"Something of a bipartisan clamor finally has developed on Capitol Hill for tighter oversight of Al Hurra. Hell is being raised by diverse lawmakers ranging from Rep. Dan Burton, a conservative Indiana Republican, to Rep. Steve Rothman, a liberal New Jersey Democrat. It’s about time." Editorial, The Trentonian, 4 May 2007
. "While I am pleased with Ms. Hughes’ promises, given the seriousness of mistakes at Alhurra, I believe an external accountability system is in order — one that enables everyone to access Alhurra’s programming and provide oversight. To that end, I have requested funding in the Fiscal Year 2008 Foreign Operations spending bill to stream all Alhurra broadcasts live online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provide archived broadcasts, as well as transcripts of all broadcasts translated into English. With the click of a mouse button, we can ensure that Alhurra lives up to its mission of representing American values." Rep. Steve Rothman, New Jersey Jewish Standard, 3 May 2007
. Still no answer from Alhurra, or at least from Alhurra director Larry Register. In the meantime, arguments why it is not a good idea to fight propaganda with propaganda: "Is There an Audience for Public Diplomacy," New York Times, 16 November 2002. And "Broadcasting Truth in Time of War," Houston Chronicle, 7 October 2001
"The first firings resulting from my columns in the Wall Street Journal (March 12 and May 1) have been handed down at Al-Hurra, the U.S. taxpayer-financed Arab TV network that recently has become a platform for Islamic terrorists and Holocaust deniers. Two of the reporters who filed some of the most egregious stories were canned last week, but the person ultimately responsible for those stories (and many more), news director Larry Register, is still gainfully employed." Joel Mowbray, Power Line blog, 7 May 2007
. "You know, the Broadcasting Board of Governors--it's like six chiefs, no Indians. You have former titans of industry who are doing, in this congressionally created panel that is quasi-independent--no one's clear exactly of their status. And they didn't know about Larry Register before--the longtime CNN guy who made all these changes when he was hired, November of last year." Mowbray, interviewed on the "Journal Editorial Report," Wall Street Journal, 7 May 2007 which did not say if it requested Mr. Register or someone from the BBG also to appear on the program.
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