President Barack Hussein Obama: harbinger of hope to the Muslims or angel of gloom to the Jews? How one viewed Obama’s address to the Muslim world may well be influenced by which cable news prism one may have looked through. E.g., if one watched it on CNN, it may have seemed like Ishmael’s Morning: However, if one saw it on FNC, it may have appeared to be Isaac and Friends.
After the author watched Obama’s speech, he noticed that almost all of the American Morning commentators inclined toward the Arab world and about all of the Fox & Friends pundits tended toward Israel. On one hand, AM offered authorities such as Fawaz Gerges (Sarah Lawrence College Middle East scholar and author of “Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy); Hisham Melhem (Al-Arabiya Washington bureau chief); and Dalia Ziada (political activist in charge of Cairo Office of Civil Rights and daliaziada.blogspot.com blogger) who left little doubt as to where they stood. (N.B. AM’s conservative Ed Rollins (Director of Reagan’s 1984 Re-Election Campaign) did offer a countervailing perspective.) On the other, F&F produced experts such as Jonah Goldberg (National Review Online editor-at-large and author of Liberal Fascism); Doug Schoen (Penn, Schoen, and Berland Associates founding partner and author of the Threat Closer to Home); and Michele Malkin (syndicated columnists and conservative blogger) who were similarly plain spoken.
Nither AM nor F&F programs provided virulent views. However, it seemed strange that AM lacked a Jewish expert and F&F an Arab one. Nevertheless, if you were able to watch both, you did get a rather “fair and balanced” approach.