Did you hear Secretary Hillary Clinton recently praise Al-Jazeera English as being good and vital journalism? I’m not joking. Now Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, recently told the Atlantic the following:
“I think Al-Jazeera has become indispensable. There’s a big difference between Al-Jazeera overseas and Al-Jazeera English but they are clearly part of the story and I rely on them very heavily, as does the State Department. I think the channel ought to be available more widely in the U.S. given the work they’ve been doing in Tunisia, Libya and certainly Egypt.”
Do you think that Al-Jazeera English should be considered a vital news outlet for news in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt? Do you see hem as being vital to the State Department?
While Al-Jazeera English does water down the anti-Semitic and pro-Jihad programming available on Al-Jazeera Arabic, the channels are owned by the same autocrat, the Emir of Qatar. And the “work” the channel has been doing in countries like Egypt mostly consists of provoking and covering riots and demonstrations. At the same time, the channel played down the role of the demonstrators in assaulting CBS News reporter Lara Logan, who suffered serious injuries.
At the news that Mitchell wants to see the channel’s influence expand, a blogger at www.fireandreamitchell.com commented, “Why am I not surprised? NBC/MSNBC hack Andrea Mitchell loves her Al Jazeera. The anti-America, anti-Semitic network has suddenly become the choice for far left progressive liberals. Hillary Clinton loves Al-Jazeera, Obama and his State Department love the network, why wouldn’t she? NBC is basically an arm of the Obama regime anyway.” …Cliff Kincaid of GOPUSA
Note that Kincaid refers to the Obama administration as a regime. Truly, this administration is more of a dictatorship than a Republic Democracy. If Obama does favor Islam nations, as many suggest, then perhaps his Secretary of State is correct in saying Al-Jazeera English is “clearly part of the story” and that she relies on them very heavily, “as does the State Department”.
Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post is also enthusiastically backing the Arab government-funded network by saying that Al-Jazeera English network is “taking steps to move further into the mainstream U.S. journalistic establishment.”
What riles me about this statement is that Al-Jazeera English has announced a journalism fellowship with Columbia University that will send two graduate students to Doha, Qatar each year. Does this bother you as much as it does me? If it doesn’t, perhaps the following information from Kincaide’s report will change your mind.
Indeed, in what has been described as “the first partnership between Al Jazeera English and a university in the United States,” Nicholas Lemann, Dean of the Columbia Journalism School, said that the journalism fellows will work in the Al-Jazeera English newsroom for 12 weeks, reporting directly to senior members of the news and programming departments. They apparently will be paid by the same regime that finances Al-Jazeera itself.
The announcement makes no mention of the fact that the channel is funded by the regime in Qatar and has developed a reputation over the years as a mouthpiece for terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah.
Lemann is a former correspondent for The Washington Post, while the president of Columbia University, Lee C. Bollinger, is a member of the board of The Washington Post Company.
Calderone adds, “Al Jazeera English doesn’t just want to partner with journalism schools, where a new generation of reporters are honing their craft. It also hopes to become increasingly a part of conversations stateside about the future of the media—whether online, on cable, or on social media platforms. Next month, Al Jazeera English is holding its first U.S. forum, a two-day event at the Newseum. Its topic: ‘The new age of journalism.’”
If this is the case, it would mark a new and radical departure for the Newseum, a privately-funded entity that celebrates the First Amendment and the separation of state and press. By contrast, Al-Jazeera is completely state-funded and refuses to subject its sponsoring regime in Qatar to any serious scrutiny. If this is the model for the “new age of journalism,” news consumers around the world are destined to be the losers. …Cliff Kincaid of GOPUSA
Our youth are being targeted by the “left”, along with every other organization and regime that intends to take down America, who want to change our exceptionalism around the world.
It is up to us as a nation to do our part in educating each other and our youth if we want to remain a free nation and hold firm to our Constitutional Values!!
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Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.