An old sports adage used to say, “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.” Nothing could be more true in the
Even some of Barack Obama’s most passionate critics are saying his policies in
For example, there are some, though not many, media outlets reporting that a former Egyptian judge is making unsubstantiated claims the Barack Obama’s Kenyan half-brother, Malik Obama, is a major source of funneling money to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Tahani Al-Gebali has also spread conspiracy theories about covert American support for the Brotherhood.
Meanwhile, The New York Times is standing by a story which stated that Al-Gebali disclosed in an interview with the paper that she pressured the Egyptian military to stop the Muslim Brotherhood from gaining control of the country.
The judge has responded by saying the interview with The New York Times never took place.
Given the journalistic reputation of the Times as opposed to the credibility of some obscure blogging outlets on the internet, the benefit of the doubt would have to lean toward the more legitimate source.
On the other hand, it was the notorious tabloid The National Enquirer that broke the investigative story in October 2007 about former U.S. Senator John Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter which turned out to be the truth.
The point being that many reports are disguised as journalism and must be treated with a grain of salt, but they do instill elements of skepticism that, given the proper catalysts, can be blown all out of proportion.
One recent example is the widely publicized Oprah Winfrey racism story in
We can only wait and wonder what may occur between now and Sunday, August 25 in
The world is well aware by now that if cartoons and videos can incite Islamists to violent protests then a trial is an obvious natural trigger for additional chaos.
The Muslim Brotherhood continues to assert its constitutional legitimacy through the election of President Mohamed Morsi. Is it any wonder that confusion reigns supreme in a region where democracy is already an alien concept, but after it is attempted, the government is overthrown within a year? The reasons for the non-coup coup may be obvious in the West, but they only add to the mistrust and paranoia that exists in a place where mistrust and paranoia are integral to its cultural legacy.
In this instance the
Even if there are behind the scenes negotiations in progress, dialogue is another misnomer in the
For the moment, the problem in
Meanwhile, blood will continue to flow, confusion will increase and misinformation will grow thanks to propaganda and journalistic interpretation.
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