Cliff Kincaid – July 9, 2013
Al Jazeera is under scrutiny for subversion in Egypt, and facing a mutiny from its own reporters over supporting the Muslim Brotherhood there. But The Washington Post assures us in a story that the channel’s official launch in the United States is on August 20, and its coverage, will be different.
Philip Seib, author of The Al Jazeera Effect, is quoted as saying, “I don’t think you’ll see al-Jazeera America touting the Muslim Brotherhood. It will be more like CNN.”
But the foreign owners in Qatar will remain the same, and that is part of the problem. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey has said that Al Jazeera’s purchase of Al Gore’s Current TV should be the subject of a congressional inquiry because of the channel’s foreign sponsorship.
Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, has informed us, in regard to this controversy, “I support your call to investigate the impact of this transaction.” His statement reads as follows:
“A decade of watching over its programs has left me no doubt: Al Jazeera is the main propaganda machine of the Muslim Brotherhood. Posing as a benign alternative communication medium, Al Jazeera choreographs a world stage in which the West is a perennial villain, Hamas is the ultimate role model, and entire societies are dehumanized to a lower form of life, stripped of any mark of dignity or empathy. While refraining from explicit incitement to violence, Al Jazeera weaves the ideological structure and combustible angers from which Jihadi recruits eventually emerge.”
As Accuracy in Media has been reporting for over six years, the anti-American channel works hand-in-glove with the Muslim Brotherhood and its associated terrorist groups, including al Qaeda and Hamas. Nothing has changed. In fact, Al Jazeera has become more open about its work as a foreign policy instrument of Qatar, including the promotion of al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups in Syria.
It is apparent that the Egyptian military and its supporters in the pro-democracy movement didn’t want Egypt to become another Syria.
The Muslim Brotherhood website still carries a story referring to Al Jazeera as “the greatest Arab media organization.” The channel originally made a name for itself by airing al-Qaeda videos, and one of its correspondents was convicted of being an agent of the terrorist group that carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The hit movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” based on the killing of bin Laden, notes that the al-Qaeda leader was tracked down in part by locating a nearby Al Jazeera office that received and aired terrorist videos.
In response to the jailing of Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo after the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, the channel proclaimed, “Regardless of political views, the Egyptian people expect media freedoms to be respected and upheld.”
Broadcaster Jerry Kenney, a leading critic of the Qatar-funded propaganda network, said, “This is hilarious. Media freedoms? Why don’t they allow it in Qatar?” Qatar, which sponsors and funds Al Jazeera, is a dictatorship which jails independent journalists and even poets critical of the regime.
But that doesn’t seem to bother Soledad O’Brien or the other Americans who are going to work for Al Jazeera America. “If you look at what they’re doing at Al Jazeera English: High quality journalism,” she says, oblivious to the fact that while its slant has been watered down somewhat, the channel still has a bias in favor of global jihad.
Read more: Still Time to Stop Al Jazeera America
Florida Family Association has more:
|Democracy and First Amendment champion Newseum to permanently host Al Jazeera America flagship show. Click here to send email to Newseum officials.
The Weekly Standard reports that when Al Jazeera America “goes live later this year, its flagship primetime show, America Tonight, will be broadcast from a studio in Washington’s Newseum…” Unlike many other news organizations that rented temporary studio space at the Newseum, “Al Jazeera will be the only news organization that has a more permanent contract.”
The Newseum is a “250,000-square-foot facility that offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.” The Newseum mission is to “educate the public about the value of a free press.”
The Freedom Forum is the main funder of the Newseum. The heading of the Freedomforum.org web site boasts that it “is a non-partisan foundation that champions the First Amendment as a cornerstone of democracy.”
The Weekly Standard reports “What Al Jazeera most seems to need is credibility.” Al Jazeera is clearly seeking to garner credibility by hosting their flagship show at the Newseum where democracy and the First Amendment are championed.
It is incomprehensible that an organization which boasts a “mission of championing democracy and the First Amendment” would provide credibility to Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera is a news company that is owned by a non-democratic, monarch styled emirate who does not afford citizens freedom of the press, espouses Islamic Sharia law and backs the leader of Hamas.
The Wall Street Journal reports: More due diligence might have included a review of the close journalistic coverage over the years of the Al Jazeera Arabic and English broadcasts, which discloses the unsurprising fact that the network reflects the interests of the government that runs it—making it akin to the Vladimir Putin Russia Today and the Beijing Xinhua. The emir of Qatar, Hamid bin Khalifa Al Thani, appointed his cousin as chairman of Al Jazeera. The emir was last in the news for donating $400 million to Hamas.
Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation. It is applied to aspects of family law, inheritance, and certain criminal acts. Sharia courts were abolished in 2003 but Sharia principles are still applied in matters related to personal status (such as marriage, divorce and child custody). In some cases a woman’s testimony is worth half a man’s and in some cases a female witness is not accepted at all. As of 2005, certain provisions of the Qatari Criminal law permitted punishments such as flogging and stoning to be imposed as criminal sanctions. The UN found that these practices constituted a breach of the obligations imposed by UN Convention. Many provisions of Sharia law are antithetical to the rights afforded under the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Aljazeera.com reports that Qatar supported the April 1, 2013 re-election of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. Khaled Mashaal said that the“Zionists are enemies of Allah and the prophets, and called for preparing to liberate Jerusalem and restore the homeland once more through jihad, the rifle, and self-sacrifice” during a speech in Cairo on October 3, 2012. Khaled Meshaal lives in Qatar.
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