The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

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.