Michael Rubin points out that Obama faces a critical choice, if he decides to grant an interview to reach out to the Iranian people:

"The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) has asked to interview Obama as a way to reach out to the Iranian people. Should Obama choose to address the Iranian people, he must decide: Will he address the Iranian people through state media and thereby signal that the path to Iranian hearts and minds goes through the regime, or will he reach out directly using Radio Farda or Voice of America-Persian service? If the former, he will, in effect, throw the media services so important during the Cold War under the bus."