The hero of the Middle East, as well as a sole-brother with much of the U.S. mainstream press, will be back on the journalistic market soon:

The Iraqi journalist jailed after hurling his shoes at former President George W. Bush, will be released next month after his sentence was reduced for good behaviour.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi’s act during Bush’s last visit to Iraq as President turned the 30-year-old reporter into a folk hero across the Arab world, amid growing anger at the 2003 invasion.

He has been in custody since the outburst on December 14 last year during a Bush news conference.

The President was forced to duck for cover as the journalist shouted in Arabic:

‘This is your farewell kiss, you dog’

Hey, this guy was more fair and balanced toward Bush than much of the White House Press Corps was.

Question: After this reporter is released, which media outlet will be the first to sign him to a contract? ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the Associated Press or NPR?

If you don’t remember, here’s al-Zeidi in action:

Update: Dale says the Iraqi reporter won’t be hired by MSNBC because he’s too right-wing for them. Ha!

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