In lieu of Providence’s regular social hour talk, Editor Mark Tooley spoke via Skype with Amb. Alberto M. Fernandez, president of Middle East Broadcasting Networks Inc. (MBN). Fernandez spoke about his work at MBN, which is the US government-funded Arabic-language media organization that includes Alhurra. In particular, Tooley asked him how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting his organization’s current work, how the virus is affecting the Middle East, and conspiracy theories about the US in the region due to the pandemic.