VOA Persian's "Parazit": like the Daily Show, but the focus is Iran.

Posted: 03 Dec 2010   Print   Send a link
Public Radio International, The World, 2 Dec 2010, Mitra Taj: "Fati Zarei is one of about a million people who go online every week to watch Parazit. It's an Iranian news satire show that some are calling a Persian version of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Like the Daily Show, Parazit delivers the more bizarre moments of political news with big doses of straight-talk, outrage, and satire. But the focus is Iran. So instead of shots of Sarah Palin, there's a montage of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeatedly warning of the foreign enemy. ... And instead of Comedy Central footing the bill, it's the Voice of America, the official broadcasting service of the U.S. government. It's among the few foreign-based news outlets that offer alternatives to Iran's state-controlled media. The show's name means 'static' -- a reference to what happens when the Iranian government blocks the satellite airwaves that illegally broadcast the program into Iranian homes. ... Hamid Dabishi, a professor at Columbia University ... [says] Iranians, like him who dismiss Voice of America as propaganda, have become online fans of Parazit. 'I don't watch Voice of America,' he says. 'Nobody watches Voice of America. Voice of America is the Voice of United States Congress. But I watch Parazit very regularly. The fact that it comes from the VOA is almost irrelevant.'" -- Why not include Sarah Palin, and her American opposition, in the satire? It would balance and thus bolster the credibility of the satire aimed at Iranian officials. And make a statement about America on what is supposed to be the Voice of America. See previous post, including discussion of the Radio Sweden Saturday Show. See also another previous post about Parazit.