Date: Mon, May 12, 2008 at 10:44 AM
Subject: Clinton and Obama on Al-Jazeera - by Juan Cole
Professor Cole fairly recently was in Qatar and stopped by the office of Ahmed Sheikh, palestinian and editor-in-chief of al-Jazeera's Arabic Service. This is Cole's informative report on Qatar and al-Jazeera. The Bush-ites angst over al-Jazeera is radically out of phase with the true character of what is Qatar, and al-Jazeera. As just one example,
"Al-Jazeera's coverage of the [American] primary focused on the facts and avoided editorializing, and its interpretation of the meaning of last Tuesday's events was squarely within the mainstream of U.S. political reporting. The only exceptional things about it were the language spoken by the on-air talent and the fact that a satellite channel based halfway around the world in a tiny Gulf emirate had the means and the interest to report from Indiana and Washington on the complexities of the U.S. primary system to Arabic-speaking viewers."