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-ZeidiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s act during BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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:
Ã¢â‚¬ËœThis 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!