Whether it’s AQ or not, nobody in Arab media cares

Marc Lynch, blogger for Foreign Policy magazine and originator of the Abu Aardvark blog on Arab media, has an interesting blog entry this week.

He discusses how the Arab media have handled the Christmas airline bombing attempt over Detroit. Granted his blog was published before Al-Qaeda took credit for the action. It is still an interesting look at how other media look at the news.

One of the real stories here, which has gone largely unremarked in the coverage I’ve seen, is that the Arab media generally couldn’t care less.

It seems there are other issues that drive the Arab media demand.

When the blog was posted (12/27/09), Gaza was the hot topic in the region.

But Lynch also talks about how relevant AQ is to the Arab audience.

The Arab media’s indifference to the story speaks to a vitally important trend. Al-Qaeda’s attempted acts of terrorism simply no longer carry the kind of persuasive political force with mass Arab or Muslim public which they may have commanded in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

As I said, an interesting read.


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