Re: Fluency in Arabic - Not Required [Greg Pollowitz]
On May 1, I posted this WSJ op-ed that was highly critical of Al-Hurra, the State Dept. financed Arab television network. The WSJ had a letter to the Editor in response today: An excerpt:
We have learned from our errors and have instituted improved editorial controls. For example, an assignment desk was established in early March that monitors and flags material as it is received from the field. Al-Hurra continues to recruit, hire and train language-qualified journalists to improve and strengthen the overall quality of our editorial product.
Chairman, Middle East Committee
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Unfortunately, Mr. Blaya doesn't address the main problem from the original op-ed that the head of Al-Hurra, Larry Register, does not speak Arabic. Nor does anyone on the Board of Governors. How can you run/monitor a TV network when you don't understand what the reporters are saying?
05/10 09:47 AMShare