Interpretations Can Leave Room For Interpretation


By Linton Weeks, NPR

People in the United States and around the world watched and heard Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speak Thursday night.

But depending on your knowledge of Arabic — or more likely the interpreter on the network you were watching or listening to — you could get very different ideas of what Mubarak was saying.

In terms of English interpretations, the NPR person (who was provided through an ABC feed) told it one way, the CNN person said it another way and the Al-Jazeera intermediary recited it yet another way.

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