Thursday, October 9, 2008

Things are bad when Al Jazeera is the only credible economic source!

Max Keizer on Al Jazeera

Max Kiezer, who correctly called the crisis, here in Al Jazeera. Note that they interview him, whilst CNN interviews those who didn't predict it. Max gets extremely animated at the beginning and says that Bin Laden could do a better job at running the economy. Have a listen to his most recently monthly podcast. Note that there is an amazing song on the crisis at just after 10mins.

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  • for the sceptics, here’s some background on the interviewer

    Rattansi was born in Cambridge but has lived all over the world, covering wars and political stories and just writing. Among the places he’s lived in are Vancouver in Canada, in Los Angeles and in Havana and Caracas. In Dubai, for two years, he headed up the developing world’s first 24 hour English language news station, devoted to an incredible remit that at times, according to Rattansi “made Al Jazeera look like Fox News.”

    “It was a station devoted to issues of globalization and international capital except ‘from below’ and the brother of the Crown Prince of Dubai footed the bill. Someone obviously told someone that this station was very much not in the mould of Bloomberg and the station was closed down. I sometimes feel as if my approach as editor of the channel was just as it was in setting about writing the novels.”

    From there, it was out of the frying pan and into the fire. Returning to the BBC where he had worked as a producer for a number of years, he found himself at the Today program under one editor – Rod Liddle – who resigned and then under no editor, just as the question of Weapons of Mass Destruction led up to unprecedented resignations by the Director General and Governor’s Chairman of the BBC.

    “Today was a hell of a place to work. Liddle may have been quite mad but he was a startlingly original editor. When I came back after being editor of a whole station, I was dreading Television Centre. I expected it to be staffed full of the usual wire-copiers whose idea of originality in journalism stretched as far as a vox pop. Rod was very different and he recruited staff that were inspired enough to take on the Government spin machine with relish. The whole David Kelly disaster was terrible. Even more so for our realizing how little power the Today program could, in the end, exert when it came to stopping the madness of the Iraq war.”

    Rattansi’s first job was at The Guardian and he has a younger brother who followed him into journalism, now anchoring world news from CNN in the U.S

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