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Columbia Gives Al Jazeera Journalism Prize

From Fox News:

Columbia University Awards Top Journalism Prize to Al Jazeera English

Published May 05, 2011

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will bestow its highest honor to Al Jazeera English, the university announced Wednesday.

The Columbia Journalism Award is given annually during the school’s commencement to recognize an individual or organization for "singular journalism in the public interest," according to a press release. It will mark only the second time that the award is being given to an organization.

Well, who can deny that the anti-American, terrorist supporting Al Jazeera has not been acting in the public interest?

"Al Jazeera English has performed a great service in bringing the English-speaking world in-depth coverage of the turmoil in the Middle East," said Dean Nicholas Lemann. "We salute its determination to get to the heart of a complicated story unfolding in countries where news has historically been difficult to cover."

Al Jazeera has fomented the "turmoil in the Middle East." No less an authority than Mr. Obama has said so:

“The emir of Qatar come by the Oval Office today, and he owns Al-Jazeera basically,” Obama said in remarks recorded by CBS News’s Mark Knoller. “Pretty influential guy. He is a big booster, big promoter of democracy all throughout the Middle East. Reform, reform, reform. You’re seeing it on Al-Jazeera.”

So it’s clear that the Columbia School Of Journalism believers the media should not just report the news, but that they should make it. (Of course, this has been clear for several decades now.)

The school’s faculty, which selects the awardees, voted for Al Jazeera English for the "overall depth and quality of its peerless coverage of the ongoing protests in the Middle East," the release continued. Al Antsey [sic], managing editor of Al Jazeera English, will accept the award and address the school’s graduating class of 2011 on May 18.

Maybe they can get Mr. Ahmadinejad to attend, as well. (If he can get out from under the charges of sorcery.)

Elizabeth Fishman, the school’s associate dean of communications, told FoxNews.com the selection was made during a private faculty meeting. Past winners of the Columbia Journalism Award, which was established in 1958,  include Walter Cronkite and Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour was the first outlet to win the award in 1993.

So Al Jazeera was a shoo-in.

Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, told FoxNews.com he wasn’t surprised by the selection.

“It isn’t surprising that the liberal and Soros-funded Columbia Journalism School is also fond of the anti-American Al Jazeera," Gainor said in a statement. "Promoting Al Jazeera has become a new media cause célèbre, especially at The New York Times where criticism of America is a badge of honor. But awarding a state-funded propaganda network that supports radicals in the Arab Street cheapens what is left of the Columbia Journalism School name." …

Is there anything anti-American that Mr. Soros is not funding?

And speaking of anti-American, lest we forget, young Obama went to Columbia University. He even scribed articles for the student newspaper in which he demanded that the US to do away with its nuclear weapons. You have to wonder why he didn’t opt to attend Columbia’s journalism school rather than Harvard’s law school.

He certainly would meet their high standards for veracity.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 6th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Columbia Gives Al Jazeera Journalism Prize”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Al-Jazeera–That’s real news” Hillary Clinton, 2011.

  2. proreason says:

    The only thing that suprises me about this is that it wasn’t Al-Jazeera awarding Columbia the prize.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Al-Jazeera-All the lies and propaganda fit to broadcast to the unwashed sand people.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    This is as meaningful as the Nobel going to dingleBarry.
    Hurray for meaningless awards going where they belong!!
    (the sound of one hand clapping)

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