To continue a theme from last week, (but in a more serious vein than UFO’s and aliens,) I am increasingly distressed by the number of writers, reporters, analysts and/or commentators who simply choose to ignore the facts and disseminate inaccurate information, and then use that erroneous information to make a point.
The latest example to catch my attention involves VOA.
A blogger named Javad Rad, writing on the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy blog, claimed the reason President Obama recently chose to give an interview to BBC Persian TV and not to VOA’s Persian News Network was audience size.
Rad wrote: “Obviously VOA has not been able to reach a sizable audience inside Iran.”
Obviously? Hardly. This is simply untrue – and begs the question of whether Mr. Rad conducted any research whatsoever before writing.
Because it wasn’t particularly difficult to ascertain that:
According to a BBC news release earlier this year, “BBC Persian has an estimated 3.1 million viewers in Iran.”
And drawing on survey data compiled by InterMedia, VOA researchers estimate the VOA TV audience in Iran to be around 9 million. Even if this audience were only half as big as that estimate, it would still be higher than BBC 's own published estimate for their audience.
Any chance of a correction, Mr. Rad?