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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."

by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM
Replies (21-30):
katy_kay08
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM
3 moms liked this

PJ, haven't you figured it out yet, for some the 1st Amendment is only important when they like/support the messenger.  

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Oh, I know. 

Quoting katy_kay08:

PJ, haven't you figured it out yet, for some the 1st Amendment is only important when they like/support the messenger.  


bellawomen
by Bronze Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM
1 mom liked this

You nailed it.

Quoting katy_kay08:

PJ, haven't you figured it out yet, for some the 1st Amendment is only important when they like/support the messenger.  


darlingdaisy
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

 Right.. because none of it is true.  Its all true.   They are anti American.  I take it you support terrorist propaganda.

Quoting muslimahpj:

LOL. Nice try. These are all from a blog called stop al jazeera. 

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 They are the mouth piece of Al Qaeda.

Terror Television Blog

Iraq Threatens Al-Jazeera With Legal Action 19 Feb 2007

The Iraqi government has issued the following statement: “The Al-Jazeera channel continues in its overtly hostile attitude towards the Iraqi people and continues to contribute to the spread of death and destruction by adopting a line that is frankly hostile to the Iraqi people and govvernment. We condemn this attitude and call on parliament to take a firm position on this channel and resort to all legal means to prevent it continuing its hostile policy.”

Al-Jazeera Spreads “Death and Destruction” In Iraq 8 Feb 2007

Reuters reports from Baghdad that Iraq’s government on Wednesday accused Al Jazeera television of helping to “spread death and destruction” in its reporting.The channel was banned in
Iraq two years ago but was allowed to resume operations recently.

The story went on: “The cabinet called on parliament to take legal action against the pan-Arab Qatar-based satellite channel that has angered the Shi’ite-led government with its
Iraq coverage.” The cabinet said: “Al Jazeera continues to have a publicly shameless stand against the Iraqi people and to contribute in spreading death and destruction in
Iraq.”

As we have consistently argued and shown in our coverage, Al-Jazeera has been a consistent mouthpiece for the remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime.

Al-Jazeera Covers “Anti-War” March 28 Jan 2007

Al-Jazeera English coveredthe “anti-war” rally in Washington on Saturday, highlighting the appearances of Jane Fonda and Rep. John Conyers. Interestingly, the story quoted Hani Khalil, “a member of the United for Peace and Justice Group,” as saying the protesters wanted to send a message that “Americans are against the war in Iraq.”As AIM has pointed out, United for Peace and Justice is a Marxist-oriented group led by Leslie Cagan, who has substantial communist connections.

It is significant that Al-Jazeera singled out Hani Khalil, an Arab-American who works with the anti-war paper War Times. Khalil, who was put forward by United for Peace and Justice to give an Arab-American face to the protests to a worldwide audience, has written that, “The antiwar movements of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s were able to end or seriously hinder U.S.-sponsored wars in Vietnam, Central America, and elsewhere. Though we face unique challenges, we have the same responsibility – and ability – today.”

In other words, they want America defeated in Iraq. That’s Al-Jazeera’s goal as well.

Al-Jazeera at Fort Riley 16 Jan 2007

Â

Danny Schechter of media channel.org laments that too few foreign propaganda channels, such as Al-Jazeera English, were at the recently concluded National Conference for Media Reform. He asks,“Why no presence from the Al Jazeera English Channel that can’t get on the air in the US?” Maybe it’s because Al-Jazeera English correspondent Josh Rushing, a former Marine who looks like a PLO terrorist on his personal website, was busy elsewhere. He’s reportedly visiting Fort Riley, Kansas, doing a story about U.S. troops training Iraqis.

Can someone tell me why Al-Jazeera has been given access to that U.S. military base? What do mediachannel.org and the Free Press organizers of the media reform conference have in common? They’ve both been funded by George Soros.

Was Al-Jazeera Behind Leak of Saddam Hanging Video? 4 Jan 2007

How did cell phone video footage of Saddam’s execution appear on Al-Jazeera television just hours after Saddam was hanged?

AP said the “leaked” video showed the former dictator being “taunted” near the end, with some witnesses shouting “Go to hell!” before he dropped through the gallows floor in a noose. The video has been exploitedby Al-Jazeera. But who “leaked” it? CNN is reporting that an Iraqi official claims that Al-Jazeera itself was behind the leak, having recruited somebody to record the execution, for the obvious purpose of exploiting the scene in order to undermine the Iraqi government and its American backers. So Al-Jazeera leaked the video to itself! Not surprisingly, Al-Jazeera is denying the charge. But an Al-Jazeera role in obtaining, even recording, the video, makes sense, in terms of how quickly the terror TV channel was able to exploit it. As various news reports pointed out, Al-Jazeera was the first channel to air the footage.

If the charge stands up, it add to the case AIM has made that that Al-Jazeera has been a consistent supporter of the Saddam regime and its remnants, now waging a terrorist war against the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.

Â

Al-Jazeera English: “Propaganda for America’s Enemies.” 4 Jan 2007

The Weekly Standard has taken note of our criticism of the new channel. In an article,Louis Wittig finds Al-Jazeera English (AJE) guilty of airing ”deceptive and terrorist-promoting segments.”

One example: “ON ONE OF THE DAYS I was watching, the London desk had breaking news from Gaza. A hundred-plus Hamas gunmen had formed a human shield around their leader’s house to ward off an Israeli air strike. This began a string of short reports on recent events in the Strip: The U.N. Assembly had voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel; accompanying footage showed Palestinian bodies. The next item was Israel’s bombing of a building that housed (AJE authoritatively asserted) a charity. The broadcast made no mention either of what the Israelis believed the building contained or why the Israelis were attacking in Gaza in the first place.”

Another is one that we have noted: a glorified reportabout the terrorist Islamic Army of Iraq. Wittig explains: “AJE aired a short segment on the Islamic Army of Iraq. The publicity video showed disciplined rows of masked men drilling: bursting out from the cover of tall reeds and scanning the horizon with their AK-47s. An off-camera voice described how they fight all foreigners. Their tactics of kidnapping and releasing ‘grisly videos’ were noted as ‘effective intimidation technique[s].’ A group spokesman, his face obscured, gave a boasting quote but doesn't field any questions.”

Wittig concludes that,  ”If this isn’t propaganda for America’s enemies, that’s only because the definition of propaganda in today’s constantly shifting media environment isn’t perfectly clear.”

He adds:

“AJE supporters try to claim that the new network is independent from the original Al Jazeera. But as Cliff Kincaid, of Accuracy in Media, notes, both Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English are funded directly by the emir of Qatar, and three of the four top managers at the English-language channel come from the Arabic one.

Quoting lga1965:

 

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" ?

 


 

katy_kay08
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

LMAO!  Yes, someone finding your sources to be lacking is a clear indication that they support terrorist propaganda.  


Quoting darlingdaisy:

 Right.. because none of it is true.  Its all true.   They are anti American.  I take it you support terrorist propaganda.

Quoting muslimahpj:

LOL. Nice try. These are all from a blog called stop al jazeera. 

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 They are the mouth piece of Al Qaeda.

Terror Television Blog

Iraq Threatens Al-Jazeera With Legal Action 19 Feb 2007

The Iraqi government has issued the following statement: “The Al-Jazeera channel continues in its overtly hostile attitude towards the Iraqi people and continues to contribute to the spread of death and destruction by adopting a line that is frankly hostile to the Iraqi people and govvernment. We condemn this attitude and call on parliament to take a firm position on this channel and resort to all legal means to prevent it continuing its hostile policy.”

Al-Jazeera Spreads “Death and Destruction” In Iraq 8 Feb 2007

Reuters reports from Baghdad that Iraq’s government on Wednesday accused Al Jazeera television of helping to “spread death and destruction” in its reporting.The channel was banned in
Iraq two years ago but was allowed to resume operations recently.

The story went on: “The cabinet called on parliament to take legal action against the pan-Arab Qatar-based satellite channel that has angered the Shi’ite-led government with its
Iraq coverage.” The cabinet said: “Al Jazeera continues to have a publicly shameless stand against the Iraqi people and to contribute in spreading death and destruction in
Iraq.”

As we have consistently argued and shown in our coverage, Al-Jazeera has been a consistent mouthpiece for the remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime.

Al-Jazeera Covers “Anti-War” March 28 Jan 2007

Al-Jazeera English coveredthe “anti-war” rally in Washington on Saturday, highlighting the appearances of Jane Fonda and Rep. John Conyers. Interestingly, the story quoted Hani Khalil, “a member of the United for Peace and Justice Group,” as saying the protesters wanted to send a message that “Americans are against the war in Iraq.”As AIM has pointed out, United for Peace and Justice is a Marxist-oriented group led by Leslie Cagan, who has substantial communist connections.

It is significant that Al-Jazeera singled out Hani Khalil, an Arab-American who works with the anti-war paper War Times. Khalil, who was put forward by United for Peace and Justice to give an Arab-American face to the protests to a worldwide audience, has written that, “The antiwar movements of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s were able to end or seriously hinder U.S.-sponsored wars in Vietnam, Central America, and elsewhere. Though we face unique challenges, we have the same responsibility – and ability – today.”

In other words, they want America defeated in Iraq. That’s Al-Jazeera’s goal as well.

Al-Jazeera at Fort Riley 16 Jan 2007

Â

Danny Schechter of media channel.org laments that too few foreign propaganda channels, such as Al-Jazeera English, were at the recently concluded National Conference for Media Reform. He asks,“Why no presence from the Al Jazeera English Channel that can’t get on the air in the US?” Maybe it’s because Al-Jazeera English correspondent Josh Rushing, a former Marine who looks like a PLO terrorist on his personal website, was busy elsewhere. He’s reportedly visiting Fort Riley, Kansas, doing a story about U.S. troops training Iraqis.

Can someone tell me why Al-Jazeera has been given access to that U.S. military base? What do mediachannel.org and the Free Press organizers of the media reform conference have in common? They’ve both been funded by George Soros.

Was Al-Jazeera Behind Leak of Saddam Hanging Video? 4 Jan 2007

How did cell phone video footage of Saddam’s execution appear on Al-Jazeera television just hours after Saddam was hanged?

AP said the “leaked” video showed the former dictator being “taunted” near the end, with some witnesses shouting “Go to hell!” before he dropped through the gallows floor in a noose. The video has been exploitedby Al-Jazeera. But who “leaked” it? CNN is reporting that an Iraqi official claims that Al-Jazeera itself was behind the leak, having recruited somebody to record the execution, for the obvious purpose of exploiting the scene in order to undermine the Iraqi government and its American backers. So Al-Jazeera leaked the video to itself! Not surprisingly, Al-Jazeera is denying the charge. But an Al-Jazeera role in obtaining, even recording, the video, makes sense, in terms of how quickly the terror TV channel was able to exploit it. As various news reports pointed out, Al-Jazeera was the first channel to air the footage.

If the charge stands up, it add to the case AIM has made that that Al-Jazeera has been a consistent supporter of the Saddam regime and its remnants, now waging a terrorist war against the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.

Â

Al-Jazeera English: “Propaganda for America’s Enemies.” 4 Jan 2007

The Weekly Standard has taken note of our criticism of the new channel. In an article,Louis Wittig finds Al-Jazeera English (AJE) guilty of airing ”deceptive and terrorist-promoting segments.”

One example: “ON ONE OF THE DAYS I was watching, the London desk had breaking news from Gaza. A hundred-plus Hamas gunmen had formed a human shield around their leader’s house to ward off an Israeli air strike. This began a string of short reports on recent events in the Strip: The U.N. Assembly had voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel; accompanying footage showed Palestinian bodies. The next item was Israel’s bombing of a building that housed (AJE authoritatively asserted) a charity. The broadcast made no mention either of what the Israelis believed the building contained or why the Israelis were attacking in Gaza in the first place.”

Another is one that we have noted: a glorified reportabout the terrorist Islamic Army of Iraq. Wittig explains: “AJE aired a short segment on the Islamic Army of Iraq. The publicity video showed disciplined rows of masked men drilling: bursting out from the cover of tall reeds and scanning the horizon with their AK-47s. An off-camera voice described how they fight all foreigners. Their tactics of kidnapping and releasing ‘grisly videos’ were noted as ‘effective intimidation technique[s].’ A group spokesman, his face obscured, gave a boasting quote but doesn't field any questions.”

Wittig concludes that,  ”If this isn’t propaganda for America’s enemies, that’s only because the definition of propaganda in today’s constantly shifting media environment isn’t perfectly clear.”

He adds:

“AJE supporters try to claim that the new network is independent from the original Al Jazeera. But as Cliff Kincaid, of Accuracy in Media, notes, both Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English are funded directly by the emir of Qatar, and three of the four top managers at the English-language channel come from the Arabic one.

Quoting lga1965:

 

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" ?

 


 


muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM
1 mom liked this

When you can support what you are saying with something other than a blog, we will talk.

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 Right.. because none of it is true.  Its all true.   They are anti American.  I take it you support terrorist propaganda.

Quoting muslimahpj:

LOL. Nice try. These are all from a blog called stop al jazeera. 

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 They are the mouth piece of Al Qaeda.

Terror Television Blog

Iraq Threatens Al-Jazeera With Legal Action 19 Feb 2007

The Iraqi government has issued the following statement: “The Al-Jazeera channel continues in its overtly hostile attitude towards the Iraqi people and continues to contribute to the spread of death and destruction by adopting a line that is frankly hostile to the Iraqi people and govvernment. We condemn this attitude and call on parliament to take a firm position on this channel and resort to all legal means to prevent it continuing its hostile policy.”

Al-Jazeera Spreads “Death and Destruction” In Iraq 8 Feb 2007

Reuters reports from Baghdad that Iraq’s government on Wednesday accused Al Jazeera television of helping to “spread death and destruction” in its reporting.The channel was banned in
Iraq two years ago but was allowed to resume operations recently.

The story went on: “The cabinet called on parliament to take legal action against the pan-Arab Qatar-based satellite channel that has angered the Shi’ite-led government with its
Iraq coverage.” The cabinet said: “Al Jazeera continues to have a publicly shameless stand against the Iraqi people and to contribute in spreading death and destruction in
Iraq.”

As we have consistently argued and shown in our coverage, Al-Jazeera has been a consistent mouthpiece for the remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime.

Al-Jazeera Covers “Anti-War” March 28 Jan 2007

Al-Jazeera English coveredthe “anti-war” rally in Washington on Saturday, highlighting the appearances of Jane Fonda and Rep. John Conyers. Interestingly, the story quoted Hani Khalil, “a member of the United for Peace and Justice Group,” as saying the protesters wanted to send a message that “Americans are against the war in Iraq.”As AIM has pointed out, United for Peace and Justice is a Marxist-oriented group led by Leslie Cagan, who has substantial communist connections.

It is significant that Al-Jazeera singled out Hani Khalil, an Arab-American who works with the anti-war paper War Times. Khalil, who was put forward by United for Peace and Justice to give an Arab-American face to the protests to a worldwide audience, has written that, “The antiwar movements of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s were able to end or seriously hinder U.S.-sponsored wars in Vietnam, Central America, and elsewhere. Though we face unique challenges, we have the same responsibility – and ability – today.”

In other words, they want America defeated in Iraq. That’s Al-Jazeera’s goal as well.

Al-Jazeera at Fort Riley 16 Jan 2007

Â

Danny Schechter of media channel.org laments that too few foreign propaganda channels, such as Al-Jazeera English, were at the recently concluded National Conference for Media Reform. He asks,“Why no presence from the Al Jazeera English Channel that can’t get on the air in the US?” Maybe it’s because Al-Jazeera English correspondent Josh Rushing, a former Marine who looks like a PLO terrorist on his personal website, was busy elsewhere. He’s reportedly visiting Fort Riley, Kansas, doing a story about U.S. troops training Iraqis.

Can someone tell me why Al-Jazeera has been given access to that U.S. military base? What do mediachannel.org and the Free Press organizers of the media reform conference have in common? They’ve both been funded by George Soros.

Was Al-Jazeera Behind Leak of Saddam Hanging Video? 4 Jan 2007

How did cell phone video footage of Saddam’s execution appear on Al-Jazeera television just hours after Saddam was hanged?

AP said the “leaked” video showed the former dictator being “taunted” near the end, with some witnesses shouting “Go to hell!” before he dropped through the gallows floor in a noose. The video has been exploitedby Al-Jazeera. But who “leaked” it? CNN is reporting that an Iraqi official claims that Al-Jazeera itself was behind the leak, having recruited somebody to record the execution, for the obvious purpose of exploiting the scene in order to undermine the Iraqi government and its American backers. So Al-Jazeera leaked the video to itself! Not surprisingly, Al-Jazeera is denying the charge. But an Al-Jazeera role in obtaining, even recording, the video, makes sense, in terms of how quickly the terror TV channel was able to exploit it. As various news reports pointed out, Al-Jazeera was the first channel to air the footage.

If the charge stands up, it add to the case AIM has made that that Al-Jazeera has been a consistent supporter of the Saddam regime and its remnants, now waging a terrorist war against the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.

Â

Al-Jazeera English: “Propaganda for America’s Enemies.” 4 Jan 2007

The Weekly Standard has taken note of our criticism of the new channel. In an article,Louis Wittig finds Al-Jazeera English (AJE) guilty of airing ”deceptive and terrorist-promoting segments.”

One example: “ON ONE OF THE DAYS I was watching, the London desk had breaking news from Gaza. A hundred-plus Hamas gunmen had formed a human shield around their leader’s house to ward off an Israeli air strike. This began a string of short reports on recent events in the Strip: The U.N. Assembly had voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel; accompanying footage showed Palestinian bodies. The next item was Israel’s bombing of a building that housed (AJE authoritatively asserted) a charity. The broadcast made no mention either of what the Israelis believed the building contained or why the Israelis were attacking in Gaza in the first place.”

Another is one that we have noted: a glorified reportabout the terrorist Islamic Army of Iraq. Wittig explains: “AJE aired a short segment on the Islamic Army of Iraq. The publicity video showed disciplined rows of masked men drilling: bursting out from the cover of tall reeds and scanning the horizon with their AK-47s. An off-camera voice described how they fight all foreigners. Their tactics of kidnapping and releasing ‘grisly videos’ were noted as ‘effective intimidation technique[s].’ A group spokesman, his face obscured, gave a boasting quote but doesn't field any questions.”

Wittig concludes that,  ”If this isn’t propaganda for America’s enemies, that’s only because the definition of propaganda in today’s constantly shifting media environment isn’t perfectly clear.”

He adds:

“AJE supporters try to claim that the new network is independent from the original Al Jazeera. But as Cliff Kincaid, of Accuracy in Media, notes, both Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English are funded directly by the emir of Qatar, and three of the four top managers at the English-language channel come from the Arabic one.

Quoting lga1965:

 

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" ?

 


 


muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Well of course. I mean, come on Katy, I look the part too.

Quoting katy_kay08:

LMAO!  Yes, someone finding your sources to be lacking is a clear indication that they support terrorist propaganda.  


Quoting darlingdaisy:

 Right.. because none of it is true.  Its all true.   They are anti American.  I take it you support terrorist propaganda.

Quoting muslimahpj:

LOL. Nice try. These are all from a blog called stop al jazeera. 

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 They are the mouth piece of Al Qaeda.

Terror Television Blog

Iraq Threatens Al-Jazeera With Legal Action 19 Feb 2007

The Iraqi government has issued the following statement: “The Al-Jazeera channel continues in its overtly hostile attitude towards the Iraqi people and continues to contribute to the spread of death and destruction by adopting a line that is frankly hostile to the Iraqi people and govvernment. We condemn this attitude and call on parliament to take a firm position on this channel and resort to all legal means to prevent it continuing its hostile policy.”

Al-Jazeera Spreads “Death and Destruction” In Iraq 8 Feb 2007

Reuters reports from Baghdad that Iraq’s government on Wednesday accused Al Jazeera television of helping to “spread death and destruction” in its reporting.The channel was banned in
Iraq two years ago but was allowed to resume operations recently.

The story went on: “The cabinet called on parliament to take legal action against the pan-Arab Qatar-based satellite channel that has angered the Shi’ite-led government with its
Iraq coverage.” The cabinet said: “Al Jazeera continues to have a publicly shameless stand against the Iraqi people and to contribute in spreading death and destruction in
Iraq.”

As we have consistently argued and shown in our coverage, Al-Jazeera has been a consistent mouthpiece for the remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime.

Al-Jazeera Covers “Anti-War” March 28 Jan 2007

Al-Jazeera English coveredthe “anti-war” rally in Washington on Saturday, highlighting the appearances of Jane Fonda and Rep. John Conyers. Interestingly, the story quoted Hani Khalil, “a member of the United for Peace and Justice Group,” as saying the protesters wanted to send a message that “Americans are against the war in Iraq.”As AIM has pointed out, United for Peace and Justice is a Marxist-oriented group led by Leslie Cagan, who has substantial communist connections.

It is significant that Al-Jazeera singled out Hani Khalil, an Arab-American who works with the anti-war paper War Times. Khalil, who was put forward by United for Peace and Justice to give an Arab-American face to the protests to a worldwide audience, has written that, “The antiwar movements of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s were able to end or seriously hinder U.S.-sponsored wars in Vietnam, Central America, and elsewhere. Though we face unique challenges, we have the same responsibility – and ability – today.”

In other words, they want America defeated in Iraq. That’s Al-Jazeera’s goal as well.

Al-Jazeera at Fort Riley 16 Jan 2007

Â

Danny Schechter of media channel.org laments that too few foreign propaganda channels, such as Al-Jazeera English, were at the recently concluded National Conference for Media Reform. He asks,“Why no presence from the Al Jazeera English Channel that can’t get on the air in the US?” Maybe it’s because Al-Jazeera English correspondent Josh Rushing, a former Marine who looks like a PLO terrorist on his personal website, was busy elsewhere. He’s reportedly visiting Fort Riley, Kansas, doing a story about U.S. troops training Iraqis.

Can someone tell me why Al-Jazeera has been given access to that U.S. military base? What do mediachannel.org and the Free Press organizers of the media reform conference have in common? They’ve both been funded by George Soros.

Was Al-Jazeera Behind Leak of Saddam Hanging Video? 4 Jan 2007

How did cell phone video footage of Saddam’s execution appear on Al-Jazeera television just hours after Saddam was hanged?

AP said the “leaked” video showed the former dictator being “taunted” near the end, with some witnesses shouting “Go to hell!” before he dropped through the gallows floor in a noose. The video has been exploitedby Al-Jazeera. But who “leaked” it? CNN is reporting that an Iraqi official claims that Al-Jazeera itself was behind the leak, having recruited somebody to record the execution, for the obvious purpose of exploiting the scene in order to undermine the Iraqi government and its American backers. So Al-Jazeera leaked the video to itself! Not surprisingly, Al-Jazeera is denying the charge. But an Al-Jazeera role in obtaining, even recording, the video, makes sense, in terms of how quickly the terror TV channel was able to exploit it. As various news reports pointed out, Al-Jazeera was the first channel to air the footage.

If the charge stands up, it add to the case AIM has made that that Al-Jazeera has been a consistent supporter of the Saddam regime and its remnants, now waging a terrorist war against the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.

Â

Al-Jazeera English: “Propaganda for America’s Enemies.” 4 Jan 2007

The Weekly Standard has taken note of our criticism of the new channel. In an article,Louis Wittig finds Al-Jazeera English (AJE) guilty of airing ”deceptive and terrorist-promoting segments.”

One example: “ON ONE OF THE DAYS I was watching, the London desk had breaking news from Gaza. A hundred-plus Hamas gunmen had formed a human shield around their leader’s house to ward off an Israeli air strike. This began a string of short reports on recent events in the Strip: The U.N. Assembly had voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel; accompanying footage showed Palestinian bodies. The next item was Israel’s bombing of a building that housed (AJE authoritatively asserted) a charity. The broadcast made no mention either of what the Israelis believed the building contained or why the Israelis were attacking in Gaza in the first place.”

Another is one that we have noted: a glorified reportabout the terrorist Islamic Army of Iraq. Wittig explains: “AJE aired a short segment on the Islamic Army of Iraq. The publicity video showed disciplined rows of masked men drilling: bursting out from the cover of tall reeds and scanning the horizon with their AK-47s. An off-camera voice described how they fight all foreigners. Their tactics of kidnapping and releasing ‘grisly videos’ were noted as ‘effective intimidation technique[s].’ A group spokesman, his face obscured, gave a boasting quote but doesn't field any questions.”

Wittig concludes that,  ”If this isn’t propaganda for America’s enemies, that’s only because the definition of propaganda in today’s constantly shifting media environment isn’t perfectly clear.”

He adds:

“AJE supporters try to claim that the new network is independent from the original Al Jazeera. But as Cliff Kincaid, of Accuracy in Media, notes, both Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English are funded directly by the emir of Qatar, and three of the four top managers at the English-language channel come from the Arabic one.

Quoting lga1965:

 

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" ?

 


 



katy_kay08
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:38 PM
2 moms liked this

Sale of Current TV may be a win-win

Gary Wasserman teaches government at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

The announcement that al-Jazeera is buying Al Gore’s Current TV network can be expected to run into what pundits call “a serious image problem.” Allowing the Qatar-based, Arab-owned network to be seen in 40 million U.S. households may be more than our fragile citizenry can bear.

With its alleged positions against U.S. foreign policies and wars, al-Jazeera is just too “left” to be allowed access to our fearful public.


Has anyone noticed that much of the world is “left” of the United States?

Because of my occasional appearances on al-Jazeera news shows, and having written opinion pieces for its Web site, I can be accused of knowing on which side my pita is being buttered. Fair enough. And my experiences with al-Jazeera will only confirm the obvious. In its selection of stories and editorial slants, it is to the left of mainstream American media.

So what?

Al-Jazeera is also an outlet of professional journalists, generally well-informed and seeking to at least appear balanced. No one has ever suggested to me what to say or write. The network may present Arab voices, but its coverage includes more of the world than this parochial image allows. From oppressed native tribes in Peru to Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa, al-Jazeera reports undercovered news. Its reporters may be pro-Palestinian, but the network provides a rare platform in a region where Israeli officials and dissenters can both appear.

Looking for objective journalism in an era of 400 channels plus the Internet is looking backward to the bygone ideals of three national networks and Uncle Walter. Seeking the widest, most diverse sources for views of the world seems a more realistic goal for American media.

My own opinions may be shaped by experiences with al-Jazeera’s English-language channel. The Arabic part of the network has a separate staff, housed in more modest quarters across the street in Doha from the English channel. And in my few appearances on the Arabic channel, the editorial slant seemed a bit different.

Whether I was invited to comment on congressional elections, global warming or race relations, the questions inevitably veered toward the pro-Israel lobby. As in, after a few questions on the scheduled topic, something like: “Interesting point about liberalizing relations with Cuba, and how does that affect the Israel lobby?”

Obsessed? A bit. But perhaps we should wait for Chuck Hagel to actually be nominated as secretary of defense before we write off this view of the power of the pro-Israel lobby as completely delusional.

al-Jazeera will be running its American operation under a separate U.S.-based news channel with its own staff, which shows recognition of the issue of bias. Much of the paranoia about al-Jazeera rests on a somewhat antiquated notion of media ownership. While any of us writing about media will occasionally fall back on the vision of the willful reactionary owner (read: Rupert Murdoch) controlling the direction of his empire, the reality is more complicated. Reporters, editors, advertisers, sources, competitors, corporate strategists and even the audience shape the content of modern media. Bringing al-Jazeera to more of America may also mean bringing more of America to al-Jazeera.

There may be winners on both sides. We Americans do brag about our marketplace of ideas. The U.S. audience may gain access to the perspectives of a respected international network covering stories from regions of the world — sub-Saharan Africa, the various -stans and South Asia — that our national media has largely ignored. Al-Jazeera may gain insights into people that are far more diverse, engaged and welcoming than many of the images it broadcasts abroad.

Those still stridently opposing this alien investment in our homeland might remember the words of the great media strategist Lyndon Johnson. When asked why he had brought a longtime political antagonist into his camp, he replied: “Better to have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.”

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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 I am not sure how anyone could support a network that makes some of the questionable broadcasts they do.  But hey....I still haven't figured our why any sane person would watch Rachel Maddow.

 

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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Quoting yourspecialkid:

 I am not sure how anyone could support a network that makes some of the questionable broadcasts they do.  But hey....I still haven't figured our why any sane person would watch Rachel Maddow.

 

I feel that way about Fox.

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