When U.S. President Donald Trump stopped all incoming travelers from seven primarily-Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia was not on the list but Iran was. Iran retaliated by blocking all Americans from traveling to Iran, including the U.S. wrestling team who were scheduled to compete in the annual wrestling version of the World Cup. When the ban got knocked down stateside, the Iranians relented and at the last minute the U.S. wrestlers got on a plane and arrived in Iran to a warm welcome.
The plot thickened as it all came down to the U.S. vs. Iranian teams in the final.
In a close competition, the Iranians won for the 6th year in a row, an amazing feat for a relatively small nation. You might think a sports drama like that would be of interest to the media. But NBC, who had rights to cover the event, instead opted for a blackout on it. Presumably, it conflicted with their propaganda talking points. But even sports fans might be catching on.
I saw the following posted in the comments section of a wrestling website:
“The powers that be in the US mainstream media, of which NBC is a prominent player, are not willing to expose Americans to an athletic event in which Iran and Iranians are portrayed as they actually are: cultured, rational, and especially friendly to the US and Americans. Did you hear the chants of “Jordan, Jordan” when Burroughs wrestled opponents from other countries? All Americans were warmly welcomed by the Iranian wrestlers and fans. Do you think the shapers of thought in the US want Joe Sixpack and the common man to see this and ask themselves the big question: “Boy, everyone says that those Iranians are the apex of evil, and that they hate us in America, but look: they love the American wrestlers and they root for our guys. They also look pretty normal and enthusiastic about wrestling. Maybe they’re not so bad after all…” Wake up, people. You have been IV dripped with false kool aid about these people. They are the ones with boots on the ground in Syria, fighting the head choppers and liver eaters of ISIS. I know that FLO is a wrestling site and not a political site, but when they post on why mainstream media is not willing to show wrestling from Iran, ignoring the mainstream media’s politically driven bias against Iran gives much less than a complete picture.”