Well it’s been a few days since Current TV became Al Jazeera news, and so far no reports of an intifada or foreign terrorist attack on the homeland, nor have there been any reports of clever subliminal messaging embedded in the sneakily intelligent programming designed to make us all praise Allah against our feeble Christian wills which, as we all know, are no match for a determined Muslim onslaught.
Nope. So far it is All Quiet on the Red White and Blue Western Front. Quite frankly, Uncle Sam appears suspiciously bored by it all. Then again, I suppose I would be bored too if I had been promised the end of western civilization and then all I wound up getting was a news program. A news program where actual news gets reported, and where news is the focus, not grossly overpaid news ‘personalities’. And yet this is still so unbelievably cruel, appealing to our better nature with the lure of intelligent programming. What kind of people would do such a thing? What is their true objective?
From the Washington Post:
Al Jazeera, which is owned by the royal family that rules the oil-rich Arab Gulf nation Qatar, seems to be addressing what it sees as its greatest weakness in the U.S. media market, its foreignness, as well as its greatest strength, its commitment to serious coverage. For the former, it plays up domestic coverage, which is pretty new for the Al Jazeera network. For the latter, it leans on its reputation for foreign coverage, as well as a supporting quote from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who once said, “It is really effective, and in fact viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news.”
So now just because they have the endorsement of a former United States Secretary of State we’re supposed to trust their intentions? What about that royal Arab family connection thing? Gotta be something there, right? Time to dig deeper. Time to seek out the time-tested wisdom of Fox News.
From The Raw Story:
Fox News analyst Jim Pinkerton suggested on Monday that Al Jazeera’s new American television network might have an editorial policy that was supportive of “killing Americans and so on” because he said that was what most Arabs wanted.
In preparation for Al Jazeera America’s Aug. 20 launch, Fox News host Jon Scott noted during a Monday segment that “some charged” that the network’s Middle East counterpart “gave a voice to terrorists.”
“But what about the editorial side of it?” Scott asked Pinkerton. “I mean, Al Jazeera, many people saw it as a mouthpiece for Osama bin Laden because that was the channel that regularly aired his diatribes right after 9/11.”
“Well, I think there’s something to that,” Pinkerton agreed. “But look, they’re an Arab news channel, and let’s face it, many — if not most — Arabs probably support what bin Laden was trying to do in terms of killing Americans and so on. The polls from the Pew Center certainly show that.”
Of course you know, this means war. Dig deep enough, and the dirt will find you.
Keith Owens (AKA Black Liberal Boomer) is a Detroit-based writer who has worked for The Detroit Free Press, Detroit’s alternative newsweekly the Metro Times, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and other newspapers. He was also a nationally syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate for three years beginning in 1993.