Wow. Bill Keller’s memo from Tehran can be read almost as a direct rebuke to the Daily Show segment on the NYT. (Which, by the way, I didn’t think was very funny. The mean-spirited field segments have always been my least favorite part of that show.)
Kinda like: “How’s this for yesterday’s news?”
Something else to notice: Bill Keller can write like a dream.
On the streets around Fatemi Square, near the headquarters of the leading opposition candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, riot police officers dressed in Robocop gear roared down the sidewalks on motorcycles to disperse and intimidate the clots of pedestrians who gathered to share rumors and dismay.
“Another four years of dictatorship,” a voter muttered, and “this is a coup d’etat.” Several others agreed. Some women wept openly. Some talked of “mutiny.” Others were more cynical.
“It was just a movie,” said Hussein Gharibi, a 54-year-old juice vendor, scoffing at those who got their hopes up. “They were all just players in a movie.”
Crisp, imagistic (“dressed in Robocop gear”), revealing. Pretty amazing when the top (editorial) executive is also one of the best writers.