The Crying Game
December 17, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

The Mossadegh Project | March 27, 2014                                                           

This non-syndicated piece ran in the editorial section of newspapers across America between around Monday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 28, 1951.

Tears Are New TV Vogue

One of our politicians broke down and cried during a speech the other day. That’s what television will do. Those news films of Iran’s Premier Mossadegh in tearful action on his home grounds have been getting around.

We had rather hoped that the vogue wouldn’t catch on. We were especially encouraged when Mossadegh, with fine restraint, managed to curb the flow from his lachrymal glands all during his American stay.

But politicians like to experiment with new techniques. And, no question about it, Mossadegh has got one.

Of course, it really hasn’t been tested at the polls yet. Iran has an election coming up before long, and then we’ll see how Mossadegh’s salty precipitation pays off. It might be wise for own fellows to hold off until then. And they’d better give some thought, too, to what these crying spells can do to their TV make-up.


Related links:

A Bad Break is FearedThe Knickerbocker News, October 17, 1951

Mossadegh A Hero?The Evening News of the Tonawandas, November 26, 1951

Premier Mossadegh’s Faulty Logic — U.S. editorial, October 20, 1951

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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