EDITING BIN LADEN
United Press International starts a piece on the Al-Jazeera/Bin Laden connection with this revelation:
When Osama bin Laden relayed his latest audiotaped message to al-Jazeera in a Sunday phone call from somewhere in Pakistan it was 45 minutes long. Editors at the Arab-language satellite news channel immediately went to work on it, and within a couple of hours a trimmed down, 13-minute version was on the air.
I find it fascinating that the world’s #1 Most Wanted man–and al Jazeera’s answer to O.J. Simpson, Monica Lewinsky, and Michael Jackson all rolled into one–doesn’t merit an unedited 45 minute airing. Even cut down for commercials, 13 of 45 minutes is rather chintzy. I mean, Bill Clinton used to ramble on for well over 90 minutes and got to be aired live. Being the world’s most infamous terrorist isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, apparently.