What is al-Qaida?
That would be a good way to start a Q&A on the terrorist organization. Given recent confusion among politicians and reporters, we could use a good explainer on the status of the group, who’s in it, where they are and what their affiliations are.
These two clips from recent days illustrate the need for this sort of journalism:
- Sen. John McCain on Iran, Iraq and al-Qaida, with a softly spoken correction from Sen. Joseph Lieberman.
- Kyra Phillips of CNN, on a similar theme, with Gen. David Petraeus getting her back on point.
The Associated Press sheds some light on the al-Qaida situation in this “fact check” alternative story form, but it’s a topic worth more explanation to counter rhetoric and misstatements.