Josh Rushing, the former Marine spokesman and "the accidental star" of the film Control Room, has parlayed his reading of IRAQ FOR DUMMIES into a job w/the infamous Al-Jazeera. "When I went over to Iraq, I actually read a book, called IRAQ FOR DUMMIES, I'd recommend it to anyone."
Needless to add, the blogs question the loyalty of Josh Rushing as "sleeping with the enemy". Debbie Schlussel calls Rushing:
Al Jazeera's American Boob "Meet America's latest big boob. No, it's not one of Anna Nicole Smith's.(Josh? Dude! What about the fact that Big Al is big on Bias for the Thuggies? Bias Miass says Josh):
His name is Josh Rushing, the Village Voice's fave former Marine Captain. And he's very excited about his latest showbiz role: chief American monkey for Al Jazeera.
Rushing: If I wrote off Al-Jazeera because they're biased, I'm afraid I'd have to write off not just American media, but maybe the world's media. Show me a news station that doesn't have some kind of biasness in it. I think it's impossible.Its a win-win situation for Josh as U.S. media expert pointed out recently: Big Al gets a brand name talking head that calms and informs and x-Marine Josh gets a new career.
Gangel: And to the naysayers? The people who think you're a fool and you're getting used?
Rushing: Who cares? I mean the Marines taught me do the right thing for the right reason. Damn the consequences. Everyone's going to have their opinions, and if you're doing anything worthwhile, you're going to have critics. NOW PBS interview
"These appointments will go some way towards calming the fears of US advertisers, which will be the crucial factor in gaining favour with distributors in the US who, especially since September 11, 2001, will be squeamish about any association with an organisation tarred with the terrorist brush. As US media analyst Tom Wolzien recently told Time"