Jazeera hires Frost

Apparently Al Jazeera has hired David Frost, the veteran British broadcaster, as part of its top line-up. I find that rather unfortunate. Breakfast with Frost was a dreadfully boring current affairs show and Frost is way past his sell-by date. This sounds like an attempt to inject British patrician authority into the channel rather than any real skilled interviewer or investigation journalists. Someone younger would have been better--respectability is not something you can just buy.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.