Tea Party movement has not reached concensus about Al Jazeera.

Posted: 07 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"The first ever national Tea Party Convention is being held in Nashville, Tennessee. ... I walked up and introduced myself to the organiser, Judson Phillips. He enthusiastically shook my hand, right up until I said I worked for Al Jazeera English. His face instantly froze, he quickly dropped my hand and simply said, 'Oh'. I asked him if he had an issue with our network and he said, 'Yes, I do.' When I asked him what it was, he replied, 'I'm an American.' I said, 'I don't understand, sir. We are not anti-American and I'm offering you the chance to have your voice heard on our news channel. We want to hear your views.' As Judson's eyes darted around the room he said, 'Uh, I'll need some time to think about who I want to talk to. But, uh, I appreciate you coming.' And he walked off. He headed straight to his media manager to complain about our presence. But thankfully, Mark Skoda is supportive of Al Jazeera English, told us he watches us when he travels, appreciates our coverage and has no problem with us being at the convention." Cath Turner. The Americas Blog, Aljazeera.net, 5 February 2010.
     "'This is the U.S. we don’t want the U.S. to be,' said Daniel Alling, a Swedish radio reporter. 'People want the U.S. to be as Obama: he’s not overly patriotic, he’s not talking about his Christian faith all the time, he talks about science.' ... [S]tories about opposition to the president don’t sell so well in French-speaking Africa, said Donaig LeDu, a journalist with Radio France international, where Mr. Obama’s popularity, 'is ten times more than in Europe' because of his Kenyan ancestry." Kate Zernike, The Caucus blog, New York Times, 6 February 2010.