Ask the Best and Brightest: Should I Appear on Al Jazeera?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
ask the best and brightest should i appear on al jazeera

TTAC’s Google ranking on the whole GM bankruptcy deal has delivered unto us a few shout-outs from the MSM. Now that the C11 deed is done, public radio’s “The Takeaway” ’phoned this afternoon—to ask what they should ask GM marketing maven and dealer destroyer Mark LaNeve. Other than that, Al Jazeera. The Arab TV service called to arrange to interview about the collapse of the artist formerly known as the world’s largest automaker. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I’m worried that the network might use my comments about GM’s epic fail, the federal government’s abandonment of free market principles and GM’s bleak future to fuel the fires of anti-Americanism. I am, believe it or not, a patriot. On the other hand, it is what it is. America’s greatest strength is our citizens’ freedom of speech. Of course, I would say that, wouldn’t I? What say you? Should I accept or decline this invitation to discuss the dark side of America’s corporate culture and centralized governance?

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  • Sgt_Joe Sgt_Joe on Jun 03, 2009

    So Robert, what's the verdict? Yea or Nay?

  • U mad scientist U mad scientist on Jun 03, 2009
    My bad, it was Al Arabiya not Al Jazeera. The point remains that their Arab branch actively campaigns against Isreal and should not be supported in any way, IMO. Both Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera are modern international news networks that actually report news instead of the general trash on US TV. You can readily identify the ignorant people in the thread above who apparently can't be bothered to look at even their english content. There is also no difference between their english and arabic news except for amount of coverage on topics. Research the primary source if this is unbelievable (go check Arabiya because I only did the cross on Jazeera). Remember to report back afterward about how low-life scumbag liars in the US media managed to fool all the "dumb americans" into believing otherwise. This topic ironically reinforces the worst stereotypes about us abroad. -- BTW, that clip doesn't show shit. It's some lady who thinks she may have seen a rocket fire from somewhere below her. On par with most US news reporting. Bravo.

  • Bertel Schmitt Bertel Schmitt on Jun 03, 2009

    Go forth and give the interview. According to Stratfor, Obama just gave an "interview with Saudi-owned satellite channel al-Arabiya (his first with a foreign news organization after becoming president)." If he can, so can you.

  • Zeitgeist Zeitgeist on Jun 03, 2009
    ajla: Yes, as long as you wear an American flag tie or a cowboy hat. Or a bowtie.