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Armed Prophet is back starting tomorrow, where I’ll be covering the convention as much as I can — anecdotes, factoids and even a bit of on-the-scene reporting. In the meantime, here’s something interesting from Variety:

    Will the Al Jazeera logo appear in U.S. broadcasters’ shots of George W. Bush when he accepts his party’s nomination at the Republican National Convention next week?

    The Arab newscaster has been vilified by the Bush administration for airing terrorist tapes and providing an outlet for stridently anti-American comments.

    But U.S. news net execs inside Madison Square Garden said Thursday the Al Jazeera banner, which is in English, was posted and visible above the stage of the RNC.

You’ll remember that last month in Boston, the Dems plastered a banner over Al Jazeera’s logo. No fan of the Qatar-based news net am I, but the GOP has nothing to fear from letting their presence be known. Quite the opposite — look for Ed Gillespie to be citing this as an example of Republican openmindedness and Democratic intolerance by early next week.

Well, look for it if you can find any convention coverage on the broadcast network — I’m skeptical they’ll show much more than Arnold Schwarzenegger and (maybe) President Bush.

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