CNN Kicked Out of Iran
So, the real question is, did this reporter purposely botch the truth, in order to manipulate public perception of the issue? Or was it really just a careless mistake, on an extremely sensitive matter? And why was the speech translated separately by CNN's people, despite C-Span airing a copy of the original taping, which contained the corresponding English translation that was presented simultaneously to the non-Farsi-speaking attendees, during the press conference?
Either way, CNN offered a formal apology, today, which Iran has accepted. However, the country will continue to enforce the ban, until the agency can show, through future reports on Iran, that it remains committed to journalistic integrity.
UPDATE: President Ahmadinejad removed the ban on Tuesday (a day after I wrote this) because of CNN's public apology and correction of the error.