If Colbert was giving voice to a September 11 mind-set that still secretly plagued the network’s image—Al Jazeera as a Trojan horse for extremism—Mohyeldin seemed to anticipate the question, assuming the measured voice of reason to Colbert’s contretemps. ‘Unfortunately Americans are being deprived of the choice of watching Al Jazeera,’ he said, ‘and people say that Americans aren’t interested in international news. I think that’s false […] The reality of it is these cable companies which are not carrying Al Jazeera are sadly helping to contribute to the misinformation…’
The face of the Arab world in America’s eyes for too long has been bin Laden and now it is not. Now the face is only the young people in Egypt and Tunisia and all the Middle Eastern countries around the world where freedom rises up. Al Qaeda’s opportunity is gone.