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From Al Gore to Al Jazeera

IvanKaramazov Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 7:20 PM
"Orville Schell told the Associated Press, has “probably dropped the contract because they fear American prejudice.” Hey Orville, why didn't you sell to Glenn Beck? Fear the truth? And Schell, that's German right? Probably a Nazi...watch out, my Jewish friends. This channel is going to be an anti-Israel screed day in and day out...wait for it.

A few years back I was interviewed about some development in the Middle East by a reporter from Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned television news channel. Afterwards, we sat for a while and talked journalism. He mentioned that he had previously worked for Al Jazeera. I asked why he had left. “Too many Islamists,” he said. “They made me uncomfortable.”

It’s bizarre: We used to know a lot about Al Jazeera. At what point did amnesia set in? The station was launched in November 1996. Two months after al-Qaeda’s attacks on New York and Washington, Fouad Ajami, the Lebanese-born American scholar,