Sep
22
2011

Convincing Arab Protesters

From a Washington Post story today about Obama's speech at the United Nations:

In his remarks, Obama sought to celebrate the Arab Spring–the popular revolutions that have upended the political order of the Middle East–but his lack of support for the Palestinians' U.N. bid may put him at odds with the region's proponents of democracy. He has sometimes struggled to convince many Arab protesters that he supports their movements, in part because the United States has a long history of backing autocratic rulers in the region.

Perhaps they remain unconvinced not merely because of that "long history" but because present U.S. policy has mostly not been on their side either–despite corporate media assurances to the contrary.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.