A washingtonpost editorial describes Ahmadinejad as:
Holocaust-denier, authoritarian leader and sponsor of terrorismThat's low. Ahmadinejad is the elected president of Iran, a painful fact to admit for some. And of course he isn't authoritarian; Iran is run a complex system based on consensus. And Iran doesn't sponsor terrorism anymore than US does.
But the editorial continues to try - in vain - to belittle the man:
Thus the speech at Columbia: Here he is, the allegedly undemocratic Ahmadinejad, taking questions from students! At an American university! Look who's the real democrat now!You showed him, didn't you!
The columnist is Anne Applebaum, who earlier this ye wrote a column praising Ayan Hirsi, and calling her a role model for the Muslim youth. What else did you expect.
What is disheartening is that people Applebaum were genuinely afraid of what Ahmadinejad had to say, and after he leaves NY, they'll continue talking about free speech.