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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
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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Because its one of the few places you can get real news about what happens overseas... Not half told truths from media outlets paid for by politicians...

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 


Quoting Reepicheep.CSL:

Isn't this the same network the gave Osama Bin Laden air time and aired the beheading of Daniel Pearl? If so, then no, they should not get to be aired in the USA.
Everything I have ever read about the network is that it is anti American. Why should we support them?

 Yep same ones..


Better question is why would anyone in America WANT to watch them? 

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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

 

Quoting muslimahpj:


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.

 Ok...goody for ya??

 

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM
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Quoting yourspecialkid:

 

Quoting muslimahpj:


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.

 Ok...goody for ya??

 

Yep

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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Your proof is from a Blog... Really?

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







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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" ?


 

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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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Watch it, you will be called a terrorist supporter like me. LOL

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Your proof is from a Blog... Really?

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 4:51 PM
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getting news from outside the United States on international matters?!  That's just pure crazy talk.  Fox news gives us everything we need and more!

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Because its one of the few places you can get real news about what happens overseas... Not half told truths from media outlets paid for by politicians...

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 


Quoting Reepicheep.CSL:

Isn't this the same network the gave Osama Bin Laden air time and aired the beheading of Daniel Pearl? If so, then no, they should not get to be aired in the USA.
Everything I have ever read about the network is that it is anti American. Why should we support them?

 Yep same ones..


Better question is why would anyone in America WANT to watch them? 

;) 

Aivlys_
by Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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Eh.... It doesn't bother me, its just like watching Fox or msnbc, I prefer unbiased news, so I will always go outside of our US "news" channels for unbiased NEWS and opinions!
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darlingdaisy
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM
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Spanish judge orders Al-Jazeera reporter to jail

MAR ROMAN, Associated Press Writer

 

Thursday, September 11, 2003

 

 

(09-11) 09:27 PDT MADRID, Spain (AP) --

A Spanish judge formally charged a top reporter for Al-Jazeera on Thursday with being a member of al-Qaida, saying he helped with "support, financing and coordination" for the terrorist network.

Investigating judge Baltasar Garzon charged Tayssir Alouni, 48, with membership in an armed group and ordered him held in the high-security Soto del Real prison near Madrid after a 72-hour extension of his arrest expired, the National Court said. Alouni was not present during the hearing.

"Removed from his work as a journalist but taking advantage of it he carries out support, financing and coordination, which are the characteristics of a qualified militant of the organization," Garzon's statement read.

The charge will be followed by a more detailed indictment. In the Spanish legal system, investigating judges issue the indictments against defendants, who then go to a full trial.

Alouni's wife, Fatima Zohra Hamed Layesi, burst into tears upon learning the news.

Alouni is a well-known war correspondent in the Mideast for the Qatar-based Arabic satellite television network. He was the Kabul correspondent for Al-Jazeera during the Afghanistan war, and one of the only journalists allowed by the hardline Taliban regime to operate from the areas in its control.

 

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM
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Link to original source?

What was the outcome? It says after the charge a more thorough investigation will follow. Was he released? Found guilty?

Quoting darlingdaisy:

 


Spanish judge orders Al-Jazeera reporter to jail

MAR ROMAN, Associated Press Writer


Thursday, September 11, 2003





(09-11) 09:27 PDT MADRID, Spain (AP) --

A Spanish judge formally charged a top reporter for Al-Jazeera on Thursday with being a member of al-Qaida, saying he helped with "support, financing and coordination" for the terrorist network.

Investigating judge Baltasar Garzon charged Tayssir Alouni, 48, with membership in an armed group and ordered him held in the high-security Soto del Real prison near Madrid after a 72-hour extension of his arrest expired, the National Court said. Alouni was not present during the hearing.

"Removed from his work as a journalist but taking advantage of it he carries out support, financing and coordination, which are the characteristics of a qualified militant of the organization," Garzon's statement read.

The charge will be followed by a more detailed indictment. In the Spanish legal system, investigating judges issue the indictments against defendants, who then go to a full trial.

Alouni's wife, Fatima Zohra Hamed Layesi, burst into tears upon learning the news.

Alouni is a well-known war correspondent in the Mideast for the Qatar-based Arabic satellite television network. He was the Kabul correspondent for Al-Jazeera during the Afghanistan war, and one of the only journalists allowed by the hardline Taliban regime to operate from the areas in its control.



Aivlys_
by Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM
Now that is interesting.........


Quoting darlingdaisy:

 

 


Spanish judge orders Al-Jazeera reporter to jail


MAR ROMAN, Associated Press Writer

 


Thursday, September 11, 2003

 












 


(09-11) 09:27 PDT MADRID, Spain (AP) --

A Spanish judge formally charged a top reporter for Al-Jazeera on Thursday with being a member of al-Qaida, saying he helped with "support, financing and coordination" for the terrorist network.

Investigating judge Baltasar Garzon charged Tayssir Alouni, 48, with membership in an armed group and ordered him held in the high-security Soto del Real prison near Madrid after a 72-hour extension of his arrest expired, the National Court said. Alouni was not present during the hearing.

"Removed from his work as a journalist but taking advantage of it he carries out support, financing and coordination, which are the characteristics of a qualified militant of the organization," Garzon's statement read.

The charge will be followed by a more detailed indictment. In the Spanish legal system, investigating judges issue the indictments against defendants, who then go to a full trial.

Alouni's wife, Fatima Zohra Hamed Layesi, burst into tears upon learning the news.

Alouni is a well-known war correspondent in the Mideast for the Qatar-based Arabic satellite television network. He was the Kabul correspondent for Al-Jazeera during the Afghanistan war, and one of the only journalists allowed by the hardline Taliban regime to operate from the areas in its control.

 


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