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  •  Maybe it isn't so hard to believe: (0+ / 0-)

    "The Western media relied on its reporters covering the mass demonstrations of opposition supporters, ignoring and downplaying the huge turnout for Ahmadinejad. Worse still, the Western media ignored the class composition of the competing demonstrations – the fact that the incumbent candidate was drawing his support from the far more numerous poor working class, peasant, artisan and public employee sectors while the bulk of the opposition demonstrators was drawn from the upper and middle class students, business and professional class.

    Moreover, most Western opinion leaders and reporters based in Tehran extrapolated their projections from their observations in the capital – few venture into the provinces, small and medium size cities and villages where Ahmadinejad has his mass base of support. Moreover the opposition’s supporters were an activist minority of students easily mobilized for street activities, while Ahmadinejad’s support drew on the majority of working youth and household women workers who would express their views at the ballot box and had little time or inclination to engage in street politics."


    "Peace cannot be achieved by force. It can only be achieved by understanding" Albert Einstein

    by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 09:12:38 PM PDT

    •  Those mass demonstrations were photoshopped (0+ / 0-)
      That should tell you something about the support that Ahmadinejad.  

      Also, in that poll by terror free tomorrow, almost 50% of those surveyed refused to announce support for either candidate.

      Four days before results for the poll they said that this led them to believe that it would be a very close electiong that required a run-off.

      But after the results came in they pretended that they knew Ahmadinejad would win by 2-1

      •  anyfuckinthing can be photoshopped (0+ / 0-)

        that's a hell of an argument. You think some of Obama's rallies weren't photoshopped? Then you're a bit more naive than I thought to begin with.

        It don't take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows --Little Bobby Zimmerman

        by ambeeeant on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 10:47:43 PM PDT

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        •   I don't think they were, no (0+ / 0-)

          If they were, it probably would have been picked up by Republican Opp-researchers and released as a talking point.

          What, you don't think the Republican party didn't have a team of Opposition Researchers checking the rally pictures for photo-manipulation? You're more naive then I thought....

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