Accuracy in Media

Anti-Al Jazeera posters have recently appeared in Egypt saying, “A bullet kills a man, a lying camera kills a nation.” This attitude led to the new government closing the channel, after 22 staffers quit in disgust over its pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias.

Al Jazeera is the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group now laying siege to Egypt and burning Christian churches there.

On Sunday, CNN’s media criticism show “Reliable Sources” featured a discussion of the launch of Al Jazeera America. While Egyptian Christian churches burn because of what the channel has done there, Al Jazeera America was given a warm welcome not only by the American media, but also by the Congress of the United States. This show was no exception.

A good guest would have been Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). He told AIM, “One thing I can tell: concerning events in Egypt, Al Jazeera has willfully been manipulating truth to the favor of the Brotherhood—even sometimes portraying the very large masses of anti-Morsi protesters as pro-Morsi protesters, and lots of other distortions that violate any code of journalistic [ethics].”

Instead, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” guest host Joanne Lipman invited Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post and Edward Felsenthal of to discuss the channel. They never once mentioned the words “Muslim Brotherhood.”

Another taboo topic: Al Jazeera’s lobbyists have worked their will on Capitol Hill, pressuring Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, not to open hearings into the channel. The emir of Qatar is throwing millions of oil dollars around on Capitol Hill and in the Washington, D.C. area on behalf of his new toy. This is a non-story for most of the U.S. media.

We have come to expect politicians selling out, but the media should tell the truth about the payoffs that have greased the skids for Al Jazeera America.

John Siegenthaler, David Shuster, Soledad O’Brien, Antonio Mora, Joie Chen, Michael Viqueira and Ali Velshi are among the media personalities accepting money from the channel once known as the voice of Osama bin Laden. They are being touted by publications such as Politico as media trailblazers bringing much-needed news and information to a hungry American audience.

One of the most blatant examples of media manipulation, in order to mask the channel’s terrorist roots, is adding “America” to its name in order to confuse viewers. It is still funded by the Jihadist-supporting dictatorial regime of Qatar, which sheltered bin Laden lieutenant and 9/11 mastermind  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before he went to Pakistan and cut journalist Daniel Pearl’s head off.

The Sunday show was an opportunity for “Reliable Sources” to provide much-needed scrutiny of the new channel. Instead, it offered a superficial and uninformed analysis that was almost laughable.

The show was bad enough with Howard Kurtz as moderator, but this new program demonstrated that, if possible, it’s even worse without him. Lipman, the guest host, is a former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

One guest, Michael Calderone, represents The Huffington Post, which reprints material from Al Jazeera, such as the notorious “The Gentle Face of al Qaeda” piece about the terrorists in Mali. The publication even hired a former Al Jazeera employee, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, who says it is his job to “humanize” the Palestinians.

Calderone commented, “…even though the Qatar government says they don’t own Al Jazeera, a lot of people see Al Jazeera Arabic or Al Jazeera—even Al Jazeera English, probably more the Arabic network or the 24-hour network in Egypt as, you know, following along the point of view of the government in Qatar.”

No kidding. The State Department itself says Qatar runs the channel, in addition to financing it. So the idea that the regime “says they don’t own Al Jazeera” is simply a lie. It would be nice if he had pointed that out.

Lipman skirted close to one of the taboo topics, wondering “…is there any example of Al Jazeera somewhere else in the world where they are producing this kind of unbiased news? I know many other places in the world they have been accused of bias. And, in fact, in Egypt, they were just shut down by security forces because they were perceived as being too close to the Morsi regime.”

This was a perfect opening to discuss Al Jazeera’s domination by the Muslim Brotherhood, but nobody went into it.

Felsenthal wondered if the emir of Qatar, the big boss of the channel, “will eventually get tired of supporting a thousand employees if the ratings don’t support it.” He went on to say that he thought “they seem to be aiming big and broad—in a sense almost disowning their roots.”

So what are their roots? The Muslim Brotherhood.

The attempt to “disown” their roots was also tried in the case of Al Jazeera English. Dave Marash had assured me the new channel would be independent of the regime paying the bills. He later quit in disgust over its bias.

Marash was one of the Western faces picked to make that version of the channel appear to be something it is not. The same process is underway with Al Jazeera America. Americans, not Arabs or Muslims, will be delivering most of the news on the new channel.

Since the Marash fiasco, the English version of the channel was widely condemned for ignoring the sexual assault on CBS News correspondent Lara Logan during the revolution that brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

The cover-up demonstrated that the channel never changes in its substance and core; it reflects the views of the Muslim Brotherhood and its sponsoring regime in Qatar.

The coverage suggests that many in the American media want to be fooled; perhaps they are auditioning for more high-paying jobs at the channel.

Whatever the case, it is a new low point for American journalism.

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  • Christian

    This is silly. Al Jazeera is the MOST unbiased, high quality news coverage available in the United States today.

  • terryk

    Funny, I thought Cliff Kincaid’s anti-gay rants were the low point for American journalism.

  • Professor Who

    CNN’s reporting failed to mention the burning of 50 Coptic churches for three days and portrayed a “military coup” suppressing “protest,” despite the fact that the protesters were shooting police and burning the whole nation of Egypt down. Their reporting for three days was indistinguishable from what the reporters resigned from Al Jazeera about, and now CNN is scapegoating AJ? The pot calls the kettle black. The best coverage of the church burnings during the first three days was RT. I googled for reports respectively from CNN, CBS, ABC, and CBS for the first three days and found not a single mention of the destruction of Coptic churches in many major cities of Egypt. This is morally indistinguishable from other historical examples of holocaust denial pure and simple. The majors only reported well after it was all over the internet. Fox, not necessarily my favorite broadcaster, was an exception in its mention of the Copts earlier than the rest of the majors who gave us day after day of silence. The stories we hear in Western media are pablum consistent with whatever metanarrative of the day is being pushed, and CNN is just as bad as Al Jazeera for the first three days of this crisis. Google 450 Kurds killed in Syria and you will see the same disparity in the failure of Western reporting of a major holocaust this week -business as usual, while they like hypocrits scapegoat Al Jazeera for what seems to be standard praxis in their own boardrooms. CNN is about as informative and palatable as a glass of spit IMHO. Look across boarders if you want to know what is going on in the Middle East.

  • TMZ2

    Benghazi was a low point for America. Funny that.

  • TMZ2

    Leftist junk.

  • TMZ2

    One America News is tons better than Al Jihad TV. Also BBC World News is
    good too as is Sky News. I also watch Fox News some and The Blaze
    along with PJTV. But no Al Jihad TV. Al Jihad has Soledad O’Brian and
    David Shuster and other idiots.

  • Christian

    If by leftist you mean unbiased.

    I’m a conservative.

    I believe in separation of Church and State because it’s important, and our founding fathers made that very clear.

    I own guns.

    I believe in a non-aggressive foreign policy because it will minimize the deficit and maximize a stable at-home economy that doesn’t revolve around instigating wars for a shot in the arm to create government jobs.

    I voted for Mitt Romney in the 2008 primary and Ron Paul in the general election because John McCain doesn’t know what “foreign policy” or “non-aggressive” or “balancing a budget” means.

    All of this has nothing to do with news. It should have nothing to do with news.

    CNN is full of ignorant leftists, Fox News likewise leans far, FAR into the ignorant zone of the right side of things.

    The leadership of Al Jazeera had a bias towards the Muslim Brotherhood. No one denies that. The difference between Al Jazeera vs. FOX & CNN is that THEY LIMITED THE BIAS SO IT DOESN’T RUIN THE COVERAGE.

    You have no basis for your ignorant, silly comment.

    Go to Al Jazeera’s website, read their coverage of the recent presidential election, it’s much better than anyone you listed below. Less biased than the BBC, and the BBC was my preferred news source when I lived outside of the U.S.

  • Christian

    One America News’ website doesn’t even give important placement to the Egyptian conflict. Looks pretty worthless to me.

  • stevor

    o’bama, hitlery and Al-the-Bore are all fans of the brotherhood

  • TopAssistant

    I asked RINO Sen. Burr (R-NC), Sen. Blunt (D-MO) and Senate Democrats Sen. McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Hagan (D-NC) a question about the Muslim Brotherhood in America and the plan they wrote to destroy us and the Western world in their quest to form a global Caliphate. I also asked Rep. Price (D-NC) and Rep. Hartzler (R-MO) this question and they all will not respond! Why? Their plan is real! Please go online to Amazon and for only $5.00, you can buy the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan to destroy America: An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America (Center for Security Policy Archival Series) [Paperback] Mohamed Akram (Author), David Reaboi (Author), Frank J Gaffney Jr (Preface)

    OR, you can view it online a: I started asking my local (town/city),
    county council, state and national House and Senate representatives this
    question: Is the Muslim Brotherhood in America our friend or foe? Please
    provide me with link(s) to support your views.

    How can our politicians allow Shariah/Islamic law into the United States without first studying it? What you are seeing in Egypt, Syria, and Libya and around the world will come to our shores! Oh, excuse me, it already has and our politicians encourage it!
    Who said this, to whom, when, why and what have we ever done about it? Would you consider this statement to be contrary to our Constitution, our way of life, a danger to our National/Homeland Security and the preservation of our Constitution? Would you think these are words of an enemy? Surely, both the House and Senate studied this but where are the reports?
    “The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their
    prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not
    have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and
    duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every musselman [muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
    This statement was a part of a March 28, 1786, letter from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, the United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Continental Congress, concerning their conversation with the Tripoli
    ambassador as to why his pirates/terrorists hijacked our merchant ships, stole the ships and cargo while holding the sailors for ransom. (Thomas Jefferson. “The Papers of Thomas Jefferson”. Princeton Univ. Press. pp. 9:358.)
    Why are we failing to mention the obvious in the 1786 letter that still exists today? Here are the main points:
    a. “it was founded on the Laws of their prophet”;
    b. “that it was written in their Koran”;
    c. “that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners”;
    d. “that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and”;
    e. “to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and”;
    f. “that every musselman [muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
    Has our government studied this and if they have, where are the published reports?
    See actual letter here:

    This is the typed version:

    Please take the time to read an article by Gerard W. Gawalt, a manuscript specialist for early American history in the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress titled, “America and the Barbary Pirates : An International Battle Against an Unconventional Foe. It can be found at:
    Go online to John Adams Koran: The Koran: commonly called
    the Alcoran of Mohomet (1806). Once on the link, look to the left and link to Read: then to To the Reader and see what he says about Islam. He didn’t think much of it.

  • Guest

    AJA are the best news in the world

  • Richard Hellstrom

    The Muslim Brotherhood news and Al Jazeera is American propaganda.

  • The Major

    That is because Obama IS a muslim

  • Matthew Rensen

    Current TV now Al Jazeera is on Dish Network. I terminated my subscription and I hope others will too. I do support free speech but I cannot support free manipulation of the news to support terrorism.

  • Kafir911

    Great! Time Warner Cable just announced yesterday they’re bringing the fox into the hen house in Maine on January 1st. As an advocate of free speech, I’m torn as to whether or not we should try to ban this idiotic business decision. However, we’ll do our best to affect the sponsors of AJ’s “taqiyya”.