- Planet Erstwild - Josh Rushing

James Moore will be talking with former Marine Lieutenant Josh Rushing todayJosh Rushing at 3pm. He will discuss his new book Mission Al Jazeera and his journey from a small Texas town to a 14-year career in the Marines including acting as a liason for the military with Hollywood to his most recent stint with the Al Jazeera English network.

"Al Jazeera is the most influential Arab voice outside of mosques. It is the largest shaper of ideology," Rushing explained in a Time magazine article shortly after he was hired in the fall of 2005. "I've dedicated my adult life to the health and security of the United States and to representing the best of American ideas. I will maintain my credibility by continuing to do that."

A piece by Mother Earth News explains After defending Al Jazeera in an interview with the Village Voice, in which he suggested that the network showed a more realistic image of the war than the American media ("In America war isn't hell—we don't see blood, we don't see suffering. All we see is patriotism"), he was ordered to stop talking to the press. That didn't sit well with him. "It's a weird place to be in when there's a national dialogue about you and you can't take part in it," he says. "When I came back from the war, I was frustrated by what I'd seen. I felt that what America thought it knew about Al Jazeera was wrong, and the way that America was engaging or not engaging with Al Jazeera was not only wrong but dangerous."

Click here for the Al Jazeera English website.