Thursday, February 09, 2012


Check out Iran's vaunted entrance into the Latin America news business, HispanTV. Scrolling around, my first impression is that it simply duplicates Telesur. There are three main themes:

--the importance of Venezuela

--the importance of Cuba (seriously, the lead story for Latin America is currently "Paraguayan Foreign Minister Visits Cuba")

--disgust with the developed world

In other words, the same as Telesur, which actually has more on the Middle East as well.

What this suggests is that such a network will have limited influence. What fresh content does it have to offer that Hugo Chávez is not already providing? In short, is it reasonable to argue that anyone in Latin America will look more favorably on Iran--or Iran's worldview more generally--as a result of this network?


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