Guilt by association, once removed

Brenton Minge (The Australian, Letters, 24/12) attempts guilt by association, once removed, outlandishly dismissing the ABC’s broadcast partner Al Jazeera as “Osama bin Laden’s broadcaster of choice”. Minge should try not to be put off by its scary Arabic name, as Al Jazeera is in fact a highly esteemed broadcaster whose reputation is growing rapidly, in the words of Hilary Clinton, “because it’s real news…instead of a million commercials and…arguments between talking heads…which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners”. We would know a great deal less about the Arab Spring without Al Jazeera and the ABC’s partnership with it.

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