Well I guess we'll see! Hubby doesn't watch al Jazeera though (Also called Arabic CNN). He watches Abu Dhabi (MBC), Kuwaiti news and the Egyptian news. And like I said... so many times in the last two years I've heard stuff on Arabic news channels sometimes months before we heard it. So no, I don't think it's a bit much! Sorry. And I believe the government can and does keep their mouths shut many times! I've experienced it! How many reporters are embedded with American and Pakistani troops in Afghanistan? I don't think any. Because if they were, then they wouldn't be able to keep their mouths shut!
No, there is no consensus on how to spell Khadafi. In fact there isn't any consensus on spelling most Arabic words and /or names (Khadafi is an arabic word). The alphabet and sounds are for the most part, so different that there isn't an exact science on translation from Arabic to English unfortunately! I found that out in the 1 1/2 years I took Arabic at the college here!