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Monday, July 26, 2010

Octavia Nasr's firing is no tragedy

Marty Peretz has an interesting comment on why no one should shed any tears over CNN firing Octavia Nasr.
Here’s Octavia Nasr’s offending Tweet:
Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah … One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.
It is a stupid piece of journalism, and distorted besides. Of course, her defense of the now dead Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah told you just about nothing of Hezbollah and absolutely nothing about the Shi’a terrorism that he’d supported against Israel and other Muslims in Lebanon.

I suppose these were the reasons she was let go.

But the fact is that Nasr is one of the dozens and dozens of television journalists either ignorant of or biased against Israel. None of them know history, any history. Still, they have viewpoints or, rather, feelings. They do not hide their prejudices. But I have to be honest: some of them don’t know that they’re prejudiced.
Peretz goes on to give an example of a television hostess who does know that she's prejudiced. That journalist will unfortunately be replacing Jake Tapper as the hostess of ABC This Week starting next Sunday.

Read the whole thing.


At 12:36 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

FYI, Christiane Amanpour, of Iranian Muslim ancestry, is also married to American Jewish liberal Democrat James Rubin.

Mr. Rubin is an active liberal Democrat, a former campaign advisor to Hillary Clinton in her 2008 campaign. He's also worked for John Kerry.

He was former Sec. of State Madeline Albright's "righthand man" as Asst. Sec. of State. (Worthless Madeline Albright may be the only Secretary of State in history to be worse than Hillary Clinton.)

Also, he had a radio program for several years at the ultra liberal public radio network PBS. (Non-very-lefties need not apply there, for sure.)

Also according to his Wiki bio, Rubin is a former "Visiting Professor" at the uber-liberal London School of Economics and current "Adjunct Professor" at the also uber-liberal Columbia University.

I think this helps paint the full picture of Amanpour and her spouse, Mr. Rubin. I'll leave it to Carl to make any further comment, if he's so inclined.


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