Iran’s Latest Propaganda Tool: The Clinton-Trump Debates on Live TV


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Wednesday. A day earlier, he called the American election “a spectacle for exposing their crimes and debacles.”

Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader, via Associated Press

TEHRAN — In the past, Iranians looking to mock the United States would burn cardboard effigies of Uncle Sam or Lady Liberty. But in recent months, as the American presidential election took a series of bizarre turns, Iranians seeking to make fun of the “Great Satan” have ditched the arts and crafts and simply switched on their TV sets.

Iran’s state television, a bastion of conservative ideologues, for once interrupted its regular programing about the…

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