Bwog turns out to be less of a rumor monger than the New York Sun

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mehr newsBwog was puzzled when news of a delegation of Columbia professors going to Iran to apologize to President Ahmadinejad for PrezBo’s performance in September appeared in our inbox yesterday. The article by the government-sponsored Mehr News agency cited only one anonymous source and seemed completely improbable, Bwog brushed it off as Iranian propaganda and went about its day. 

The New York Sun, however, ran a whole article (followed by a pro-PrezBo comment signed as CB9 chair Jordi Reyes-Montblanc) about the “visit,” which also made it into the pages of such reputable news outlets as the New York Times and Michigan Daily, as well as a handful of blogs. No professors confirmed the story, Richard Bulliet didn’t know anything about it, and a Columbia spokesman said the university “has no knowledge or information about the claims being made in the Iranian media.” Now City Room has a fat post on the non-story, consisting of multiple denials of the rumor and a rehash of the whole affair.

If any professors are planning to head east, they might not be professors for much longer, since PrezBo apparently banned official visits last month. Bwog suggests a telegram.


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  1. what do you  

    call a group of laptops who travel to another country to speak to foreign officials?

    a Dell-a-gation!

  2. The King of Spain  

    Look, Reyes-Montblanc needs to get his head out of his ass. I won't fight and die for that small-minded leech in any "direct action" to protect his silly little fiefdom on manhattan.

  3. hah

    so NYSun was so desperate for a way to meet its weekly quota and paint columbia anti-american that it had to resort to iranian propaganda!?

  4. Pun Guy

    if I meet you, I will smack you.

  5. Anonymous

    How is the desert? Stop

    Like amother world? Stop

    We're in your country, investigating your cultures. Stop

    Send oil. Stop

  6. Wow

    Unacceptable if this is true. I hope they lose tenure, if they have it.

  7. richard bulliet

    is too busy donating to hillary's campaign to be organizing any such trip.

  8. No. 8

    Also: EVERYONE knows "delegation to Iran" was a secret code for Prezbo's Super Sweet Surprise Birthday Party.

  9. I love how

    the Iranian news website has an American English version.

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