"Everybody feels emboldened. [Former CNN producer Larry] Register changed the atmosphere around here," notes one staffer. "Register is trying to pander to Arab sympathies," says another.Unfortunately, Mowbray doesn't tell us which Bush political appointee made the decision to hire Mr. Register at Al Hurra...
The cultural shift inside the newsroom is evident in the on-air product. In the past several months, Al-Hurra has aired live speeches from Mr. Nasrallah and Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, and it broadcast an interview with an alleged al Qaeda operative who expressed joy that 9/11 rubbed "America's nose in the dust."
While a handful of unfortunate decisions could be isolated, these actions appear to be part of Mr. Register's news vision. Former news director Mouafac Harb, a Lebanese-born American citizen, was not shy about his disdain for terrorists and had a firm policy against giving them a platform. But Mr. Register didn't wait long to allow Hamas officials on the air to discuss Palestinian politics.
At a staff meeting announcing the reversal of the ban on terrorists as guests, Mr. Register "bragged" about his personal relationship with Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar, a top Hamas official, according to someone who was present. Contacted on his cell phone for comment, Mr. Register declined, indicating that he couldn't spare even two minutes anytime in the coming days.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Why am I not surprised by Joel Mowbray's story in Opinion Journal, reporting that US-funded Al Hurra is broadcasting terrorist propaganda?