01/10/2012 03:05 pm ET Updated Mar 11, 2012

The Unlikely Rise Of Al Jazeera

How did so unlikely an enterprise, funded by a minor Arab potentate, come to occupy such a stellar position? And what sort of information product is it dispensing to its growing millions of viewers? As chance would have it, I may be one of the few people still alive who was present at the very modest beginnings of what is arguably today's most strategically influential television-news operation.

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