And you guys say I never post good news.
This comes from Al Jazeera, you’ll note. Daniel Pearl’s father wrote an op-ed for the Times yesterday about the launch of AJ English and whether we should take seriously a news network whose Arab sister sells garbage like this and showcases suicide-bomb boosting clerics in shows like “Sharia and Life.” Takeaway:
Let’s face it: when a terrorist attack is described as a “martyrdom” in a thick Middle Eastern accent, it can be dismissed by Americans as a peculiarity of cultural differences. But imagine the effect of the word if spoken in David Frost’s cultured British tones. This is why, even if Al Jazeera English waters down its alarmist content, it should still be seen as a potential threat: it will bestow respectability upon the practices of its parent network in Qatar, which continues, among other things, to broadcast Sheik Qaradawi’s teachings.
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