Saturday, January 14, 2006

Because really .... you just cannot make this stuff up.

Iran Focus - Tehran, Iran, Jan. 14.

Radical Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demanded once again on Saturday that Iran be permitted to send inspectors to evaluate “human rights abuses” in the European Union.

In a press conference in Tehran which was aired on state television, Ahmadinejad said that Tehran was ready to dispatch a committee to states which accuse it of violating human rights ..... He said that he had yet to receive a response from Western countries regarding his proposal.

Ted Koppel, an icon of U.S. broadcast journalism, said on Friday Arabic television news channel Al Jazeera was one of many news outlets that sought to hire him when he left ABC News

Koppel ..... said he and longtime producing partner Tom Bettag had lunch with an Al Jazeera executive ..... "I know it's fashionable to look at Al Jazeera as just a propaganda outlet for al Qaeda," Koppel said. "I can tell you that al Jazeera is a huge step up from where the Arab world's journalism has been over the last 40 years."

Veteran "Nightline" correspondent Dave Marash recently accepted a job with the 24-hour English-language service Al Jazeera plans to launch this year. Asked his opinion of American journalists going to work for Al Jazeera, Koppel defended Marash's decision.

"Dave Marash is a superb reporter. He is as honest as the day is long," Koppel said ..... Marash was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on Friday ..... called the Mideast-based network "a thoroughly respectable news organization."

; Sunday, Jan. 15, 5:10 a.m.

Victoria Taft has a tiny little more background/context on the mainstreaming of the fifth column [seems like many are tripping over themselves to come out of the subterfugal closet (not that they were fooling any of us here in the right b-sphere)].


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