Posted: 18 Feb 2010Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "has been on something of a media blitz all week: The State Department has sent reporters dozens of transcripts of interviews, including segments with Al-Arabiya and Al-Hurra. She even did an appearance on Al-Jazeera's Arabic network, which U.S. officials don't do nearly often enough. I'm struck, though by how single-mindedly these interviews are focused on Iran and its nuclear program. In Clinton's Al-Arabiya interview, for example, there are 29 mentions of Iran, compared with one mention of democracy, and zero of human rights. I understand that the administration wants to bolster international support for sanctions on Iran, and Clinton is leading that push. Her interviews were perhaps aimed more at Arab governments than Arab publics. But it seems like she, and the administration, missed three good opportunities to speak directly to the general population (okay, two, since nobody watches Al-Hurra)." Gregg Carlstrom, The Majlis, 17 February 2010.
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