Predictably, the BBC News website’s extensive coverage of the May 19th presidential election in Iran included copious portrayal of the winning candidate Hassan Rouhani as a “moderate” and a “reformer”.
“…Iranian national politics is basically a power struggle between conservatives and reformists/moderates. […] Don’t forget that it was President Rouhani, a moderate, who was instrumental in helping strike an historic nuclear deal with world powers by convincing the supreme leader – considered closely associated with the conservative establishment – to reluctantly give his blessing.”
“The office of president and the executive branch can be reformist/moderate and has been for the past four years with Mr Rouhani at its helm.”
“Early on in the campaign the incumbent, President Hassan Rouhani, posted a photo of…
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