Be Seeing Ya, Al Jazeera

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Over the last few months Guido has noticed that Mehdi Hasan, working for Al Jazeera in Washington D.C., has been tweeting more about UK affairs than perhaps a D.C. based presenter for a news channel with global pretensions would be expected. Those speculating as to whether or not he still has a job following the announced closure of Al Jazeera America should bear in mind that he works for the barely watched English language channel rather than the unwatched American channel, so technically a different employer. Which is just as well as all jobs at Al Jazeera America are terminated as of April.

The Qatar-backed channel has had the plug on its losses pulled (estimated to be $2 billion) as energy prices plummet and the Qataris get real. Does this mean Mehdi is coming back to UK shores? Is there perhaps a vacancy at Press TV now Corbyn is no longer hosting shows for Tehran’s propaganda channel? No doubt the prolific twanker will let us know via Twitter…

Look Mehdi, US Cartoon Mocks 9/11 And No One Gets Shot

“I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists,” says Mehdi Hasan as he finally gives his two cents on the Paris terror attack. He asks: “Has your publication, for example, run cartoons mocking the Holocaust? No? How about caricatures of the 9/11 victims falling from the twin towers? I didn’t think so (and I am glad it hasn’t).”

Actually, Mehdi, US cartoons constantly make jokes about 9/11, and pretty mainstream, much-loved ones too. Here are just three such gags from Family Guy:

And look, a “cartoon mocking the Holocaust”:

And yet no one reached for their Kalashnikov…

Mr Hasan Goes to Washington

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Terrible news: Mehdi is leaving Al-HuffPo to join Al-Jazeera in DC. After the letter to Mr Dacre didn’t pay off, it looks like the one to AJ did. “Dear Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani”…

Joking apart, we’ll miss you Mehdi. Congratulations.

UPDATE:

For a sense of perspective Al Jazeera America has 1% of the audience that Fox News does…

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