Who needs Arabic linguists?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/16/AR2007051601885.html.
The United States government’s Arabic-language satellite television network, al-Hurra, broadcast anti-Israeli propaganda on several occasions because nobody there speaks Arabic, and therefore nobody knows what they’re actually broadcasting.

Overseers of the United States government’s Arabic-language satellite television network say a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was not screened for anti-Israel content before broadcast because no supervisor spoke Arabic.

In another Al-Hurra broadcast, Ackerman said, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya lent support to the Iranian assertion that the world War II Holocaust against European Jews was a myth.

Al-Hurra is financed by the U.S. government. It was intended to reduce anti-American sentiment in the Arab world.

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