January 29, 2011

Noted Egyptian journalist and speaker Mona Eltahawy takes CNN to task for their sensational descriptions of the events in Egypt and call it for what it is: a people's uprising and revolution.

The New York Times describes an interview on CNN with Mona Eltahawy:

Eltahawy ... appealed to the media to not fall for what she described as a Mubarak regime plot to make the protests in Egypt seem like dangerous anarchy. "I urge you to use the words 'revolt' and 'uprising' and 'revolution' and not 'chaos' and not 'unrest, we are talking about a historic moment," she said.

Moments later, as Ms. Eltahawy suggested that looting and damage to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo shown on Egyptian television was the work of "the police and the thugs of Hosni Mubarak," the lower third of the screen displayed the banner headline: "EGYPT IN CHAOS."

She added, "Egyptians want to fix Egypt, they don't want to destroy Egypt."

The network then displayed video from Egyptian state television of damage to the museum, which has been shown around the world on Saturday.

Less than hour later CNN finally smartened up (a little) and began calling it what it is, as Robert Mackey noted.

Less than an hour after Mona Eltahway, an Egyptian blogger and journalist, appealed to CNN to stop focusing on looting and security problems in Egypt following the government’s decision to withdraw the police from the streets, the broadcaster has changed its onscreen headline from “CHAOS IN EGYPT” to “UPRISING IN EGYPT.”


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