By Kieran Lalor:
Two weeks ago, Al Jazeera America launched, beaming into 48 million homes across the country. The media company that allowed Osama bin Laden to use it as a vehicle to communicate with jihadists around the world is now on your TV screen and you are paying for it. The network pushed its way onto basic cable packages with several providers. If you subscribe to Verizon, Comcast, Dish Network or DirecTV, you are forced to subsidize Al Jazeera’s propaganda as part of your cable bill whether you like it or not.
I represent a district about 70 miles north of where the Twin Towers once stood. Thousands of my constituents commute to Manhattan every day. People from this area perished in the savage attacks of September 11, 2001. Serviceman from our community made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting to prevent another attack. Four Marines I served with left everything they had on the battlefields of Iraq. When constituents contacted my office to express outrage that Al Jazeera America is now part of their basic cable package, I took it very seriously.
We should not have to fund Al Jazeera through our cable bills. Americans do not want to pay for their vile propaganda. I’m launching a petition drive calling on cable companies to drop Al Jazeera from their basic cable packages.
Al Jazeera was founded in 1996 by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and is owned by his government. Some have claimed that Al Jazeera is independent of the dictatorship that runs Qatar. But the emir’s cousin Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani runs the network despite not having a journalism background.
In late 2012 former vice president Al Gore and his partners put their fledgling liberal television network Current TV up for sale. Gore and company accepted Al Jazeera’s offer of a half billion dollars on January 2nd 2013. A spokesman for Gore’s group said they chose Al Jazeera because “Al Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current,” which was “to give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard” and “to speak truth to power.”
Verizon, Comcast, DirecTV and Dish Network already carry Al Jazeera America, and Al Jazeera has plans to force their way onto more cable bills. Time Warner Cable, which carried Current TV, dropped Al Jazeera America. AT &T U-Verse was originally going to carry the network but backed out and is now being sued by Al Jazeera for breach of contract. Cablevision and Cox Communications do not air Al Jazeera America.
My constituents and I are alarmed that as subscribers, we are being forced against our will to pay for a network that is owned by a foreign dictatorship and has a long history of anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and support for Islamic terror.
For example, Al Jazeera America has already run a show about closing Guantanamo, painting terrorists as victims and the US as oppressors. The Arabic Al Jazeera threw a birthday party for terrorist Samir Kuntar, celebrating him as a “pan-Arab hero.” Kuntar murdered an Israeli father and his 4-year-old daughter in their home. The Israeli family’s mother accidentally suffocated their toddler son as she tried to muffle his cries while hiding from Kuntar. Al Jazeera paid for fireworks to celebrate Kuntar’s release from prison. In the days after September 11th, Al Jazeera reported as fact the anti-Semitic lie that Jewish Americans had been told not to come to work at the World Trade Center on 9/11. CNN reportedthat a document found in bin Laden’s compound following his death referenced a meeting with the Al Jazeera bureau chief in Pakistan.
Read more at American Thinker
- The Arrival of Al Jazeera in America (counterjihadreport.com)
- Al Jazeera coming to America: Controversial network ready to hit U.S. TV markets (counterjihadreport.com)
- Al Jazeera America Tanks in Opening Week (freebeacon.com)
- New York Assemblyman to Al Jazeera: Drop Dead (freebeacon.com)