Posted on June 11, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: Taghreed el Khodary, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace; Paul Salem, Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center; Bill Press, Talk show host, The Bill Press Show political commentator and author.
Taghreed el Khodary, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, discussed the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip. El Khodary, who reported for The New York Times during the 2009 Israeli assault on Gaza strip, spoke about her experience during her time on the ground. El Khodary was hailed for her work in Gaza, which painted a clear picture of the suffering and violence which occurred during the offensive. “It was really definitely a disturbing experience”, said el khodary. When asked about the current humanitarian situation in Gaza, el Khodary said that policymakers “try to avoid looking at the place that is Gaza as a political issue”, she continued: “it [the Gaza situation] goes under the humanitarian aid and humanitarian cases, and I disagree with that”.
Paul Salem, Paul Salem, Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center discussed Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Iran. Salem began his segment with an analysis of Turkey’s emerging political influence in the Middle East, particularly commenting on its implications for the Arab and Gulf States. Salem stated that Turkey “has jumped into a leadership position in the central issue in the Middle East, which is the Arab-Israeli conflict, and has seized momentum that, in the olden days, Egypt had.” When asked whether or not Turkey’s role as a mediator in the middle east is being accepted among the Arab and Gulf states, he replied “Very much accepted.”
Bill Press, Talk show host, (The Bill Press Show political commentator and author, discussed his new book “Toxic Talk: How the radical right has poisoned America’s airwaves.” Press discussed the hateful rhetoric used by many so-called right-wing talk show hosts use to articulate their political ideals. Press called talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck “very powerful” saying “they dominate the airwaves, talk radio airwaves in this country”. “There are 10 hours of conservative talk for every maybe one hour of progressive talk”, said Press. Press also stated “the leaders of the republican party in this country are rush Limbaugh, Glenn beck and Sean Hannity”.