Marash quits English al Jazeera over the (British) anti-Americanism

The Herald Tribune has an article on David Marash’s departure from English Al-Jazeera. His reason for leaving is most interesting.

Note that when he took the job, he assured everyone that Al Jazeera was a fine and reputable news organization:

Calling Al Jazeera “a thoroughly respectable news organization,” Marash, who will co-anchor the news from the network’s Washington studio, said the new show aimed to “win the high end. We want to give the most sophisticated, most nuanced and most global view of the day’s events.”

Alas…

Anchor quits Al-Jazeera, cites anti-American tone

NEW YORK: Former “Nightline” reporter Dave Marash has quit Al-Jazeera English, saying Thursday his exit was due in part to an anti-American bias at a network that is little seen in this country.

Marash said he felt that attitude more from British administrators than Arabs at the Qatar-based network.

Marash was the highest-profile American TV personality hired when the English language affiliate to Al-Jazeera was started two years ago in an attempt to compete with CNN and the BBC. He said there was a “reflexive adversarial editorial stance” against Americans at Al-Jazeera English.

“Given the global feelings about the Bush administration, it’s not surprising,” Marash said.

But he found it “became so stereotypical, so reflexive” that he got angry.

The English working for an Arab news outlet, more anti-American that the Arabs? I am shocked. This is another fine illustrations of the kind of politics of resentment that have produced an “American Derangement Syndrome” that, along with its mate, Israel Derangement Syndrome, drive so much self-destructive European coverage.

Imagine… these British journalists who feed Arab hatred of the USA… they probably think the Arabs respect and like them for this. More likely, like the Algerians who cheered when France vetoed American efforts to fight Iraq, they think, “these people are weak; they side with their enemies and attack their friends.” And they’d be right to think that.

6 Responses to Marash quits English al Jazeera over the (British) anti-Americanism

  1. fp says:

    The only way for these delusional useful idiots is for their own self to be hit with what they refuse to see when done to others.

    fp
    http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/

  2. Stephen Fox says:

    Richard

    I’m often ashamed of being British these days, and here’s another reason. All I can say in our defence is that the discontinuity between the media/political elite in Britain and the rest of the population has widened to a chasm. Perhaps the only small light at the end of the tunnel is some toughening lately of David Cameron’s positions. Perhaps he is becoming aware of that opening, and for example has just come out in favour of diverting £250m of the licence fee away from the BBC, much to the fury of the latter.
    It’s too soon to speak of any kind of tide turning: nothing will dissuade the liberal left from its entrenched positions, and whether Cameron is the man to push through a cultural revolution of the scale achieved by Margaret Thatcher remains in question, to say the least. Further, even if government policies were to heed the public mood, the aforementioned elites will, spitting with rage, continue their tirades against America and the West.
    That public mood is more enraged than I have ever known it, though, so that exhortations to violence against the state, the elites and the government have become almost comonplace, on ‘respectable’ newspapers’ web comment pages.
    what will become of us, I hardly dare guess.

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