A Thriller as Propaganda: On the Iranian TV Series ‘Zero Degree Turn’

Every Monday at 10 p.m. for the past several weeks, millions of Iranians have been hunkering down in front of the “Bearded Box” — as Iranians like to call Iran’s state-controlled television, since bearded clerics are so often all there is to see on it. They are tuning in, however, not in order to listen to yet another representative of the state clergy, but rather to follow a TV series on the persecution of the Jews in the 1940s. Even the Wall Street Journal has enthusiastically reported on the series: underscoring thereby that Iran’s state-controlled television — unlike the President […]

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