TLP: ABC Ex-Reporter on CNN Responds to Fox Anchor's Criticism Over Praise for Al-Jazeera Coverage
Just about the time journalists were being beaten, threatened and chased out of Cairo's Liberation Square, Bill O'Reilly of Fox News decided it would be better to have news from fewer sources. So he ripped into Sam Donaldson, who somehow is still on teevee.
Former ABC News journalist Sam Donaldson stood by recent compliments he gave to Al-Jazeera regarding its coverage of the Egypt protests during an interview Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources" with Howard Kurtz.Even O'Reilly and Fox.
His compliments to the Qatar-based TV news network came under harsh criticism from conservative firebrand host Bill O'Reilly of Fox News.
"Any fair-minded person who follows Al-Jazeera knows it's anti-American and anti-Semitic," O'Reilly said. "Why are they cheerleading Al-Jazeera?"
Donaldson reinforced his kind words for Al-Jazeera while also acknowledging O'Reilly's critique of his comments.
"Al-Jazeera, I thought, performed a service in fanning the flames in Egypt," he said. "It says things about us we don't like, and some things that are not true. And I certainly don't subscribe to that, except a news service of any kind has got to be able to say whatever it wants, otherwise it's a contradiction in terms."