Monday, January 26, 2009

Clarity is important

This little news brief has spurred quite a bit of conversation here and there:

As special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell heads off to the region to begin work on negotiating a cease fire between Israel and the Palestinians, President Obama has sat for his first formal TV interview with the Arabic cable TV network Al-Arabiya, ABC News has learned.

Now, I'm not being deliberately obtuse here, but I've read the thing about fifty times, and I'm still not clear--is the driving point that this is President Obama's first formal interview with Al-Arabiya, or that this is Obama's first formal interview as President?

Given the state of things in the Middle East, either would be newsworthy...which makes me wish Mr. Tapper had taken a bit more care with his words.


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