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From Al Gore to Al Jazeera

Miniyou Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 1:08 PM
Everyone remember that the most important thing that you need to do is to call your broadcast provider, especially Direct TV and Dish. Tell them if they do not remove Current TV that you will change to a provider that will. Let everyone know and tell your friends and family to call. How will the troops feel when they come back and find that they lost the war at home while fighting overseas. Let them know that they may be able to buy Gore but they can't buy the rest of us. Show your outrage in a constructive manner. Call.

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,