Al-Jazeera's presence wasn't appreciated by some residents, including James Morris, left. Golden's mayor at first invited the Al-Jazeera crew to a cookout, then withdrew the offer. (By Akira Hakuta -- Washingtonpost.com
Live, From Golden, Colo., It's Al-Jazeera
By Dana Milbank
Thursday, August 28, 2008; A22
GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 27 Deep divisions, bad feelings. Tensions that threaten to boil over during this week's gathering in Colorado.
The Obama-Clinton feud at the Democratic National Convention? Well, yes, but that's happening 13 miles to the east of here, in Denver. The fight in Golden is between the townsfolk of this quaint Western hamlet and al-Jazeera English, which is trying to broadcast from here during the convention.
It started innocently enough: Qatar-based al-Jazeera decided it would film the locals in Golden, the home of Coors beer, as they watched the convention from a biker bar Wednesday night. This would allow al-Jazeera's viewers to see Bill Clinton and Joe Biden through the eyes of those in a small American town that could pass as a set for a Hollywood Western.