May 1, 2006
The new Muslim TV: media-savvy, modern, and moderate (Ursula Lindsey, 5/02/06, The Christian Science Monitor)
Mr. Abu Haiba, the station's Cairo bureau manager, says the station espouses the values of tolerance, peace, and progress, while being critical of some modern developments. Abu Haiba rails against cellphones and fast food, and says people should "be honest, be punctual, not raise their voices." [...]
These entrepreneurs target the upper middle class, and focus on personal enlightenment rather than political engagement. They're socially conservative and opposed to what they see as the decadence of much of Western culture. But they want to benefit from Western science, education, and progress, and they condemn violence and extremism.
Compare the number of folks hiding in western Pakistan with the remnants of al Qaeda with the numbers watching this sort of media and turning out for elections and you get a sense of how comprehensively the extremists are losing. Of course, it'll be fun to listen to the Right deny the evidence of the market. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2006 7:47 PM