Bwog 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.
@I love how the Iranian news website has an American English version.
@No. 8 Also: EVERYONE knows “delegation to Iran” was a secret code for Prezbo’s Super Sweet Surprise Birthday Party.
@DENNY CRANE Denny Crane.
@richard bulliet is too busy donating to hillary’s campaign to be organizing any such trip.
@Wow Unacceptable if this is true. I hope they lose tenure, if they have it.
@Anonymous How is the desert? Stop
Like amother world? Stop
We’re in your country, investigating your cultures. Stop
Send oil. Stop
@Pun Guy if I meet you, I will smack you.
@Unfortunately, I’m more a fan of the Geometer. Hilarious.
@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!?
@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.
@what do you call a group of laptops who travel to another country to speak to foreign officials?
@LOVE I look forward to your jokes in every post. Haha.
@but pun guy is cool and all, but it’s getting to be time he go the way of manley cottingshire and the geometer…
@Well His absence may prove to a health risk. Who knows, if punguy leaves, he may be replaced with a fun-gi.
@Nope Sorry, your comment was rejected. That was weak.
@Alum Wow – that makes one of us!