April 20, 2009, - 11:01 am

No Tears for Roxana Saberi & Reporters Held in N. Korea: Poetic Justice for Iran’s BBC/NPR Apologist

By Debbie Schlussel
While the mainstream media and even so many clueless conservatives moan about Iran’s arrest and conviction of BBC/NPR “reporter” Roxana Saberi, you’ll hear no tears from me. Ditto for the two reporters detained in North Korea, including execrable Oprah “reporter” Lisa Ling’s sister.
I couldn’t care less that the Iranian apologist Saberi is a dual American-Iranian citizen or that she was a Miss America contestant. The “American” part of this woman long ago died, but has suddenly rebirthed itself, now that the government for which she cheerled, actually turned out to be the way she pretended it wasn’t.

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No Tears for Roxana Saberi:

American-Iranian Apologist “Reporter” Got What She Deserved

Roxana Saberi made her career as an apologist for Iran in her gushing reports for BBC, NPR (National Public Radio a/k/a National “Palestinian” Radio), and other media outlets for whom she freelanced over how “liberal” the country is. One of those pandering reports, ironically, was from a soccer match, where others of her gender are not allowed to attend and are sent to jail when they do. But not her. She was privileged in Iran and used that privilege as a platform to be a blatant sop. But she used her privileged position to promote the country endlessly and unapologetically. And now that she’s been arrested and tried, it’s poetic justice at its finest.
While Ms. Saberi could travel to and from Iran at will, hundreds of Iranian Jews are still not allowed to leave. When one of them does leave, his/her family members are held hostage by the government of Iran, until they return. Instead of covering things like this, Ms. Saberi painted a picture of Iran as Candyland, where everything’s coming up lollipops and gum drops. Even her father, Reza Saberti of Fargo, acknowledged, she’s “only used her position to promote this country [Iran]. For this woman, I’m supposed to be concerned? Whatever she gets, she deserves. Maybe her story will teach other far-left reporters that apologizing for Iran won’t protect you, even in Iran.
And I’m really not too concerned about the fates of Laura Ling [propagandist Lisa Ling's sister] and Euna Lee. Who told them to go to North Korea? Who put a gun to Roxana Saberi’s head ordering her to go to Iran?
All of them knew the risks about these countries, Iran and North Korea. Yet, they chose to go to these countries anyway. They aren’t like some of the innocent people in those countries, who wish for human rights and want to leave but can’t get out. These are women who went to dangerous places and are shocked–shocked!–when those dangerous places are exactly as dangerous as even your average naif knows. You play with snakes, you get bitten.
I won’t give it a second thought if all three of them rot in jail forever. Sadly, their lives are “more important” than the lives of innocent victims of Iran and North Korea, those who didn’t chose to go there but want to get out. And sadly, Saberi’s, Ling’s, and Lee’s lives are getting more press coverage than anyone else’s life–than any other of the many human rights hostages and victims of show trials in these countries–because they are liberal reporters for the mainstream media, which exalts its own members and their lives’ values above you and me.
This is, incongruously, the most outrage–in fact, the only outrage–the mainstream media has had with anything Iran/Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and North Korea/Kim Jong-Il have ever done.
We’re the little people. But these reporters who chose to risk their lives to, among other things, propagandize for Iran are the “important people.”
No tears from me for these “reporters.” They knew the risks. They assumed those risks. Now, they’re whining about the very predictable results.
So sad, too bad.

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12 Responses

Well done Debbie. You nailed it again. My reaction to the news was, who cares?
What’s really sad to me is how the MSM and Blogosphere ignore your PC-free realism.

Frank on April 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Frank: Ditto.
No one told them to go to the Islamic Republic. What did they expect?

lexi on April 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I agree with you 100 percent Debbie. I have no regard for most journalists. They are traitors, albeit, very naive. They live in fantasy land and most of them want a utopian world. They can all go to hell (which is the real utopia)! To them I say: C’est la vie!

norman on April 20, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I agree, Deb. Members of the fifth estate think they are immune to the evils of these regimes because they run their PR campaigns. Like you, I get a real kick when reality intrudes on lib fanticies.

beboper on April 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Let’s be clear about one thing: These skells are not “reporters” and they are not “journalists”….they are PROPAGANDISTS.

Thee_Bruno on April 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I don’t doubt that Ms. Saberi was part of the reach-out-to-misunderstood-and-not-so-bad-Iran camp of journalists.
In my gut, however, I don’t like the idea that Iran has no fear of putting even one filthy finger on a American citizen, even if she is an apologist for that evil regime. How dare those savages think they can take an American hostage, this time doing so in the name of their screwed up legal system instead of blatantly flaunting their crime as they did in the late 1970s?
Perhaps this incident will help open some liberal eyes to the nature of the Iranian regime. In doing so, Ms. Saberi will have done more to inform people about Iran than she ever did in her journalism.
Despite my dislike for her point of view, I pray she gets home safe and soon. I guess I’m a hardline softy.

4infidels on April 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Eh, apologist or not, the fact that Iran could PUT one our citizens in jail on the basis of a sham trial is troubling to me.

mindy1 on April 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Something smells with this story. First Ahmadinijad makes noises about “due process” for this woman, and now the Iranian Judiciary is investigating it?
Call me a stupid conspiracy theorist if you want, but I see this as some sort of set-up that will lead to a summit between Obama and Ahmadinijad and then “improved relations” between Iran and the US.

i_am_me on April 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

The same thing occurred to me – that this is a setup arrest designed to put the spotlight on the Anointed One as he ‘negotiates’ a ‘release’. The purpose, of course, is to isolate Israel in any coming showdown.
With the Obamaton fool in charge, it’s only a matter of time to a nuclear exchange.

beboper on April 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm

I think you make an important point by noting that cheer-leading for Islamo-Fascists won’t by liberals any “brownie points”. You’re also correct to note that the LIB media’s outrage is rather disingenuous given their routine omission of human rights violations in Iran and N. Korea.
That being said, as someone who supports the American principal of free speech and press freedom, I can’t say that I’m happy about what happened to Roxana Saberi. It’s just that (as you note) she’s not the first person ever imprisoned unfairly by the totalitarian Iranian regime. She certainly won’t be the last.

There is NO Santa Claus on April 20, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Debbie, when the a-hole reporter from the BBC was taken hostage in Gaza by his former pals a few years ago, i made a comment kind of like yours here saying he got what he deserved, more or less. my comment stayed at or near the top of the readers’ ranked comments for a couple weeks, out of several thousand reader comments. I used to check my ranking every day. Then one day my comment was disappeared by the Beeb, who no doubt were seething over it. I complained to Melanie Phillips and she e-mailed me back to say that that was typical. It was all very exciting.

Anonymous1 on April 20, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Simply and in plain English, Roxana and the three hikers and a handful of foreigners in Iranian soil did know what they were doing and rather than to leave that place, just thought that nothing could happen to them. This country has more important issues as of right now and the idea of bowing ourselves with sympathy towards their mistake of going to hostile nations is just inane and exposes the dangers that resulted. We are facing greater deficits since decades,enlarged government role and spending and the fact that our congress and the administration believe that the world revolves around us,which is not true.
In the end, if Ling and Lee and the rest of those people “got caught” in hostile places, they knew whatever was happening in those places but instead,went there.

erick d. on September 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm

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