Keep Your Friends Close and Al-Jazeera… Farther

In school, when I first heard the cliche, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” I didn’t buy it.

I didn’t have many enemies unless there were girls coming between me and the boy I was attached to at the time. Keep those girls closer? Nu-uh. I don’t think so. I may have tried that for a split second – along with the dumb advice of “playing hard to get.” But, I wound up finding my own way in both regards – by staying the heck away from my high school’s ‘mean girls’ and by chasing my husband down until he married me (love ya, Sweetie).

The controversy surrounding the recent launch of news channel – Al-Jazeera America – leaves people either embracing the cliche, running the other direction, or playing dumb.

al-jazeeraAl-Jazeera is a channel, staffed by 800 journalists, that’s owned by the royal family of Qatar – an oil rich country that (get this) has financially supported the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Jazeera became famous for being the middle-eastern network that aired Usama bin Laden’s videos.

So, the strange thing is that the media will not say an ill-word about it! WHAT?!



Continue Reading at GenFringe…

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

About the author


Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

Don't Miss Out!!

Get your daily dose of Eagle Rising by entering your email address below.

Our Privacy Policy has been updated to support the latest regulations.Click to learn more.×
Don't miss a thing. Sign up for our email newsletter to become an insider.

Send this to a friend