June 17, 2013 at 7:22 am
The New York Times seems to be moderating its description of the winning candidate in Iran's presidential election, Hassan Rowhani. Here's the evolution of the Times coverage:
Saturday, page one headline: "Moderate in Iranian Election Leads in Initial Returns."
Sunday, page one headline: "Iran Moderate Wins Presidency by a Large Margin."
Monday, page A6, news article:
while the election of the new president, Hassan Rowhani, a former nuclear negotiator who is considered a moderate compared with the other candidates, was greeted by some administration officials as the best of all likely outcomes, they said it did not change the fact that only the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, would make the final decision about any concessions to the West.
Even so, they said they wanted to test Mr. Rowhani quickly, noting that although he argued for a moderate tone in dealing with the United States and its allies when he was a negotiator, he also boasted in 2006 that Iran had used a previous suspension of nuclear enrichment to make major strides in building its nuclear infrastructure.
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