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In dealing with foreign journalists who cover American politics, I’ve noticed a consistent view about the White House press corps. I strain to recall a positive word ever being uttered about them by their professional colleagues abroad. But usually these judgments are saved for social interaction and don’t find their way into some public forum. Yesterday at a Middle East Institute function, however, honesty appears to have gotten the better of professional courtesy. A panel of three Middle Eastern journalists were asked by ThinkProgress what they felt about the Washington press corps and their knowledge of Middle Eastern issues. Here’s the answer from Nadia Bilbassy, White House correspondent for MBC, a satellite TV network in Dubai:
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Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”