Why Can’t the American Media Cover the Protests in Iran?

As widespread anti-regime protests in Iran continue on into their third day, American news audiences are starting to wonder why the US media has devoted so little coverage to such dramatic—and possibly history-making—events. Ordinary people are taking their lives in their hands to voice their outrage at the crimes of an obscurantist regime that has repressed them since 1979, and which attacks and shoots dead them in the streets. So why aren’t the protests in Iran making headlines?

The short answer is that the American media is incapable of covering the story, because its resources and available story-lines for Iran reporting and expertise were shaped by two powerful official forces—the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Obama White House. Without government minders providing them with story-lines and experts, American reporters are simply lost—and it shows.

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Mark Richt avoids ejection after grabbing official

Dec 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt stands on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

After jumping out to a 14-3 lead in the FedEx Orange Bowl, No. 10 Miami saw its lead evaporate in the second quarter as No. 6 Wisconsin scored 21 unanswered points to take a 24-14 halftime lead.

During the Badgers’ third touchdown drive of the quarter, Miami head coach Mark Richt was furious, as he believed that a holding call was missed. Richt let the officials have it during a timeout in the final minute of the quarter, even pushing back one of his assistants as if to say “I’ll do the talking here.”

Richt was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, after which he grabbed an official. According to the rules, that should have resulted in an ejection for forcibly grabbing an official.

And given what Kentucky running back Benny Snell was ejected for in Friday’s Music City Bowl, Richt is fortunate that he was not thrown out.

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Report | Raiders preparing to offer Jon Gruden head coach job

Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; ESPN analyst Jon Gruden during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are planning on offering Jon Gruden to become the team’s next head coach, according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN. The ESPN report states that the Raiders could even offer Gruden ownership stake in the team as a means to entice him to accept the role.

It appears it’s not merely a pipe dream for the Raiders to persuade Gruden to re-join the head coaching ranks, as the report mentions that Gruden will be tempted to accept the offer, but would choose to wait until the end of the 2017 season to make his decision.

The elephant in the room is that the Raiders currently have a head coach in Jack Del Rio. Not only is Del Rio the current man in charge, but he signed a contract extension to remain with the franchise last offseason.

Gruden would be returning to a place he has history, as he served as the head coach in Oakland from 1998-2001. He made the playoffs, and won a game in said playoffs in each of his final two years at the helm.

After departing from the Raiders, Gruden moved on to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-2008. His first year with the Bucs saw him with the lone Super Bowl of his career, defeating none other than the Raiders.

He currently serves as the color commentator during the Monday Night Football telecast, a job he has insisted he is happy in. He was recently sought after by the Tennessee Volunteers to become their head coach, before they hired Jeremy Pruitt.

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Saquon Barkley’s Fiesta Bowl performance a fine parting gift

Dec 30, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) is interviewed after beating the Washington Huskies during the 2017 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz.Penn State junior running back Saquon Barkley was non-committal before the Fiesta Bowl when discussing his future.

“It’s hard because it’s right in front of you,” he said Thursday at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. “I’m human. I have taken time to think about it. I talked to [coach James] Franklin about it before the season even started. I talked to my family about it. The best way I try to deal with it is to live in the moment and appreciate the time I have here.”

Barkley wasn’t ready to announce his future plans on Saturday evening. He wanted to drink in the night, but if Penn State’s 35-28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium was his last performance for the Nittany Lions before declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft, he gave Penn State fans quite a parting gift.

Barkley carried 18 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yard TD run that gave Penn State a 28-7 lead at 9:01 of the second quarter. It was the longest run in Fiesta Bowl history, breaking the previous record of 84 yards by Penn State’s Chafie Fields against Texas in 1997.

“He’s probably as good as advertised,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said. “He is a big, strong, athletic guy. He must have jumped us four times and then outrun us. We knew if he gets a step, he’s really, really fast. I think he’s an excellent player.”

On the long touchdown run, Barkley said the coaching staff designed a play to get the defense looking to the sideline. Barkley took the handoff and ran off left tackle.

“We kind of picked that up watching film,” he said. “Once we did our little fake cadence, they looked to the sideline and we said, ‘We got ’em.’”

If Barkley chooses to turn pro, he would likely be considered the best running back prospect in the nation by a wide margin. NFL.com did a poll of league executives, and Barkley raised comparisons to such NFL players as the Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt and the Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott.

“I was at the game a few years ago when Elliott and Barkley shared the same field,” one executive told NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah. “As impressive as Elliott was, Barkley was the better player. They have similar skill sets, but Barkley is better in every area.”

After the game, Barkley and a few teammates took a lap around the stadium floor to honor and high-five the Penn State fans that made the trip and far outnumbered Washington’s fans.

“I think we have the best fans in college football,” Barkley said. “I just wanted to say thank you to the fans. This 2017 team will never be back together. The seniors will go on to play football or go on to be successful businessmen or whatever they pursue in life. We’re so thankful for all the support they had for us all year.”

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Questionable Orange Bowl reviews fire up JJ Watt

Oct 8, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The first half of the FedEx Orange Bowl between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 10 Miami featured two close calls that required the use of replay, with one ruling being made in favor of the Hurricanes and the other for the Badgers. Both ultimately led to Houston Texans defensive end and Wisconsin alum J.J. Watt calling out the replay official.

The first was Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor’s first-quarter fumble, with it being ruled on the field that the freshman was down by contact. Sure enough, upon further review the call was reversed, with Miami getting the football with it being ruled that the ball was moving before Taylor’s knee hit the ground.

The second call was Danny Davis III’s 20-yard touchdown catch, with the playing standing as called after being review, even though it did not appear Davis had crossed the plane of the goal line.

Following those plays Watt took to Twitter to question the replay official and essentially wonder if he’d had some “refreshments” beforehand.

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Bischoff | 5 things we learned scouting the Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl

Memphis Tigers (10-3) vs Iowa State Cyclones (8-5)

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium – Memphis, TN


Iowa State Cyclones (21) – Memphis Tigers (20)

The Iowa State Cyclones made a lot of noise in the regular season, upsetting two top-five teams in a three-week span in October. They knocked off then No. 3 Oklahoma on October 7 and followed that up with an upset over then No. 4 TCU on October 28, so it should not surprise anyone that they knocked off another double-digit win team in their bowl game.

The Memphis Tigers came into this game after a heartbreaking loss to UCF in the AAC Championship game, and they have a bunch of talent across the board which got them 10 wins in the regular season. The Memphis offense was prolific and the matchup against Iowa State was intriguing on many levels.

It was a tight, close game that came down to the wire, but Iowa State was able to outlast the Tigers in the end. Let’s take a look at the things we learned scouting this bowl game today.

1) Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller might have had a quiet day, but make no mistake, he has a very bright future. Miller caught five passes in this game and it does not take much time for his skill to show up. He runs very precise routes and creates separation quickly through excellent footwork and has the burst to move away from defenders. He is a very exciting prospect and will have a chance to shine in Mobile at the Senior Bowl in January.

Miller is feisty and plays with a chip on this shoulder, and can be tough to get to the ground at times. He is physical enough to run through arm tackles and quick/fast enough to run away from members of the opposing secondary. He also has some wiggle and has lateral agility to make defenders miss, and that combination makes him very dangerous with the ball in his hands. All of those traits were on display on the 10-yard screen pass he took into the end zone early in this game. He is one of the players in the 2018 draft that I’d very much want my team to end up with.

2) Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard is a bit of an enigmatic player but he was dominant in this contest. He is a huge target and looks to have long arms and that makes him a very dangerous weapon at the college level. Lazard showed very good body control and the ability to adjust to the ball in the air to make catches in the game. He was tough to stop when the ball was under-thrown or when he ran out routes in the game, and he has the look of a player that should dominate contested catch situations. He was allowed a free release at the line of scrimmage and that gave him the freedom to break off routes and box out defenders.

However, I worry about his speed as he moves more like a tight end and less like a wide receiver and he will need to win contested catch situations all the time in the NFL because he will not create separation with his feet. That is a tough task but he definitely has the body for it.

3) Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson runs hot and cold as he can make all the throws but struggles with accuracy at times. I think this stems from technical and fundamental issues relating to his footwork and release. His release can be a touch long and if his feet are not set, he struggles to deliver the ball accurately. Ferguson made several really nice throws in this game as he put the ball into tight windows between layers of coverage.

Interestingly, when his feet were set and when he stepped into throws, he threw the ball with zip and excellent accuracy and if he can get his footwork cleaned up and more consistent, I think he can do some good things as a passer. He threw the ball really well in cold weather as the ball stayed in a tight spiral and didn’t hang up in the air. He showed excellent toughness by hanging in the pocket to deliver the ball accurately right as he was getting drilled. Ferguson showed some good things in his performance in this game.

4) Memphis linebacker Genard Avery is more than just a linebacker and his ability to rush the passer makes him an intriguing prospect as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 base scheme. While he is not super explosive, he can get from one side of the tackle box to the other to pursue the ball carrier when he is unblocked. He has a very thick lower half and is dangerous as a pass rusher because of his low center, and he showed his pass rush ability multiple times in this game. He showed advanced hand usage to get off of blocks and move past guards as he rushed the “B” gaps in this game.

Avery looked more dangerous as a pass rusher than he did as traditional linebacker and I could see a team that deploys a 3-4 base defense liking him a lot as an inside linebacker with the ability to get after the quarterback. Avery is not quick or fast but plays with outstanding leverage and power, and if he is asked to win in short areas he will be fine. Add the pass rush to that and you have an intriguing player that will go in the middle of the draft in 2018.

5) Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning is a very fun player to watch and while he can play multiple positions at the college level, he might make a home as a monster on special teams in the NFL. Lanning moves with good fluidity and can be very quick to get up the field and through a gap. He looks athletic when he is asked to flip his hips and run in coverage in the middle of the field. He did struggle to find the ball but he has not played linebacker a long time and he needs time there.

Lanning can close quickly and showed that ability in the game on a delayed blitz when he forced Ferguson to throw the ball quicker than he wanted to. He scored a rushing touchdown in the game lining up out of the quarterback position. When I watch Lanning, I see a developmental prospect that can help tremendously on special teams immediately and there is value in that kind of player.

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Photo Of The Day By Gosha L

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Bryce Canyon National Park” by Gosha L. Location: Utah.
Photo By Gosha L

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Bryce Canyon National Park” by Gosha L. Location: Utah.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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The future of FinTech is racist, according to this anonymous data scientist

This is an excerpt from a long interview between an anonymous data scientist and Logic Magazine about AI, deep learning, FinTech, and the future, conducted in November 2016. LOGIC: One hears a lot about algorithmic finance and things like robo-advisers. And I’m wondering, is it over-hyped? DATA SCIENTIST: I would say that robo-advisers are not doing anything special. It’s AI only in the loosest sense of the word. They’re not really doing anything advanced — they’re applying a formula. And it’s a reasonable formula, it’s not a magic formula, but they’re not quantitatively assessing markets and trying to make predictions. They’re applying…

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The 10 best games of 2017

2016 brought us amazing titles and new hardware like the PlayStation 4 Pro, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation VR, but 2017, somehow, was even better. Indie titles like Cuphead proved creativity is alive and well, while titles we expected to be good, like Destiny 2, somehow still managed to exceed expectations. Sprinkle in the most powerful console to date, the Xbox One X, and you’ll see why 2017 defied all expectations. It was difficult, but we somehow narrowed the list down to these games, which we believe to be the best-of-the-best in 20117. Feel free to argue with us in the…

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Job hoppers, you’re (probably) playing a losing game

Employees at big tech companies tend to frequently switch jobs, a recent Business Insider article noted. People working for Uber stick around just over a year. Employees at Airbnb, Twitter, Snap, and Apple stay almost two years on average. To me, these results reconfirm that job hopping in tech is a thing. In some ways, it’s a bit of a relief to know that I’m not the only CEO struggling with the hyper-liquidity of the Silicon Valley job market — and the enormous cost of short-tenure employees to a growing business. It’s a huge challenge for many of us, but it’s also…

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