Thursday, November 16, 2006All broblem habbening in 3irrraq izzz all Amreeeka faulld") . Unsurprisingly, Aljazeera's infatuation with Mohammed Heikal continued, however I was surprised that he is actually a very good speaker in English.
A very old media pundit and old-school don once put it..."Rageh Omar, Riz Khan, well you would just expect them to join wouldn't you?...but David FROST - part of the old-school British media establishment...now that is a surprise...!" I didn't know whether to take this as an insulting racist comment...but my gut feeling is that it summarises the tentativeness of the West towards this channel simply because for once, it is White people choosing to work for a foreign organisation rather than the other way round. The next comment that usually comes after that of course, is how much did they pay them!
Nevertheless it was a good strategic move, and the 'real' accents of the presenters make a change from annoying CNN American or posh BBC english, although you may need a bit of the latter, no one does weather reports quite like them!
Now this brings me to the next issue of, when will a good English broadsheet come out of the Arab world, can someone please suggest it to the Qataris?