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Al-Jazeera is suddenly in…

Washington-based Al-Jazeera anchors Ghida Fakhry (left) and Dave Marash (center) prepare for a rehearsal in 2006. | Reuters Photo

Things sometimes change 

With the political winds

Don’t they?

“They are a really important media entity, and we have a really great relationship with them,” said Dana Shell Smith, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for international media engagement, who speaks Arabic and has frequently appeared on the channel. “This administration has empowered those of us who actually do the communicating to be in a close relationship with Al-Jazeera. They understand that the relationship can’t consist of complaining to each other about the differences we have.”

The differences also have shrunk as the big story in the Middle East has shifted from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the democratic movements sweeping the region. In the recent uprisings, U.S. interests tended to line up with Al-Jazeera’s, and President Barack Obama alluded to both the network’s influence and its pro-democracy bent in remarks caught on an open mic during a closed-door fundraiser last week……

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April 17, 2011 - Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Media, Politics, Updates | , ,

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