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On-air talent at Al Jazeera America, Univision upset at Obama-interview snub


President Obama engaged in a media blitz Monday to offer up some answers on Syria. Those granted interviews: ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, PBS, CNN and Fox News.

Among those who weren't: Qatar-based Al Jazeera and the Spanish-language Univision.

The Wrap has some of the reaction from Al Jazeera and Univision's on-air talent:

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and Al Jazeera English senior political analyst Marwan Bishara lashed out after their networks were left out of President Obama’s media blitz, writing that the president was leaving Hispanics and Arabs out of the Syria crisis debate. ...

“Pres. Obama gives 6 interviews today. None of those to Univision. Why? Hispanics also care about Syria. Same mistake as presidential debates,” Ramos tweeted on Monday. He added: “150,000+ Latinos are serving in the U.S. military. But none of the 6 interviews given today by Obama include Univision #LessonsNOTlearned.” ...

“There’s only one major network that reaches the majority of Arabs and Muslims and others in the greater Middle East,” [Al Jazeera English's senior political analyst Marwan Bishara] wrote. “If President Obama reckons it’s important to speak to six US networks, then talking to Al Jazeera – Arabic and English channels - is paramount for any future action in Syria.”


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