A political activist believes one Democrat's decision to shy
away from Al Jazeera shows that he doesn't want to be associated
with an anti-American image.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has announced that he will
not work for Al Jazeera -- the network that has purchased Al
Gore's Current TV (see earlier story). According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsom says he
will not work for the pro-Arab network because of possible legal
issues. The Democratic public official doubles as the host of
the "Gavin Newsom Show," and working for a network owned by a
foreign government could present legalities.
Baron Night, a member of the Republican Party Central Committee of Orange
County, sees where Newsom is coming from.
he had to make a decision as to whether or not he wanted to be
associated, because Al Jazeera does not have a very positive image
with reference to how they view America and Americans and the
Western world," Night notes.
"Personally, I think probably it was a good decision, because
the network that you're on is a reflection of you. Be that as
whether it's good, bad or indifferent -- perception is sometimes
Before the lieutenant governor's announcement, analysts wondered
if he would work alongside the Middle Eastern network since he has
been a proponent of climate change.
According to a statement issued by Newsom's office, the
Democrat's agreement with Current TV is set to expire, and he had
already decided to "move in a new direction."
Al Jazeera America, the name of the U.S.-based news network, is
slated to begin broadcasting later this year. Media Research
Center, a conservative media watchdog, has described the purchaser
-- Al Jazeera Media Network -- as an "anti-Western terror
mouthpiece bankrolled by the emir of Qatar."