So far Fox News is the only network to comment on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s fairly stunning remarks the other day that Al Jazeera was winning the information race.
“Like it or hate it, it is really effective, in fact, viewership of Al-Jazeera is going up in the United States because it is real news.”
“You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news that is not providing information to us, let alone foreigners.”
Pretty damning stuff, and worth it to note Clinton did not single any channel out…in fact, her statement was notable for how sweeping it was. So it’s interesting that of the big networks only Fox has commented (notwithstanding the people on Fox who have been yelling about this).
Michael Clemente, senior vice president for news, told the AP he found it curious:
“We’ve got leadership issues there, the safety of people, the safety of our own people…Some big issues. All of a sudden there are headlines about Al-Jazeera versus the news in this country? It’s just surprising. Curious more than surprising.”
“Representatives from CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC news all declined comment Friday on what Clinton said.” Presumably they were too busy organising their Charlie Sheen specials.
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