al-Masri al-Youm

I don't think I can take much more of the smug, self-congratulatory tone of al-Masri al-Youm anymore.

Every one of their main stories (on worthy subjects such as their risible AUC-Pentagon scandal, the Ayman Nour-Gameela Ismail divorce or their claim to have had the scoop on the recent arrests of alleged) Hizbullah operatives) contains a pat on their own back about how they got the story. Are they trying to make up for the real scoop al-Shorouk got (even if some aspects were wrong) on the Sudan bombing?

I officially declare the al-Masri al-Youm era of Egyptian journalism over. Not sure what the new era is, but they no longer have the same authority they once did.
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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.