Al Jazeera’s Rise


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During the Democratic National Convention, I did some political commentary for Al Jazeera as well as MSNBC, CNN, Alhurra, TV Asahi, and others. But when in the Al Jazeera English booth, which they shared with a local Fox News affiliate, I saw then DNC Chair Howard Dean walk in. His staff had set him up for an interview on the Al Jazeera English Channel.
When he walked in though, I think he thought he was talking to Fox — and he seemed totally fine with that. When he realized it was Al Jazeera, he reeled out of there and fairly rudely.
(Note to Howard: Fox is not really, totally a news organization; Al Jazeera is.)
Now, whether it was General Stanley McChrystal when running the Afghanistan War or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, big political names are appearing on Al Jazeera — which also is kicking some tail in its addictive, mesmerizing, high quality coverage of the protests in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Al Jazeera’s English language viewership has increased by more than 2,500% since the protests began — and in my view, cable networks around the nation should be scrambling to get Al Jazeera into their stable of options for viewers. I watch Al Jazeera on Channel 275 on Comcast Digital.
Just today, at Foreign Policy, Hugh Miles has an excellent oped sorting out the “Al Jazeera effect” and how it’s role in portraying themes and visuals unleashed during these protests may be a regime leveler in the Middle East.
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be running banner ads on the site that promote Al Jazeera — and will be doing so not just because TWN is getting good ad revenue — but also because I totally support what Al Jazeera is accomplishing today by building out a serious civil society platform that spans the Muslim and Arabic worlds like no other network.
— Steve Clemons


15 comments on “Al Jazeera’s Rise

  1. Kathleen says:

    Nadine here you go. Over at Mondoweiss
    Australian detainee Mamdouh Habib recounts torture at the hands of the US/Israeli favorite Omar Suleiman
    The biggest conspiracy of all was the WMD’s in Iraq and the very same folks who came up with that “pack of lies” have been repeating the unsubstantiated claims about Iran.


  2. Kathleen says:

    Nadine “El Baradei has been out of Egypt for over twenty years. He’s been at the UN. It should be no surprise that he doesn’t have a big following inside Egypt. However, his high profile with foreign reporters makes him a great frontman for the Muslim Brotherhood.”
    Andrea Mitchell, Jamie Rubin, Richard Engel etc repeating that El Baradei does not have much of a standing with the Egyptian people sounds like spin to me. Andrea Mitchell, Rubin others seem to be supporting Sulieman staying. I don’t want to hear Mitchell or Engel’s spin about what the Egyptian people think about El Baradei.
    Israel and the U.S. have been in full support of Mubarak’s regime. So much for Israel supporting the evolution of democracy.
    Israel and the I lobby do not want El Baradei to get hold. YOu can be sure of that


  3. Dan Kervick says:

    What I’m saying is that because the IAEA has been lied to in the past, demonstrably, by some of these intelligence agencies, the well has been poisoned. The practical problem the IAEA faces is that they can’t just incorporate every report that any Tom, Dick and Ira in the government spook business brings to them. They have to launch their own investigation. The investigations might be expedited if the agencies in question had established a reputation for integrity and credibility. But known liars and thieves can’t be trusted.
    The real reason Baradei has so many enemies right now is the frustration he has signaled in the past that non-proliferation policy in the region has been thwarted by cynicism due the blatant double standard the US applies to it.


  4. Dan Kervick says:

    Well, perhaps the IAEA did not find the information that was presented by French and Israeli intelligence as compelling as France and Israel did. The well-poisoning credibility damage goes back to the Iraq War, when some western intelligence agencies were responsible for fabricating evidence.


  5. grd says:

    Hey nadine… how much is AIPAC paying you? Have you actually watched AJE? Can you provide a single piece of evidence to support your claims? They are, of course, entirely false. Please stop this; you are wasting oxygen that is needed by actual sentient beings.


  6. Dan Kervick says:

    “El Baradei has been an Islamist sympathizer for a long time.”
    Prove it.


  7. Dan Kervick says:

    “However, his high profile with foreign reporters makes him a great frontman for the Muslim Brotherhood.”
    That’s ridiculous. Al Baradei is a long time internationalist and international jurist and has no affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.


  8. Dan Kervick says:

    ” … Steve’s State Department colleagues …”
    I meant to say, “State Department contacts.”


  9. Dan Kervick says:

    If any of Steve’s State Department colleagues are reading this, please do what you can to inquire into the disappearance of Kareem Amer:


  10. Kathleen says:

    Dan clearly some folks do not want El Bardei to move forward. He called the Bush administration out on the false Niger Documents and other false pre war intelligence. He calls Israel out on their ever expanding illegal settlements and how this has and continues to undermine the “dead as a doorknob” peace process. El Baradei comes out and tries to nudge Israel to sign the Non Proliferation treaty which Iran and Iraq signed long ago.
    Clearly some folks do not want El Baradei to have a solid foot hold in the transition process. He would continue to bring attention to Israel’s illegal activities and how Egypt has provided cover for this.
    Mitchell, Engel, Jamie Rubin etc are absolutely doing what they can to undermine El Baradei


  11. Dan Kervick says:

    “… repeating that El Baradei does not have much influence out on the Egyptian streets.”
    It’s interesting, because revolutionary leading light Wael Ghonim is apparently a strong Al Baradei supporter. He helped set up a campaign website for Al Baradei, and his Facebook page listed Al Baradei as someone he admires – along with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs.


  12. Kathleen says:

    Steve wondering when someone will focus or write about what seems to be an effort to undermine El Baradei by some of our MSM pundits and reporters. Have heard Andrea Mitchell, Jamie Rubin, Richard Engel etc repeating that El Baradei does not have much influence out on the Egyptian streets. Have repeated other comments like these which undermined El Baradei
    Also David Gregory really went after El Baradei on Meet the Press this Sunday. Seem to be really going after him. It is clear that Israel and the U.S. are all about Sulieman


  13. Kathleen says:

    To think that just seven or so years ago…Al Jazeera was being blocked from our media outlets. Now CNN etc using their clips all of the time except when it comes to what is going on in the I/P conflict. Still blocked on that issue


  14. Dan Kervick says:

    One thing I have enjoyed on Al Jazeera since I have been watching lately are their investigative stories on non-Middle East issues. I have seen very compelling programs on Latvian forests, Appalachian mining communities and China.
    I also appreciate the professional demeanor of the anchors.


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