Lawrence Pintak, the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, discusses the Al Jazeera revolution in Arabic language media, breaking away from state propaganda and censorship; how Facebook and other social media are mostly the tools of youth, while older protesters in Egypt (and elsewhere) heavily rely on television – and thus Al Jazeera; how incessant Islamofascist fearmongers create the clash of civilizations they warn about; and Obama’s opportunity to take actions consistent with US rhetoric about promoting democracy abroad.
MP3 here. (18:26)
Lawrence Pintak is the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. He is the author of The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil.
Lawrence is a veteran of more than 30 years in journalism and the media business on four continents who now writes and lectures on America’s relationship with the Muslim world, the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy, the future of journalism in a digital/globalized world, and the responsibilities of reporters covering conflict and social injustice.