Monday, January 31, 2011

Reuters, Mohamed ElBaradei, and the Muslim Brotherhood

With all eyes on the turmoil in Egypt and the possible overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei is increasingly being seen as the most likely successor to autocratic rule under Mubarak.  ElBaradei has called for Mubarak's ouster and offered to form a government in a power sharing arrangement with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

Reuters correspondents have a long history of penning obsequious stories about ElBaradei under whose watch, Iran's nuclear program made significant advances.  One of Reuters' favored techniques in its campaign to boost the former IAEA Chief and to simultaneously cast doubt on Iran's bellicose nuclear aspirations has been to selectively quote ElBaradei in his various and inconsistent assessments of Iran's nuclear activities.  We wrote about that here.

Reuters has also sought to sanitize the nature and objectives of the "conservative" Muslim Brotherhood and its offspring like Hamas.

If ElBaradei does indeed come to power in Egypt, particularly with the Muslim Brotherhood at his side, it will be interesting to see how Reuters correspondents spin this development and whether the agency continues to shield these players from criticism.

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