Friday, March 10, 2006

Daily Star writes about the blogosphere

I would like to thank Lysandra Ohrstrom of the Daily Star for writing a feature article on the Lebanese blogosphere. My only wish is that the article had been more inclusive and incorporated more input from bloggers other than Tony, myself and Angry Arab.

I would also like to make another comment; she appears to have attributed the following quote to me:

"There is no Lebanese cause to speak of. What cause? Unless you are talking about fraud, sectarianism, clerical interventions, daily political oscillations and fakeries. That is why the cause for me has always been ... Palestine and socio-economic justice ... everywhere."

I've just checked my archives and made sure that I never wrote such a statement. I believe Angry Arab is the source of those comments.

Lysandra also committed the typical American error of treating "Abu" as a middle name and completely discarding it while writing her article. Therefore, she refered to me as "Hassan" rather than "Abu Hassan," and Asaad Abu Khalil as "Khalil" rather than "Abu Khalil." Of course, the fault does not lie with her, but rather with the Daily Star's editors who should have picked up on that common American error, and fixed it.


ANYWAYS... For those of you visiting the Lebanese Blogosphere for the first time, please visit Open Lebanon. It is a clearing house of Lebanese blogs, where you get links to the latest entries from some of the best blogs, including Beirut Spring, Lebanon Political Journal , From Beirut to the Beltway, Letters Apart, Lebanonesque, French Eagle, Jamal’s Propagandas Site, Cedars Awakening and Ms. Levantine .

Addendum: It turns out that I can't read properly, and that Lysandra did not attribute the quote to me, but I just didn't get it! Thanks to some of the commenters who pointed that out.

Addendum 2: Rampurple has published a very interesting entry on what some may term an "Orange lie" at the Lebanese Blogger Forum. It's great! Go check it out!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

She did NOT attribute the quote to you. Read her (lame) article again

A.Kais.W. said...

Hmmm... I could swear that last quote was attributed to Raja, aka "Hassan", last night when I read it.

May said...

Raja,

I dont know if i am the only one who noticed this from the beginning but i definitely did not get that impression when i first read it.

Here is the quote again:

Still cynicism persists as a post from Khalil on March 2005 demonstrates: "There is no Lebanese cause to speak of. What cause? Unless you are talking about fraud, sectarianism, clerical interventions, daily political oscillations and fakeries. That is why the cause for me has always been ... Palestine and socio-economic justice ... everywhere."

JoseyWales said...
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JoseyWales said...

Did she mention that a lot of us think the Daily Star blows?

Didn't think so.

More important, she missed the STORY which is "blogging on/in Lebanon", not the political opinions of Raja, Tony and Angry Arab.

Anonymous said...

Raja and Kais' first impression was right.
The initial Internet version, published around midnight, as well as the "official" paper version of the Daily Star, attribute the quote to Raja.
They edited the online version later to correct the mistake.
The Daily Star badly needs good editors.
Anyway, the article misses the important issues. Who cares about Abou Khalil and Badran's hatreds and personal issues ? I would have liked an article about bloggers contribution to a new democratic Lebanon.

Anton Efendi said...

Don't worry, Raja, she terribly misquoted me instead! In fact, it's so bad that there's one paragraph that's completely incomprehensible! In other places she just combined statements from different contexts, or separated comments from one context. Sigh... Oh well...

fadibou said...

I copied this from another site, its too good, please post it:

I don’t think I need to get into details of this story… the pictures on the following links can easily tell you the story.

link (this was posted november 2005 and notice the license plate…north carolina)

link (this was posted February 2006 and pictures were made to look like it was in Ireland)

link (this was posted a couple of days ago… same pictures as the previous ones and the following is an official statement

Now the question is … would you trust Aoun as a President? Would you even trust him to own some sort of media… such at the TV station he is planning on opening? Lie, lies, lies…

frencheagle said...

blogs are like personal medias right now, exposing multiple of opinion , and therefore a threat to "traditional" medias

what i like is the confrontation of idea and opinions

she missed that point in her article