Pres. Obama's First TV Interview Draws Scrutiny More than a few eyebrows were raised when President Barack Obama decided to grant the first television interview of his presidency to the Al-Arabiya news channel, based in Dubai. The decision was largely viewed as a strong first attempt by Obama to reach out the Arab world. The journalist who conducted the interview is joined by a cultural expert to discusses the impact.
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Pres. Obama's First TV Interview Draws Scrutiny

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Pres. Obama's First TV Interview Draws Scrutiny

Pres. Obama's First TV Interview Draws Scrutiny

Pres. Obama's First TV Interview Draws Scrutiny

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More than a few eyebrows were raised when President Barack Obama decided to grant the first television interview of his presidency to the Al-Arabiya news channel, based in Dubai. The decision was largely viewed as a strong first attempt by Obama to reach out the Arab world.

Journalist Hisham Melham, who conducted the interview, and Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, discuss the impact.