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Friday, May 06, 2011

Bir Zeit on the Hudson promotes al-Jazeera

The journalism school at Bir Zeit on the Hudson announced this week that it plans to bestow its highest honor on al-Jazeera's English language channel.
The Columbia Journalism Award is given annually during the school's commencement to recognize an individual or organization for "singular journalism in the public interest," according to a press release. It will mark only the second time that the award is being given to an organization.

"Al Jazeera English has performed a great service in bringing the English-speaking world in-depth coverage of the turmoil in the Middle East," said Dean Nicholas Lemann. "We salute its determination to get to the heart of a complicated story unfolding in countries where news has historically been difficult to cover."
You've got to be kidding.

And if any of you think that this has nothing to do with politics, think again:
Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, told FoxNews.com he wasn't surprised by the selection.

“It isn't surprising that the liberal and Soros-funded Columbia Journalism School is also fond of the anti-American Al Jazeera," Gainor said in a statement. "Promoting Al Jazeera has become a new media cause célèbre, especially at The New York Times where criticism of America is a badge of honor. But awarding a state-funded propaganda network that supports radicals in the Arab Street cheapens what is left of the Columbia Journalism School name."


The entire 24-hour channel of Al Jazeera English, however, is only offered in three U.S. television markets, the largest in Washington, to a possible audience of 2.4 million, according to the network. It can also be watched streaming live at www.livestation.com/aje.
Once again, [Soros] money talks.

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