Since Friday, April 30, 2021, passers-by walking on Manhattan’s 8th Avenue towards the Village, passing in front of the New York Times Tower, at the corner of W40th Street, see a large black-and-white billboard on the brick facade of an old building in front of them.
If you are Iranian, you can tell from the corner of 41st, who the cleric with the gun is, whose picture is embossed on the 32’ x 13’ billboard: Ali Khamenei.
But if you sit in the tower and write for the New York Times, you may not know why Iranian citizens have planted a picture of their criminal dictator in front of your office in a civil protest – for a month. They put money together, they did what they could, so that the faces and writings would be so large and legible that they could not be passed over indifferently.
The last sentence, at the bottom of the banner, “Do not trust the mullahs’ apologists in the US media,” calls on you, sitting in the tower of one of these media.
If you do not know why, go to your colleague, Farnaz Fassihi. She would refer you to an army of trolls and robots, to her Twitter account blocklist, which is taller than the 1046 feet Times skyscraper, to those who do not exist and are nevertheless disturbing her work: being an apologist for the repressive and killing system of Ayatollahs! A system that shelters, educates, finances, and weaponizes the families of bin Laden, al-Qaeda terrorists and other nations; the same people that destroyed the Manhattan Twin Towers two decades ago and turned them into “Ground Zero.”
When you come out of the tower and Fassihi and get closer to the assassin mullah with the gun, you will see a tag cloud in the whiteness of Khamenei’s face, beard and gun: “killing Hezbollah terrorism IRGC Houthis Yemen Ansar,” and numbers: “1500, 176, PS752…” and a passer-by who shouts: “The New York Times is all fake news and propaganda,” and hurriedly walks past.
Translation of this post by Sahar.