Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I appreciate it. I haven't written a column in a while, so it was nice to write something long for fun again.
@Charles: I tend to agree 100% with you pretty much all the time and you were perfect on your post.
Thanks for the nice words, Charles and CA. Going off topic, I've found myself watching less CNNI over the last couple of months for a number of reasons - including lack of time. Same goes for my time spent here. And, yes, CA, I've found that the forum has gone on a way that doesn't appeal to me as much as content. Also, people that used to add a lot to the discussions have been away as well (Charles included ). But I'll continue to pop up on a regular basis! It's been fun, but life goes on!
Aw, thanks HaBa. I've always enjoyed your insight just as much. I guess the same thing happens to everyone — we all end up getting busy with other things, and it's difficult watching CNN when our home team isn't as good as it's been in the past. I've naturally had a little more time to myself this summer, and I'll be hightailing it out of the U.S. for a few months, so you'll probably see me pop in from time to time to gripe about the deficiencies of CNNI.
One last time. I said I feel uncomfortable knowing Al Jazeera is funded in part by the Muslim brotherhood
That doesn't challenge anything in my previous statement. Once again, the Muslim Brotherhood does not fund Al Jazeera. The Qatari government does. The Qatari government has also been donating large amounts of aid to Egypt, which (until recently) was controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. So Qatar funds Al Jazeera and gives aid to Egypt. It is false to claim that the Muslim Brotherhood funds Al Jazeera. It's also even stranger to object to the Muslim Brotherhood with such conviction and bold statements that they're terrorists, as even the U.S. government doesn't go so far to say that they're a terror group. It's fine to criticize Al Jazeera for slanting their coverage in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood (because they have), but it's not true to say that they themselves are operated or funded by the Muslim Brotherhood (which they are not).