Posted: 07 Feb 2010"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.
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