As I watch Al Jazeera and its reporting inspire and inform people across the Arabic world — and educate many English-speaking people who are stuck to their TVs, I think it becomes increasingly clear and obvious that Barack Obama has made a mistake not himself appearing on this network.
It’s time that President Obama spoke to the Arab-speaking Middle East through Al Jazeera. They are watching and want to know where America is going and how it sees things.
It’s important for this part of the world to hear more about the principles of reform, respect for human rights, and non-violence that Barack Obama has made the pillars of his emerging doctrine.
— Steve Clemons