Nov
18
2011

The Ex-Spymaster Currently Known as Prince

Sam Husseini's encounter with Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud makes me wonder once again–why do we call a person like Al Saud a "prince"? Al Saud was the longtime chief of Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency, and later served as ambassador to the United States and Britain. His grandfather, Abdul Aziz Al Saud, declared himself a king in 1926–which seems like kind of a late date to be latching on to the legitimacy implied by a once-upon-a-time title. Saddam Hussein came to power in Iraq in 1968. If he had decided to call himself "King Saddam," would U.S. media have […]

Nov
18
2011

Don't Commit Journalism at the National Press Club

When former FAIR staffer Sam Husseini found out that Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Sa'ud would be speaking at the National Press Club, he thought it might be a good chance to ask a tough question. The National Press Club apparently didn't like that idea. Husseini writes: Before the end of the day, I'd received a letter informing me that I was suspended from the National Press Club "due to your conduct at a news conference." The letter, signed by the executive director of the Club, William McCarren, accused me of violating rules prohibiting "boisterous and unseemly conduct or language." Want […]