Being commissioning editor for Press TV must be a thankless task.
You are running the Islamic Republic of Iran's main propaganda tool with the west, and yet half the good stories that emerge from your own country, you cannot touch. The rest of the world wants to know why Iran is hanging homosexuals, stoning women to death, crushing dissidents, flogging trades unionists or developing nuclear weapons, yet you have to fill a news channel with 24 hours worth of positive stories!
One way of avoiding real stories such as the above, is to fill your schedule with distractor flares. This week Press TV has been serialising a 2008 9/11 'truth' movie, The Elephant In The Room, by a young English film maker, Dean Puckett.
The Elephant is a curious film, and in football parlance very much a game of two halves. In part it tells the story of the collection of conspiracy theorists that make up the 'truth' movement, who reject the narrative that Al Qaeda carried out the 9/11 attacks in New York. Overlapping with this curious belief set is another story entirely - that of the medical and emotional problems suffered by New York City's first responders - those who entered the twin towers on the day, as firemen, police officers and medics. Many have suffered a series of problems ever since. Quite how linking the latter to the former is in anyway beneficial to the cause of first responders is beyond me, but for some reason Dean Puckett chose to do so. Why not simply make a film about first responders?
A further issue emerges. If you criticise 9/11 'truth' theories or those who propagate them, abuse is never far away. Standard responses are to allege that you are on someone's payroll, that you are a Zionist, spook or dis-informer, that the 9/11 Cultwatch blog is paid for by the CIA or some other dark forces (Actually it is not, I have just paid Typepad for the renewal via my own credit card!)
So - that's the fiction. A fact would appear to be that the Elephant In The Room has been sold to the Iranian government, via Press TV.
Perhaps Dean Puckett would like to give some of that dirty money to the Iranian dissidents who daily work to lessen the abuses of the Mullah's in Tehran? Perhaps the next time the Revolutionary Guard break up a protest using deadly force, or go round a University dormitory attacking students, Mr Puckett may like to ask himself which side he is on? And what the fuck he was doing getting into bed with Press TV?