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June 23, 2008



Ah, so that's why 60 minutes replayed their Al-Hurra critique last night. Got it.

Al-Hurra was a tremendous failure in every way: as an efficient government-funded enterprise, as a journalistic organ, as a commercial product, and as a porpoganda tool.

It would have been interesting to see the impact of an actual well-run Arabic language station, covering the same issues as Al-Jazeera, but with a pro-western (or at least anti-anti-western) bias. For instance, covering the Holocaust denier conference, but having commentators blasting the conference while split-screening archived video footage from the camps. Or broadcasting the Hezbollah leader's speech, but then following that up with extensive fact-checking critiques of the claims he made, and broadcasting responses from Lebanese Christians or Sunnis who have been displaced by Hezbollah military activity.

I'm not saying that such a station would be a good use of government funds, or that it would change hearts and minds in the mideast. I'm just saying that it would have been interesting to see what effect it would have had.



I'm embarrassed to admit that I wasn't aware of Al-Hurra until I read that article about it during the wee hours today.

I suspect that it COULD have been successful in some ways, but that the money was wasted (high salaries for cronies and/or contractors -- the usual).

There's no excuse for those people to have failed to set up a top-notch outfit, esp. given that it didn't have to make a profit based on ad revenues.

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