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Cash for Coverage: Deposed Dictator Bought Off Al-Manar

The LA Times picks up on reports that Tunisia’s deposed dictator, Zine el Abidine ben Ali, paid Arab news services — including Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV — large sums of money¬†to burnish his image as a “promoter of human rights.” Lebanese television stations were reportedly even more voracious. One, parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri’s NBN, “demanded that

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