The hypocritical farce of media outrage over Jamal Khashoggi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader and former pal of Osama bin Laden, is easily exposed every time you look at the media’s treatment of Iran.
The New York Times just made a big huffy show of canceling its pricey tours to Saudi Arabia.
“In light of the uncertainty surrounding the disappearance of the Washington Post’s Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, The New York Times has decided to cancel all upcoming Times Journeys departures to Saudi Arabia,” a New York Times spokesperson said in an email.
The New York Times “Journeys” are tour packages to destinations around the world. Tour groups are often accompanied by Times’ correspondents and other experts. The journey to Saudi Arabia was advertised as “Saudi Arabia and the Emirates: The Past and Future of Oil.” The 10-day tours included lodging in five-star hotels and started at a cost of $11,995 per individual. The spokesperson said refunds will be issued to those who signed up for the tours.
What a courageous commitment to human rights. Meanwhile you can still book the Iran tour.
As Jordan Schachtel notes, the New York Times cashes in on its Iran tours.
Based on publicly available data on the New York Times travel website, Conservative Review has analyzed that the organization’s “Iran: Tales from Persia” trip, which is hosted by New York Times journalists and opinion writers, is a cash cow that has reaped millions of dollars in revenue for the publication.
The Times’ travel website lists nine publicly available trips to Iran in 2018, with an average group size of 20 people. The Iran tour costs $7,895 per person (based on double occupancy. Single travelers pay an additional $1,500), plus $425 for internal airfare. The price does not include international airfare.
Based on the organization’s own data, the New York Times’ bare minimum gross revenue for for the 2018 “Tales from Persia” tours should start at about $1.5 million.
The New York Times has claimed that its tours are not an endorsement of the regime. But its cancellation of the Saudi tour to protest the alleged actions of the Saudi government show that’s a lie.
So the Times is indeed okay with doing business with Iran, a regime that tortures, murders and rapes its own citizens.
Next time someone touts a Times article fulminating about Jamal Khashoggi, ask them about Iran.
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