by the Nazis both against the Jews and the non-Jews," he insisted that "I am not a history scholar," and that "the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers."

Pretending that the facts of the Holocaust are a matter of serious historical dispute is a classic rhetorical evasion. Holocaust deniers commonly acknowledge that Jews were killed by the Nazis while insisting that the number of Jewish victims was relatively small and that there was no systematic effort to wipe them out.

We'll leave it to CNN to account for its translation, and why it made Mr. Rouhani seem so much more conciliatory than he was. Meantime, points for honesty go to the journalists at Fars, who for reasons that probably range from solidarity to self-preservation aren't disposed to whitewash their President's ideological predilections.
 

Cunt Smasher

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Not surprised. The media just gave up even pretending to be impartial.
 

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You don't need to be. Just watch an afternoon's worth of The History Channel.
Why is it important for the President of Iran to learn about two guys who look like they touch kids that explore people's homes, barns, sheds, and other outbuildings overflowing with stuff that they can Pick through in hopes of discovering antiques and collectibles???
 

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Why is it important for the President of Iran to learn about two guys who look like they touch kids that explore people's homes, barns, sheds, and other outbuildings overflowing with stuff that they can Pick through in hopes of discovering antiques and collectibles???
Because it's fun to watch. Those Iranians need to learn about fun stuff.
 

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Why is it important for the President of Iran to learn about two guys who look like they touch kids that explore people's homes, barns, sheds, and other outbuildings overflowing with stuff that they can Pick through in hopes of discovering antiques and collectibles???
Because they'll enjoy all the haggling that goes on on that channel these days.
 

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Jew Editorials Headline, Calls Kettle Black

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Party Rooster

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So he still trashes the Jews for "occupying" the territory they won in a war. But he did condemn them, CNN added "holocaust," but maybe they did it because she had just asked a question about the Holocaust.
Karami's translation of the raw interview footage sides with CNN:

Rouhani: I have said before that I am not a historian and when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of historical events, historians should explain and discuss it.

But in general, I can say that any crime that is committed in history against humanity, such as the crimes committed by the Nazis, whether against Jews or non-Jews, from our viewpoint is completely condemned. Just as if today a crime is committed against any nation, religion, ethnicity or belief, we condemn that crime or genocide.

Therefore, what the Nazis did is condemnable. The dimensions of it which you say, is the responsibility of historians and researchers to make those dimensions clear. I am not a historian myself.

However, this point should be clear: If a crime took place, that crime should not be a cover for a nation or group to justify their crimes or oppression against others. Therefore, if the Nazis committed a crime, and however much it was, we condemn that, because genocide or mass murder is condemned.

From our viewpoint, it doesn’t matter if the person killed is Jewish, Christian or Muslim. From our viewpoint, [it] does not make difference. Killing an innocent human is rejected and condemned. But this cannot be a reason for 60 years to displace a people from their land and say that the Nazis committed crimes. That crime [too] is condemned; occupying the land of others is also condemned from our viewpoint.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/09/what-rouhani-actually-told-cnn-173613.html
 

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how does CNN and other news networks keep getting away with this shit?