Monday, January 26, 2009

Obama's 1st Formal Interview as President is With Al-Arabiya

ABC News' Jake Tapper reports Monday that President Obama has sat for his first formal TV interview with the Arabic cable TV network Al-Arabiya.

Al Arabiya is an international news station is based in Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates, and is partly owned by the Saudi-controlled broadcaster Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC).

Al Arabiya had been banned from reporting from Iraq by the country's interim government in November 2003 after it broadcast an audio tape on November 16 purportedly made by the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

In some reports, the network has been accused of being particularly pro-Saudi because of its ownership ties.

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