Media Mashup: September 4, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 10.10.58 PMObama’s Victory in Iran?

It is odd how the media are playing President Obama’s “victory” on the Iran deal. He has convinced one-third of the U.S. Senate and one-third of the American people that the nuclear treaty is a good one. For details, see

Cheering in the Media on Iran

PBS anchor Gwen Ifill continued her role as one of the president’s cheerleaders. After Obama had obtained the support of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski for a veto-proof vote, Ifill tweeted, “Take that Bibi.”

The tweet referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had opposed the nuclear deal. At least the PBS ombudsman thought the tweet was out of line. See

Good News

An effort has been supported by Pope Francis to make the late baseball star and humanitarian Robert Clemente a saint. Clemente, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and died in 1972, is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to



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