Monday, August 23, 2004

The AlJazeera DC bureau chief cited an incredible figure in his congressional testimony yesterday: he said that AlJazeera has aired more than 500 hours of Bush's speeches since Sep. 11. And yet people still complain about the less than 10 hours of Bin Laden tapes since Sep. 11, and Bin Laden's silly calls for Jihad fell on Muslim deaf ears mind you. He did not make a dent in Muslim public opinion (with the unfortunate exception of Saudi Arabia, I should add). But I can feel the increasing impact of US pressures on AlJazeera: the coverage of Najaf bombing has been pushed back.