Egypt's Leading Newspaper Explains Itself

Friday, February 11, 2011

Transcript

The last place Egyptians could count on to get accurate information during their revolution was the state-run media, which at first tried to downplay the events. But before stepping down from office, President Mubarak began losing his grip on journalists. Gamal Zayda, managing editor of Egypt’s most widely circulated daily newspaper Al Ahram, explains why they decided to take a stand against Mubarak’s propaganda machine.

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Mar. 06 2013 11:44 PM
Dion Twayne Watson from Southside

When I was listening to this story the thought came into my mind about American journalists falling for satirical fake news stories and reporting it as fact. Within the last month Sarah Palin has been the victim of such viciousness. The biased Liberal media wants so badly to believe what those stories are saying that they don't even bother to find out that they come from satire news sites. But I am sure these so-called journalists will claim that even though the stories are fake that Sarah Palin probably thinks that way anyways.

Mar. 10 2011 11:43 AM
Deborah from 840

By the way, how many American journalists openly and publicly supported Al Jazeera as it was vilified by the United States government and thwarted in its attempts to gain access to the United States cable networks? How many American journalists are publicly standing up for Wikileaks? How many are publicly denouncing the government's efforts to criminalize and destroy Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and other individuals who volunteer to help this organizations make public information regarding government overreach and abuse? Did you notice that materials published through Wikileaks have proven vital to mobilizing in Tunisia, Yemen, and Egypt? Pot, meet kettle.

Feb. 17 2011 01:49 PM
Deborah from 840

Bob, your patronizing attitude is absolutely astounding. "How can you assure me . . . ." Why does he or anyone in Egypt need to assure YOU of all people that it they are sincere and not "collaborators?" Who made you the authority figure in this situation? I have been absolutely disgusted with the questioning of the American press during the Egyptian revolt and have chosen to get most of my news from foreign sources. I completely agree with Raul's comments, the American corporate media are bought and paid for by their corporate bosses and on most issues are as much lackeys and toadies to them as you believe these Egyptian newspaper people to be.

Feb. 17 2011 01:37 PM
raul from san francisco

Bob's patronizing question about assuring him that things have change is an annoying constant western paternal attitude.

Remember Watergate? Passed around like a hot tamale. Remember Iran-Contra? Ignored and downplayed. And who can forget the invasion of Iraq? Some of the most irresponsible, negligent reporting in decades.

Who the hell are you BOB or any American journalist to question the integrity of people working under the threat of disappearing, jail, and toture, to name a few.

Clean your own house and leave the journalistic romance novels for the kids.

Feb. 14 2011 08:26 PM
Todd Somerville from New Hampshire

P.S. Did you her that Obama's trip to India cost $200 million a day?!? Pretty swanky for a Kenyan-born communist infiltrator!

Feb. 13 2011 11:40 AM
Todd Somerville from New Hampshire

Wow, Daniel, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Your comment is irrelevant and inaccurate. We need a word for what you did there, which is accusing the other side of that which your side is not only guilty of, but, in fact, is much more guilty of. It's a standard part of propaganda theory, but most on the right come to it naturally by never outgrowing schoolyard taunting.

Emailing disinformation and misinformation is the favorite and most successful use of the internet by right wing rumor mongers, and keeps snopes.com constantly busy trying to bat down the lies with fact checking few on the right ever bother to look up even though it takes only seconds. OTM even did a story on this phenomenon a few years ago.

Feb. 13 2011 11:35 AM
Daniel Garcia

When I was listening to this story the thought came into my mind about American journalists falling for satirical fake news stories and reporting it as fact. Within the last month Sarah Palin has been the victim of such viciousness. The biased Liberal media wants so badly to believe what those stories are saying that they don't even bother to find out that they come from satire news sites. But I am sure these so-called journalists will claim that even though the stories are fake that Sarah Palin probably thinks that way anyways.

Rather than throwing stones at the Egyptian media which is easy to do, why don't you folks look at your own backyard glass house.

Feb. 12 2011 10:57 AM
Robert from New York City

A postscript to the Theft of 2000: It is noteworthy how Al Gore's "invention" has outdone George Bush's invasion.

Feb. 12 2011 07:41 AM

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