An article from Fast Company tells the story of Josh Rushing an ex-Marine who has resigned his commission within the US army to become a host on Al Jazeera International (AJI). This would be a new channel in English aimed at reaching a larger population, set to launch in Spring AJI has already poached staff from the BBC and CNN. Right wing channels like Fox have declared war on Rushing with photos of him labelled with “traitor” having been aired…
Rushing can be seen here in a film called ‘Control Room’ that discusses none other than Al Jazira recently shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Moorish Girl does a great review of the film that can still be read in the blog archives.
Yet another example of how I feel I’m sometimes living in a different world :
Bloggers have suggested that a special-ops team “take him out.”.
The article continues to explain how Rushing made a few unusual decisions and was fed up of being told by the US Army that he couldn’t comment on anything to journalists. So the army seems to have pushed him into a job at Al Jazeera International in trying to keep him quiet. Al Jazira that is obviously behind the launch of Al Jazira International has previously shown the world that channels like Fox are showing the US only part of the story but is this is a reason to have fanatic bloggers to start preaching death and suggesting a fatwa on him !!??
I also suspect that the Al Jazira International project has similar goals to Jacques Chirac’s French international news channel project : a French CNN to provide another view on what is happening around us. So when can we expect a global Chinese equivalent to CNN ?