Saturday, September 26, 2009

For Reuters, only Israel plays football

In a story today on the disclosure and accompanying political fallout (no pun intended) associated with Iran's uranium enrichment plant near Qom, Reuters quotes reactions from a variety of prominent international figures. Here's a list of those mentioned:

US President Barack Obama, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Head of Iran's atomic energy organization Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's Head of the office of Supreme Leader Mohammad Mohammadi-Golpayegani, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the Foreign Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman.

Of all those cited, only one is characterized by Reuters in terms of his/her political leanings (as branded by Reuters of course). Can you guess which one? Here's a hint:

"The disagreement (on whether Iran is developing military nuclear capability) has been done away with," right-winger Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio."

By the way, we particularly like this quote from Mohammadi-Golpayegani:

"This new [nuclear] plant, God willing, will soon become operational and will make the enemies blind."

Perhaps Reuters should have tagged him as goalkeeper.

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