Shep: Iranians “Protesting Against Their Own Creator”?

Shepard Smith, host of Studio B, navigated somewhere between the lazy and the loony in his final analysis of the Iranian protesters this afternoon. First, Shep reported that the Iranian opposition was marching in the streets in Tehran and across the country against both Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and it’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. After doing so, he interviewed Penn State professor Fariborz Ghaddar, a former vice-minister of the Shah of Iran who is currently with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

As Ghaddar began his segment, he confirmed Shep’s account that the government had “shut down all communications for three days,” “slowed down the Internet,” and “telling reporters [that] if you see something, you can’t say something.” He added that the government had put the paramilitary Basij into the streets; that “massive demonstrations” were still continuing; and that “more importantly,” thousands remained detained from the election protests and that “there actually have been killings and rapings in the prison.” In closing, Ghaddar pointed out that the protesters were not only questioning whether Ahmadinejad should be President but whether Iran should remain an Islamic republic. (He noted that it was “very telling” that some of the flags being flown had the red, white, and green without the Islamic Republic seal.)

As Shep finished the segment, he asserted, “The reason it’s so telling is that those people, the Supreme Leaders, the Ayatollah Khamenei, is supposed to be, under the Islamic Revolution terms, sent by God to do that job. So, in protesting, they’re protesting against their own Creator.”*

Somehow, it is highly doubtful that the Iranian opposition would concur with Smith’s conclusion. Rather, more likely, they believe in the justness and rightness of their cause and are not “protesting against their own Creator.” Surely, Shep knows or should know that.

*Studio B with Shepard Smith – 12/07/09 (@3:38 p.m. ET)

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2 Responses to “Shep: Iranians “Protesting Against Their Own Creator”?”

  1. hgb3 Says:

    Shepard Smith reputedly uses the “Living Koran” instead of the original, tried and true KJV. (King Jamaal Version)

  2. al dc Says:

    fwiw. I saw that, I took it to mean.. if the legitimacy of the gov’t comes from the creator, that is the implication of protesting against it, politically speaking. pointing out that protesting is much more serious an offense in the eyes of the leadership over there, than it would be in a country where the legitimacy of the govt wasn’t based on religion. he could’ve explained it better though.

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