Ayman Mohyeldin

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Ayman Mohyeldin says the American cable companies that refuse to carry Al Jazeera help contribute to the misinformation about the Middle East. (5:35)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A MIDDLE

EAST BASED CORRESPONDENT FOR AL

JAZEERA ENGLISH.

OR AS WE CALL IT HERE, MSNBC.

(LAUGHTER)

PLEASE WELCOME AYMAN MOHYELDIN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WHAT'S UP?

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

G.

>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.

>> Stephen: NOW, SIR, YOU ARE

A MIDDLE EASTERN CORRESPONDENT

FOR AL JAZEERA ENGLISH, CORRECT?

>> YES, SIR.

>> Stephen:S WHERE THE MUD?

(LAUGHTER)

S WHERE HE?

WHERE'S BIN LADEN?

>> NOBODY KNOWS TO BE HONEST

WITH YOU.

>> Stephen: OKAY, I'M NOT A

CHILD.

ALL RIGHT?

DON'T YOU AL JAZEERA PEOPLE GET

ALL THE TAPES?

DON'T THEY SEND THE TAPES TO YOU

FIRST?

>> IN FACT, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER

NETWORK, SOMETIMES THEY GET

DELIVERED TO AMERICAN NETWORKS

FIRST.

SOMETIMES WHAT WE PUT ON AL

JAZEERA ENDS UP BEING PUT ON ALL

THE AMERICAN NETWORKS.

SO EVERYTHING WE PUT ON OUR AIR

SOMETIMES THEY THINK IT'S

NEWSWORTHY, IT ENDS UP BEING ON

THE AMERICAN NETWORKS AS WELL.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU MS. SNRIM.

>> YES, SIR.

>> Stephen: WHEN WERE YOU

RADICALIZED?

(LAUGHTER)

CAN YOU GIVE ME A DATE WHEN YOU

WERE RADICALIZED.

>> YOU'LL BE SURPRISED.

IT DOESN'T GO THROUGH A PROCESS

YOU'RE BORN AS A MUSLIM AND LIKE

JEWS AND CHRISTIANS, YOU KNOW,

NORMAL RELIGION LIKE ANYONE ELSE

IN THE WORLD.

NO RADICALIZATION PROCESS LIKE

EVERY OTHER RELIGION.

>> Stephen: IF AT ANY POINT

DURING THIS INTERVIEW YOU BECOME

RADICALIZED, JUST GIVE ME A HIGH

FIVE AND WE'LL STOP AND LET YOU

COOL DOWN UNTIL YOU'RE

DERADICALLIZED THEN WE'LL

CONTINUE.

(LAUGHTER)

NOW, YOU GUYS ARE MAKING A LOT

OF HAY RIGHT NOW OVER WHAT

THEY'RE CALLING THE JASMINE

REVOLUTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

YOU GOT... LET'S NAME THE

COUNTRIES.

HELP ME OUT HERE.

WE'VE GOT TUNISIA, EGYPT, LIBYA

...

>> BAHRAIN.

>> Stephen: BAHRAIN, THROW A

LITTLE SAUDI ARABIA IN THERE.

>> A LITTLE BIT.

>> Stephen: MAYBE A LITTLE BIT

JORDAN.

YEMEN BIG.

>> BIG.

>> Stephen: YEMEN'S BLOWING

UP, BABY.

(LAUGHTER)

HOPEFULLY NOT LITERALLY.

AND YOU GUYS GOT A BUMP FROM

HILLARY CLINTON.

SHE SAID YOU GUYS WERE REPORTING

THE STORY IN WAYS NO WESTERN

OUTFIT WAS.

>> YEAH, I THINK IT'S A

TESTAMENT TO THE WORK THAT AL

JAZEERA JOURNALISTS ARE DOING.

THERE'S BEEN A BAD REPUTATION

BUT AL JAZEERA IS A CREDIBLE

NEWS ORGANIZATION MAKING INROADS

INTO AMERICA.

IT'S BEING WATCHED BY PEOPLE IN

THE WHITE HOUSE.

HILLARY CLINTON, ORDINARY

AMERICANS ARE WATCHING IT.

SO...

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: OKAY, AND I... I

CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE WOULD CLAP

FOR SHARIA LAW.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU'RE NOT GETTING IT ON ANY

CABLE SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED

STATES.

YOU CAN'T GET IT HERE.

WE'VE GOT 17 SHOW TIMES AND A

CHANNEL FOR PETS.

(LAUGHTER)

HOW COME WITH YOU GUYS... IF YOU

GUYS AREN'T DANGEROUS YOU'RE NOT

ON ANY OF OUR CHANNELS HERE?

>> THE SAD REALITY IS

UNFORTUNATELY AMERICANS ARE

BEING DEPRIVED OF THE CHOICE OF

WATCHING AL JAZEERA AND PEOPLE

SAY AMERICANS AREN'T INTERESTED

IN INTERNATIONAL NEWS.

I THINK THAT'S FALSE.

PEOPLE COME TO AL JAZEERA

BECAUSE THEY GET GOOD

INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND THE

REALITY IS THESE CABLE COMPANIES

WHICH ARE NOT CARRYING AL

JAZEERA ARE SADLY HELPING

CONTRIBUTE TO THE MISINFORMATION

THAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS

COUNTRY.

>> Stephen: WILL YOU GIVE ANY

CREDENCE TO THE...

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

(LAUGHTER)

WILL YOU GIVE ANY CREDENCE... DO

YOU UNDERSTAND AT ALL AVERAGE

JOES LIKE ME GET A LITTLE

SCEEFED OUT BY YOU GUYS BECAUSE

YOU FOR YEARS YOU WERE

ASSOCIATED WITH MESSAGES FROM

OSAMA BIN LADEN AND BEING

VIRULENTLY ANTI-ISRAELI.

>> WELL, I THINK TO BE HONEST

WITH YOU THAT'S VERY FALSE.

THAT'S COMPLETE

MISREPRESENTATION OF WHAT...

>> Stephen: WHETHER OR NOT

IT'S TRUE, THAT'S HOW WE FELT.

THAT YOU'VE GOT TO ADMIT THAT'S

HOW WE FELT.

(LAUGHTER)

TRUE?

>> WELL, I'LL TELL YOU ALSO THE

SAD REALITY IS THAT WE'RE TRYING

TO FOSTER A BETTER UNDERSTANDING

BY HAVING PEOPLE WATCH AND SEE A

PART OF THE WORLD THAT THEY HAVE

NO INFORMATION ABOUT BUT SADLY

THEY THERE'S A HUGE INVOLVEMENT

BY THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN.

>> Stephen: WHEN CAN WE STOP

CARE CARING?

(LAUGHTER)

BECAUSE I...

>> THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS...

>> Stephen: I HAVE SO MANY

DIFFERENT NAMES TO REMEMBER NOW!

LAUGH.

>> I THINK THE BEST WAY TO LOOK

AT IT IS WHAT HAPPENS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS TO WHAT

HAPPENS TO ORDINARY AMERICANS

FROM IOWA TO NEW YORK TO KANSAS.

AT THE END OF THE DAY PEOPLE

HERE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT JOBS,

THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE

PRICE OF GASOLINE.

ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE

INTERCONNECTED.

WE LIVE IN AN INTERCONNECTED

WORLD.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND

WHAT HAPPENS BEYOND OUR BORDERS

HAS IMPACT ON US HERE AT HOME.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE AL JAZEERA

ENGLISH AND THEN THERE'S AL

JAZEERA IN ARABIC.

JUST CALLED AL JAZEERA.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

DO YOU GUYS... YOU GUYS SORT OF

HAVE A DIFFERENT EDITORIAL

POLICY?

ARE YOU INDEPENDENTLY

EDITORIALLY INDEPENDENT.

>> WE'RE ONE NETWORK SO WE'RE

ONE BIG FAMILY BUT WE'RE TWO

DIFFERENT SIBLINGS SO EACH ONE

OF US HAS DIFFERENT EDITORIAL...

>> Stephen: WHICH ONE OF THE

SIBLINGS WANTS TO DRIVE ISRAEL

INTO THE SEA?

(LAUGHTER)

>> NEITHER ONE.

NEITHER ONE.

YOU'LL NOT FIND THAT ON EITHER

AL JAZEERA NETWORK.

TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, EVEN AL

JAZEERA ARABIC WAS THE FIRST

ARAB NETWORK TO HAVE ISRAELI

OFFICIALS ON THE AIR SPEAKING

DIRECTLY TO THE ARAB WORLD

DIRECTLY.

>> Stephen: SO THEY HAVE THE

COURAGE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT

THERE ARE ISRAELIS?

(LAUGHTER).

>> ARABS HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN

ISRAELIS EXISTED.

THEY'VE BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG

TIME.

THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT AND

AL JAZEERA, LIKE I SAID, WAS THE

FIRST NETWORK TO HAVE ISRAELIS

ON THE NETWORK SPEAKING

DIRECTLY.

>> Stephen: YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN

PUSHING THE STORY OF THE

UPRISINGS ALL ACROSS THE MIDDLE

EAST.

THIS IS YOUR STORY.

ARE YOU GUYS... CAN YOU CLAIM

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SPREAD OF

THESE UPRISINGS ACROSS THE

MIDDLE EAST?

>> NO.

NOT AT ALL.

>> Stephen: YOU'VE GOT TO

CLAIM IT BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T

ANDERSON COOPER'S GOING TO.

(LAUGHTER)

DON'T LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT!

AYMAN MOHYELDIN

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