Like the situation in Iran itself, the Western media’s coverage has taken many iterations and positions in a short period of time. As those familiar with Iran and its history increasingly express their reservations with the opposition’s figurehead, it will be interesting to see if Moussavi remains the populist hero of the blogosphere. 

Kate Klonick is a journalist in New York City. She has written for ABCNews.com, Esquire, The Guardian, The Washington Independent and Talking Points Memo.