U.S. media all-stars dine with tiny terrorist on his last night in town

posted at 9:30 am on September 26, 2007 by Allahpundit

Laura Ingraham’s joke wasn’t far off the mark. The Times editorial board didn’t ask him to lunch at the Four Seasons; he asked the equivalent of the Times editorial board to dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel. And most of them seem to have accepted, of course. Here’s the first account of the event I’ve seen, from Time’s managing editor, Richard Stengel:

The invitation was on creamy stationery with fancy calligraphy: The Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran “requests the pleasure” of my company to dine with H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dinner is at the Intercontinental Hotel — with names carefully written out at all the place settings around a rectangular table. There are about 50 of us, academics and journalists mostly. There’s Brian Williams across the room, and Christiane Amanpour a few seats down. And at a little after 8pm, on a day when he has already addressed the U.N., the evening after his confrontation at Columbia, a bowing and smiling Mahmoud Admadinejad glides into the room…

The format of the evening is curious. In his calm and fluent voice — “dear friends,” he calls us — he requests that we not ask questions, but make statements, so that he can react to them in a form of dialogue. The academics are not shy. They make statements not only about the need for dialogue and reconciliation, but castigate the Iranian government for chilling press freedoms and for arresting Iranian-American scholars who were only trying to foster better relations between America and Iran. Throughout, Ahmadinejad is courtly, preternaturally calm, and fiercely articulate.

After an hour, he is ready to respond. He does so first with a half-hour ode to the relationship between man and God that might have been dictated by the Iranian poet Rumi. “I believe that Almighty God created the universe for mankind. Man is God’s most important creation and it is through him that we appreciate the beauties of the universe. God has sent man here on a mission.” That mission, he says, is to pursue love, justice, kindness and dignity. In fact, he repeats those works [sic] so often that it begins to sound like a mantra: Love. Justice. Kindness. Dignity.

Follow the link for Ahmadinejad’s review of “300″. Exit question: Who else was on the guest list for this abortion? And how many of them were invited but turned it down out of polite objection to a Holocaust-denying fascist with American blood on his hands?

Update: Karnit Goldwasser, wife of one of the two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah last year in the incident that instigated the summer war, snuck into Ahmadinejad’s press conference yesterday and accused him of complicity in the act. Love, justice, dignity, and kindness compelled him to ignore the question and pretend like she wasn’t there. Here’s the money part, though. How many of these turds were at dinner last night?

“He came in and started to smile at everyone. The reporters gave him great respect… As he walked by me he said hi to me, because he still didn’t know who I was. He thought I was one of the supporting journalists, and that he was walking into a place where everyone loved him. He seemed very pleased,” Goldwasser recounted.

Update: Via HuffPo, how Ahmadinejad suckered the U.S. media.


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They “eat” at his table every night, don’t they?

ej_pez on September 26, 2007 at 9:33 AM

He notes that Americans don’t understand Iranian history, saying that the movie 300 — with which he seems intimately familiar — was a “complete distortion of Iranian history.” Iran, he says, has never invaded anyone in its history.

Um…as in the Iranian Islamic Republic, created in 1979? Sure. Let’s talk Persia…oh wait! History bad! After all…who now remembers the Armenians?

MadisonConservative on September 26, 2007 at 9:34 AM

Any Jewish lesbian Kod Kidz there?

JammieWearingFool on September 26, 2007 at 9:40 AM

Try as you may, it is just impossible to keep libs from becoming a parody of themselves. This is comedy gold.

Wingo on September 26, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Can there be any doubt now what team these people are really on?

How many would have accepted a similar invitation from any member of the Administration and how respectful would they be in their “statements?”

What would these people say of Bush if he had gone on for a half-hour about God?

The hypocrisy and duplicity makes me nauseous. Truly.

TheBigOldDog on September 26, 2007 at 9:47 AM

Disgusting, although not surprising that those MSNBC and CNN dolts, Williams and Amanpour were pandering to that wormy little terrorist. Amanpour could function quite effectively as his secretary of state.

rplat on September 26, 2007 at 9:57 AM

Spit on the invitation, and return it.

profitsbeard on September 26, 2007 at 9:57 AM

Spit on the invitation, and return it.

I’m thinking of a more pungent bodily fluid with which to return the invitation.

How does one say “F*** off!” in Farsi?

CurtZHP on September 26, 2007 at 10:17 AM

. . . as I spit on those who chose to share bread with this imp of Satan.

MCPO Airdale on September 26, 2007 at 10:17 AM

Salivating over A-jad’s table scraps as usual…

JetBoy on September 26, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Amanpour could function quite effectively as his secretary of state.

rplat on September 26, 2007 at 9:57 AM

Agreed, she was the whole reason behind the Bosnia war. She did that video conference with Clinton and said ‘how can you sit by and watch this happen Mr. president?’ Of course she didn’t bother explaining any of the history of the conflict.

And – showman that Clinton is – Clinton jumped right in on the side of the muslims who encroached on the land in the first place demanding ‘rights’ similar to the illegal aliens we have here now (except they demanded rights by the sword which Mexicans haven’t quite done yet).

ThackerAgency on September 26, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Forgive them. The media whores can’t help themselves. Booze to the drunkard. Heroin to the addict. They’d treat with the devil for a scoop on Hell.

Don,t these fools realize that their mere attendance there will be converted to victory propaganda in Iran. It doesn’t matter. Their employers might be able to make a buck…. that excuses everything, always.

Ernest on September 26, 2007 at 10:44 AM

Spit shit on the invitation, and return it.

profitsbeard on September 26, 2007 at 9:57 AM

There.

Jaibones on September 26, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Once again, Limbaugh’s old motto nails the left — there’s no way to parody them.

Jaibones on September 26, 2007 at 10:49 AM

In fact, he repeats those works [sic] so often that it begins to sound like a mantra: Love. Justice. Kindness. Dignity.

The key wird here would be justice. Islamic justice.

aengus on September 26, 2007 at 10:50 AM

so justice and all the rest of it includes murdering gay people, women who show a little too much skin, children to intimidate families, etc.?

At least if Bush talks about that sort of thing, he’s backed it up with humanitarian efforts and aid whether we agree he should have done it or not.

Mommynator on September 26, 2007 at 10:50 AM

wird=word

aengus on September 26, 2007 at 10:51 AM

The thing is: we may blow him off, but I think Ahmadinejad’s smarter than the average bear. But Mahdi knows the game. He plays the game well and, unfortunately, I think he’s winning because no one is taking him seriously. I mean, he ‘can’t’ want Israel wiped off the face of the earth like he said, right? He meant “something else,” or so some of the translators/scholars claim.

He worries me.

kippras on September 26, 2007 at 11:18 AM

This whole episode dealing with this evil in human form is truly a nightmare. It shows the MSM & academia have absolutely no honor or character. Whores have more than they do. Spitting on them or shitting on them is not good enough. They should be replaced —– in my dreams I guess, huh.

countywolf on September 26, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Leave Brian and Christiane alone! What’s wrong with their being there? I learned from Eason Jordan that CNN’s totally fraudulent and pandering coverage of Saddam in Baghdad was better than had CNN not been there to “report”. Same-Same, no?

eeyore on September 26, 2007 at 11:41 AM

I’m surprised the academics and media members could tolerate 30 minutes of Islamic proselytizing.

Oh well, if you’re the head of state, I guess they give you a pass. Unless you’re Jewish or Christian, then your fascist ass better check your damn religious texts at the door.

gabriel sutherland on September 26, 2007 at 11:42 AM

There’s Brian Williams across the room, and Christiane Amanpour a few seats down.

Ahh, yes. Christiane Amanpour is the one who did the “God’s Warriors” series just recently on TV.

Well, now we know how the 1930s were. Back then, a bunch of people here were saying how FDR and Churchill were the real dangers to world peace, that Hitler had some great ideas, and many were funding the Nazi party.

PRCalDude on September 26, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Update: Via HuffPo, how Ahmadinejad suckered the U.S. media.

There is a heck of a lot of antisemitism anti-Zionism in the comments section of Friedman’s article.

PRCalDude on September 26, 2007 at 11:55 AM

Time’s managing editor, Stengel, obviously has never read Rumi.
What an idiotic statement he made about Rumi dictating Admajajajaja’s poetry.

bridgetown on September 26, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Can there be any doubt now what team these people are really on?

TheBigOldDog on September 26, 2007 at 9:47 AM

Nope, not for those who have the eyes to see what is going on.

infidel4life on September 26, 2007 at 12:15 PM

When politicians pander, it’s to get voters to like them better than their opponents. When journalists and academics pander, it’s to get our enemies to like them better than us, the unwashed masses that they’re so embarrassed to be associated with.
It’s just so odd what the shameless get embarassed about.

NellE on September 26, 2007 at 12:26 PM

This is the primary reason why Newt didn’t think Laura was joking. Her punchline was too close to reality!

Joshua P. Allem on September 26, 2007 at 12:32 PM

Well, now we know how the 1930s were. Back then, a bunch of people here were saying how FDR and Churchill were the real dangers to world peace, that Hitler had some great ideas, and many were funding the Nazi party.

So terribly true.

Buzzy on September 26, 2007 at 12:40 PM

I still have to ask the Truthers out there… if the Bushluminati could pull of 9/11, why can’t they get a sniper to off Ahmadinejad while he’s here and then just happen to have “no leads” to go on in the investigation?

RightWinged on September 26, 2007 at 12:42 PM

“Love. Justice. Kindness. Dignity.”
Those must be the words they chant when they stone women and hang gay men in their modern and tolerant country.

As I read this (clutching my bucket with both hands) I asked myself: How anyone could breathe the same air as this living filth is beyond my comprehension; but then, I ‘came to’ and remembered that the ‘Permanent Representative’ of Iran invited members of the MSM.
Ah yes, Brian, Christiane and the other nameless ones were there; I wish it was their last supper, including rat face…One emission of bodily gasses and BOOM–the P.R. and all the news hos would need replacements.
I can dream.

Christine on September 26, 2007 at 12:59 PM

Don’t understand Iranian history? I could care less actually. And I doubt most people know what Persia has to do with Iran.

Ortzinator on September 26, 2007 at 1:09 PM

Personally i would have accepted the invitation just to order pork chops and spare ribs with a beer and a jack and coke.

MMMMMM pooooooorrrrrrrkkkkkk.

Mojack420 on September 26, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Were there any homosexuals there?

bloggless on September 26, 2007 at 1:39 PM

They flirt with danger like a moth to the flame.

Were there any homosexuals there?

bloggless on September 26, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Just the wait staff

Kini on September 26, 2007 at 2:29 PM

Were there any homosexuals there?

bloggless on September 26, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Just the wait staff

Kini on September 26, 2007 at 2:29 PM

And in NYC Most likely!

xler8bmw on September 26, 2007 at 3:40 PM

How can one find the complete list of all the traitors in attendance?

Twoconservative on September 26, 2007 at 3:51 PM

Mr. Allahpundit: what, pray tell, do you have against people of shorter stature? This post smacks of heightism to me.

bosteed on September 26, 2007 at 4:47 PM

Ahmadinejad gets a first-hand look at the first people he will behead when the love, justice. kindness, and dignity of Islam takes over the world.

pocomoco on September 26, 2007 at 5:45 PM

Liberals having dinner with a terrorist. Figures.

SoulGlo on September 26, 2007 at 7:45 PM

I didn’t see Rosie in the group. Maybe he was having a private meeting with her later (to thank her for her fine work) since he couldn’t have a homosexual at the dinner.

PoliticallyIncorrectSandy on September 26, 2007 at 8:22 PM

In an obvious disconnect from reality, the 5th column elite of the corrupt MSM have decided to have tea and crumpets the worlds latest dictator, Iran’s Ahmadinejad.

This, of course, is nothing new. In the past, the MSM have ideologically set their table for such luminaries as Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Ho Chi Min, and Ortega, and today it’s Chavez and Ahmadinejad.

And why are the media so enamored with such people? The answer is simple. Because these despots had, and have, an avowed hatred for America, and being that the media are made up of liberals, socialists and communists, they find kinship with them.

The media’s disconnect though, is the knowledge of what happens when dictators take over a country, because the first to be ‘eliminated’ are the elite such as doctors, teachers, lawyers, and yes – journalists.

What the media do not seem to grasp is that by wanting America to become what they think it should be – they are, in effect, signing their own death warrant.

pocomoco on September 26, 2007 at 8:58 PM

PoliticallyIncorrectSandy on September 26, 2007 at 8:22 PM

Since Rosie is a pig, I doubt the Tiny Terrorist will be meeting with her.

bloggless on September 26, 2007 at 10:53 PM

American blood on his hands, indeed. Kissing up to that tyrant and terrorist is like a slap in the face to the troops being attacked with Iranian IEDs, not to mention any other patriotic American. You don’t legitimize evil.

ReubenJCogburn on September 26, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Ahmigasm – the peak of an American leftie intelligentsia clusterfark.

Entelechy on September 27, 2007 at 12:49 AM