Friday, February 11, 2011

CNN: always Stay on the Safe Side of Life.

Thursday night 2/10/2011, 11pm Egypt time: Hosni Mubarak, in a probably pre-recorded speech and in defiance of international political and domestic street pressure, refuses to step down as Egyptian president just now. 

Everyone is disappointed, the people on Cairo's Tahrir Square, the people in Suez and Alexandria, but most notably CNN's Anderson Cooper (andersoncooper on Twitter), who from the studio in Atlanta calls Hosni Mubarak a liar whose lies just continue.

Ooops, harsh words from Anderson I thought, going out on a limb here. Remember: Just a few months ago, Octavia Nasr, CNN's senior editor for Middle East affairs, was fired for publicly deploring the death of Hassan Fadlallah, Hezbollah's spiritual mentor, when she tweeted: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah...One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot."

Mubarak is a liar: CNN's Anderson Cooper

Things and times have clearly changed. What had been acceptable yesterday is not accepted today anymore. Politicians and media have to move and need to adapt. The French Foreign Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie came under fire for spending her Christmas holidays in Tunisia, flying to her destination in a private jet owned by a Tunisian businessman close to then Tunisian president Ben Ali. France's Prime Minister François Fillon had to excuse himself for spending his Christmas in Egypt, on invitation from Hosni Mubarak.

But since when does CNN take sides? Since when does CNN call an American ally a liar? Only since the American ally isn't an American friend anymore. CNN: always stay on the safe side of life. 

Meanwhile Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and in a victory interview CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Google executive Wael Ghonim on world wide tv. For the Egyptian people, I keep my fingers crossed.

on a lighter note: here's the good old colonized and patronized Egypt of Madness: Night boat to Cairo!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Revolution is PR, is Business

  • Google executive Wael Ghonim (@ghonim) admits he was El Shaheed, the man behind "We Are All Khaled Said", the Facebook page that sparked the Egyptian revolution.
  • US viewers seek Al Jazeera coverage. "Thanks to the Egyptian revolution we have seen a 2000 percent increase in hits on our English-language website, and more than 60 percent of that traffic originates in the United States."
  • Egypt protest star (Google manager Wael Ghonim) has no political ambitions.
  • Report: Google and Facebook consider buying Twitter.
Egypt protest star and Google executive: Wael Ghonim
  • Twitter as a Tech Bubble Barometer - value increased to between 8 to 10 billions dollars.
  • Google is the new Human Right Watch? (no link)
  • Facebook is the Amnesty International of our times? (no link)
  • Google, Facebook and Wael Ghonim to be presented with the Nobel Peace Prize? (no link).
  • Google and Facebook are both multinationals and the world's biggest data collectors