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The backlash to al-Jazeera begins

Posted by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM
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The backlash to al-Jazeera begins

The backlash to al-Jazeera has begun: Accuracy in Media, the conservative watchdog group, has labeled the network a "Homeland Security threat" and is calling for a congressional probe into the "controversial operations of foreign propaganda channel" following its acquisition of Current TV this week.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League has announced it has ongoing concerns about the Qatari-owned network, due to “a troubling record” of giving "virulent anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic extremists access to its airwaves."

Al-Jazeera has long faced charges of anti-Americanism and even anti-Semitism from conservatives and pro-Israel groups, but it's English-language programming has received praise from politicians on both sides of the spectrum, especially during its coverage of the Arab Spring.

The New York Times editorial board today wrote that despite concerns of impartiality, "Al Jazeera could bring an important international perspective to American audiences and should be given a chance to prove itself commercially...," following Time Warner Cable's decision to drop Current TV after the acquisition. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who described the network as "anti-American," also said he was "not for censoring al-Jazeera."

The right sees it differently. Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid today called on the new House Homeland Security Committee "to examine how Al Jazeera’s anti-American programming is seeking to gain a dangerous foothold in the United States through the acquisition of Al Gore’s Current TV cable channel."

Kincaid said Al Jazeera’s U.S. ambitions pose “an unacceptable danger to American citizens by further adding to the potential for home-grown Jihadists inspired by Al Jazeera’s inflammatory programming.”

The Anti-Defamation League was more tempered in its press release: "Al Jazeera, whose major broadcast focus is in the Arab world, has a troubling record and history that is very disturbing, particularly in its Arabic language broadcasts," Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in a statement. "It has exploited and exaggerated the Arab-Israel conflict in a heavy-handed and propagandistic manner, and always at the expense of Israel, while giving all manner of virulent anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic extremists access to its airwaves."

"However, in its English version lately Al Jazeera has toned down its anti-Israel propaganda," he continued. "Yet it continues to be of great concern. We will be watching and monitoring the broadcasts as they become available to a much wider audience in the United States."

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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I wonder how many of the ones complaining have actually watched...
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darlingdaisy
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM
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 Yes, the terrorist tv network SHOULD be on the the FBI watchlist, and anyone who listens to them.  If my cable company carried them, I would drop them and switch to a provider that doesn't support terrorist tv.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I wonder how many of the ones complaining have actually watched...

Im sure they never have. Just read the response below yours. LOL

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM


Quoting darlingdaisy:

 Yes, the terrorist tv network SHOULD be on the the FBI watchlist, and anyone who listens to them.  If my cable company carried them, I would drop them and switch to a provider that doesn't support terrorist tv.

LOL.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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And there it is...

That started quick. Watch it and see what it is REALLY...


Quoting darlingdaisy:

 Yes, the terrorist tv network SHOULD be on the the FBI watchlist, and anyone who listens to them.  If my cable company carried them, I would drop them and switch to a provider that doesn't support terrorist tv.

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by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:08 PM

 

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 Yes, the terrorist tv network SHOULD be on the the FBI watchlist, and anyone who listens to them.  If my cable company carried them, I would drop them and switch to a provider that doesn't support terrorist tv.

 "terrorist TV" ? Do you have actual proof of that? Or is it just a hunch...because the name "sounds bad" ?

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SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Didn't al-jazeera give voice to Osama Bin Laden post 9/11?

rfurlongg
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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They are no more propaganda-ist than Fox or MSNBC. If they represent a national security threat, than so do the others.
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bellawomen
by Bronze Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM
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The beauty of the constitution...freedom of speech and press.  Why not let the news station start airing in America?  I see no issue at all.  Every network should have and equal opportunity to grow.

Don't like it?  Don't watch it.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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Well that was fast...

Quoting muslimahpj:


Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

I wonder how many of the ones complaining have actually watched...

Im sure they never have. Just read the response below yours. LOL

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