A UPI story began: “Most Americans can’t get Al Jazeera English, the new news network that U.S. cable and satellite TV does not yet offer. But Pentagon employees can.” It was about the channel being on closed circuit Pentagon TV. One can understand this, since the Pentagon needs to monitor the enemy. The key to the story came later,Â Â when Bryan Whitman, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Public Affairs, “said the Pentagon has adopted a ‘wait and see’ attitude before it will schedule appearances by many DOD officials on the new network.”
We waited and saw. As we noted in our column,Â ”The channel was very quick out of the chute in airing a terrorist video…”
That video, from the Islamic Army of Iraq, was about terrorists training to kill American soldiers in Iraq.