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March 30, 2008

Prominent Anchor Leaves Al Jazeera, Citing Anti-Americanism

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Ynet reports:

Former 'Nightline' reporter Dave Marash has quit al-Jazeera English, saying Thursday his exit was due in part to an anti-American bias at a network that is little seen in this country. . . he found it "became so stereotypical, so reflexive" that he got angry.

Marash, who's being replaced by former CNN International host Shihab Rattansi, said he was the last American-accented anchor at the network, which broadcasts from Washington, London, Kuala Lumpur and Doha, Qatar. He said there are more Canadians than Americans working at the Washington office.

Marash's observations don't come as a shock to many observers, including Judea Pearl.

Marash's resignation comes two weeks after both Israel and Fatah criticized the network as being pro-Hamas, and after Israel imposed sanctions on Al-Jazeera.

Posted by TS at March 30, 2008 04:01 AM


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