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Al-Jazeera has fans in Obama W.H.

In the halls of American power, the Arab Spring has brought Al-Jazeera in from the cold.

Seven years after then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called the broadcaster’s reporting “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable” and President George W. Bush joked about bombing it, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised it as “real news” in her recent Senate testimony.

Not only that, her staffers, as well as those of the CIA and the Obama White House, were attending the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner as Al-Jazeera’s guests.

“They are a really important media entity, and we have a really great relationship with them,” said Dana Shell Smith, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for international media engagement, who speaks Arabic and has frequently appeared on the channel. “This administration has empowered those of us who actually do the communicating to be in a close relationship with Al-Jazeera. They understand that the relationship can’t consist of complaining to each other about the differences we have.”

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  • shepmoors

    The White House wishes they could control the news like Al Jazeera. This is very dangerous.

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  • sunnyr

    No doubt about it. I am sure there are lots of Al-Jazeera loving Commies in the White House!! Dirtbags!

  • lonecracker

    This country is going to hell in a handbasket!

  • UncleDon

    loudog, why don’t you change the towel on your head and go back to the desert where you belong? I’m sure the arabs are paying attention to al jazeera so they can keep up on the latest ways to kill, bomb and maim our citizens. of course, what else do they have to do except feed the camels, make more bombs and beat their women?

  • loudog

    Al Jazeera has made US news reporting in the middle east look ridiculous. Americans have zero attention span on anything that doesn’t involve themselves.

  • snappercat

    There’s a shocker.