Al Jazeera‘s morning report, proving once again that it’s ridiculous censorship for U.S. cable outlets to not carry the Arab world’s most powerful news outlet.
Dick Cheney‘s dream of an imperial vice presidency lording over all the world’s oil fields is now officially dead.
President Barack Obama snuffed it out during his first formal interview on Arabic TV. He did it with Al-Arabiya, not Al Jazeera, but it’s a stunning change from the bellicose Bush regime, as this excerpt from the AP proves:
“What I told [envoy George Mitchell] is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating,” Obama told the interviewer.
The president reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel as an ally and to its right to defend itself. But he suggested that both Israel and the Palestinians have hard choices to make.
“I do believe that the moment is ripe for both sides to realize that the path that they are on is one that is not going to result in prosperity and security for their people,” he said, calling for a Palestinian state that is contiguous with internal freedom of movement and can trade with neighboring countries.
Obama also said that recent statements and messages issued by the al-Qaida terror network suggest they do not know how to deal with his new approach.
“They seem nervous,” he told the interviewer. “What that tells me is that their ideas are bankrupt.”
You mean not all Muslims are bomb-throwers? And you can blast the ones who are while still pressuring the ones who aren’t? And you can even put pressure on Jews to start making nice? What an unusual thing for a U.S. president to say.
Slow on the uptake this morning was the New York Times, this country’s version of Al Jazeera. Several hours after the rest of the world noted the Obama interview on Al-Arabiya, the Times makes it truly official with “Obama Interview Signals New Tone in Relations With Islam.”
Now, if Obama’s people could start working quietly behind the scenes to get U.S. media goniffs to start carrying Al Jazeera on their cable systems.
Then, he could actually do an interview on Al Jazeera, and most Americans could watch it.
While you’re waiting for the cable guys, start clicking…
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
N.Y. Times: ‘Layoffs Spread to More Sectors of the Economy’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘”Stalker” grilled in slaying of Eddy Curry’s ex’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Firefighter blames memory-loss on “mind-altering” drugs’
N.Y. Times: ‘”Crack Babies”: The Epidemic That Wasn’t’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Obama’s EPA Move Likely to Spur Fight’
Jewish Daily Forward: ‘J Street’s Disappearing Gaza Statement’
The president expressed an intention to engage the Middle East immediately and his new envoy to the region, former Sen. George J. Mitchell, was expected to arrived in Egypt on Tuesday for a visit that will also take him to Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
“My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy,” Obama told the Saudi-owned, Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel.
Wall Street Journal: ‘College Endowments Plunge’
N.Y. Times: ‘In Midtown, the Return of a Barfly’s Paradise’
N.Y. Post: ‘OBAMA & CONGRESS BLAST CITI OVER JET’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Caterpillar to Cut 20,000 Jobs’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Blago: I considered Oprah for Senate’
A boozed-up commodities broker with a penchant for fiery pranks tried to set the freight elevator on fire in a lower Manhattan skyscraper after trapping himself in it early Saturday, authorities said.
A still-loopy Ryan Brinkerhoff was laughing and grinning as he was led away in handcuffs hours after his 4:40 a.m. arrest outside 7 World Trade Center.
Wall Street Journal: ‘Democrats Subpoena Rove, Testing Their Clout and Obama’
N.Y. Post: ‘CELL THIEVES RIDING RAILS’
CityFile: ‘Your Tax Dollars at Work: Citi’s $50 Million Jet’
N.Y. Post: ‘RACIST BRUTE PLEADS GUILTY’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Grifter claims NYPD officer paid him $5,000 to kill ex-wife’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Afghan Guards Confound U.S. Forces’
Jewish Daily Forward: ‘”Schmooz Me Timbers!”: John Derbyshire’s Jewish Pirate Lexicon’
N.Y. Post: ‘CEO’S “$100” PAD IS A TOUGH SELL: FOES RIP LEHMAN BIG’S SNEAKY $14M ESTATE DEAL’
CityFile: ‘Lower East Side: Now Featuring One Hotel Per Block’
N.Y. Post: ‘SHUL BE SORRY, TORAH THIEF’
From Clusterstock’s Henry Blodget:
N.Y. Post: ‘CONGRESS TO GRILL SEC BIGS OVER MADOFF’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘LI has its very own “Madoff,” feds charge’
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Celebrity side dish’
Financial Times (U.K.): ‘Lawyers plan global action on Madoff’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Madoff Questions Dog Santander’s Botín’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Madoff’s Firm Lays Off Dozens’
Jewish Daily Forward: ‘Discussing Madoff’
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 27, 2009