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NBC News hypes live coverage of terrorist Qassem Soleimani's burial in Iran


Who wanted to watch that?

People in various parts of Iran lit candles and mourned the night of Gen. Qasem Soleimani's burial Tuesday in Tehran. (Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

NBC News made an interesting editorial decision to carry the burial of Iranian terrorist Gen. Qassem Soleimani live on its network and to promote the coverage on social media.

Soleimani, who was killed Friday during a drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump, was the leader of Iran's Quds Force from 1988 until his death. The Quds Force is designated as a terrorist organization and has been since 2007.

Still, NBC opted to cover the death of a man responsible for many injuries and deaths of U.S. forces as if he was any other non-terrorist foreign leader.

Reporter Cal Perry, who was covering the event in Iran, said the magnitude of the event gave "a little insight into the kind of hero that this man was in Iran."

Perry went on to discuss how Soleimani and the Quds Force has bolstered Iran's ability to fight its enemies abroad, citing Hezbollah fighting Israel in Lebanon and Soleimani's direct engagement and killing of U.S. soldiers when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003.

It's obvious that the network was attempting to highlight the importance of Soleimani to the Iranian people, but the choice to explain to an American audience how much of a "hero" Soleimani was for his efforts to kill American soldiers was not well-received by many viewers.

The replies to NBC News' promotional tweet were overwhelmingly negative, with the general sentiment being: Why are you covering this?

The response to Soleimani's death from media and opponents of President Donald Trump has seemed, at times, almost sympathetic toward the slain general.

For example, a tweet about Soleimani's death by the Washington Post referred to Soleimani as "revered military leader."

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