The Al-Jazeera America Network
Al-Jazeera America Network. Anti-Israeli Scholar Stephen Walt. A Marriage made in Hell?
Well, I’m going to try to be fair about this.
Al-Jazeera America Has as it’s First Guest Noted Anti-Israel Scholar Prof. Stephen Walt. They are making Fox News look Fair and Balanced.
I Have a Point of View on This
First, let me say, I have a point of view on this. And that is, that we are not merely in a land air and sea war with Al-Qaeda and the people who brought about 9/11, but also with the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Shi’ite Islamists who brought about the Iranian Revolution and took our American diplomats hostage back in 1979 and insulted America so badly that Jimmy Carter was hounded from office, with Hamas and other radical organizations funded by the Iranians, with a nuclear Iran, with the forces which destabilized Lebanon and killed our Marines back in the 1980s, and with those who are our enemies now in Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, and anywhere in the Middle East, who do not UNQUESTIONINGLY SUPPORT US POLICY.
Al-Jazeera is arabic for “the island” or “the peninsula,” referring to the Arabian Peninsula, where the holy cities of Islam, Mecca and Media are located. The Title of the Network is clearly aRELIGIOUS reference to Islam and/or a POLITICAL reference to pan-Arabism. Or Both. Yes, they know Semiotics, Derrida and Symbolism in the Middle East.
Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose
If this were World War II, would the FCC allow Tokyo Rose or Axis Sally to have a Radio Network in the United States? or a TV Network, if there were TV in 1942? I should think not.
Al Jazeera Arabic Has a Track Record of Anti-Semitism and Hate Speech
“The most troubling thing is that it has to be admitted from the outset that Al Jazeera in Arabic carries a lot of what we would call hate speech,” he concedes. Perhaps he is thinking of a 2000 appearance by the mufti who said “there can be no peace with the Jews because they suck and use the blood of Arabs on the holidays of Passover and Purim.” Or maybe he is referring to the on-air comments of Samir Ubeid, “an Iraqi researcher,” who charged last October that Nobel Prizes encourage Muslims to commit heresy. Noting that the awards have gone to 167 Jews and only four Arabs (all of whom, including Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, he dubbed “traitors”), Ubeid darkly warned that “the prize stems from the core of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
The network whose broadcasts have been called “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable” and “perfectly willing to lie to the world” by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The network that Middle East Forum Director Daniel Pipes has described as “Islamist, anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist.” The network whose Baghdad bureau was bombed by the United States early in the Iraq war. Many Americans would just as soon see a permanent glitch knock the new network off the air altogether.
Make sure you read that again. The Baghdad bureau of Al-Jazeera was targeted for bombing by the United States during the Iraqi War. They were considered the Enemy, and an Enemy Combatant.
How have we arrived, eleven years later, to having the enemy in our midst, broadcasting to our children, on cable TV?
The Thesis – The FCC Should Do Its Job
The express thesis of this article is that:
1) The FCC should ban Al-Jazeera Media Network and Al-Jazeera America from the American Airwaves;
2) All cable companies in the US should not carry these networks on their standard programming packages;
3) The FCC should regulate their content for speech content;
4) The FCC and Homeland Security, the FBI and CIA should closely monitor the ties between AJMN, AJA and known terrorists and known enemies of the United States.
Who Are These Guys?
Al-Jazeera Media Network (“AJMN”) is allegedly a private network owned in Qatar, and Al-Jazeera America (“AJA”) is allegedly an american cable network launced by AJMN out of Qatar with American offices.
It should be further noted that the seed money for AJMN was @$350 million dollars from the Sheikh of Qatar back in the 1990s; the original company was public; but after it was succesful, it went private, so it files no public 10Ks or 10Qs with any securities regulatory agency of any kind. We really can’t find out about their ownership. They own subsidiary broadcasting companies in the Balkans, in Turkey, in Europe, and now, in America.
If you flipped the Radio Free Europe operation inside out, you’d have AJMN–it’s essentially a widespread operation meant to convey not just arab language programming, but a point of view–a pan-Arabist and pan-Islamic point of view–worldwide. Just as Radio Free Europe was meant to convey the American view of pan-worldwide democracy and pan-worldwide freedom and capitalism.
We’re going to lose this battle, because our programming is not ideological, and it’s not religious. It does not focus on the values of our forms of worship, our freedom to worship, our freedoms in general, or on the defects of Arabic customs and rule–their lack of freedoms for women, for christians, for jews, for anyone who is different or who is not an islamic male.
These are fundamentally clashing views of civilization, to paraphrase the late Prof. Samuel S. Huntinton.
Does AJMN or AJA have Ties to Terrorists?
Having said that, I find it hard to believe that none of the 900 employees or any of the on air talent at AJA and at AJMN, their holding company, has absolutely no ties at all to any known terrorists or known enemies of the united states, and the notion that they are an impartial news organization as opposed to a fifth column working against the national interests of the United States has to be seriously questioned.
Certainly it is the duty of the FCC and Homeland Security, the FBI and CIA to investigate this matter.
After all, they are monitoring every email and every phone call in the entire US looking for this very thing.
How about monitoring the one broadcast network in the world we KNOW has a point of view potentially antagonistic to the US of A? and which routinely puts known terrorists, hatemongers, anti-semites and crazy terrorists on their affliated networks routinely? How about monitoring them instead of invading the privacy of people who have done nothing wrong?
How Al Gore Created Al-Jazeera America and Made a Small Fortune For Himself and His Two Partners in the Process
As a parenthetical note, AJMN created AJA by purchasing a controlling interest in the Current TV Network, in which Al Gore had a controlling share. That network was failing, losing money, failing badly. No one was watching them, they were losing money, and their roster of talent consisted of newscasters who had been fired by CNN, MSNBC or FOX that no one else wanted or needed. If you were on Current, well, you had reached the end of the line. Or worse.
The main shareholders in Current were Al Gore, Joel Hyatt and Ronald Burkle. Current TV was notorious for two things: 1) they had two journalists captured in North Korea in 2009-2010, who were eventually released and pardoned due to intervention by Bill Clinton (the network did nearly nothing for them) and 2) hiring Keith Olbermann when no one else would.
The North Korea incident was a debacle. Al Gore let two of his journalists rot in a North Korean jail for months because he did not want to offend the North Koreans. A real journalism company would have come in, sending lawyers guns and money to get those guys out, come hell or high water. Gore just sat back and let former President Bill Clinton do all the heavy lifting, and it was done diplomatically, so Gore’s consulting and VC practices would not be affected.
Allegedly, Gore, Hyatt and Burkle were paid a cool $500 Million ($500,000,000) by AJMN for their rights to Current TV, a cable network that had virtually no viewers and was bleeding cash from every orifice conceivable. Obviously, AJMN overpaid because no one else was willing to sell to an Arab-based media company, except of course, Al Gore.
Al Gore, Shame on You
Al Gore, shame on you. You placed money ahead of your country. It’s a good thing the Supreme Court made George W. Bush President instead of you, because in light of this transaction, the fact that you divorced your loyal wife Tipper, and other disgraceful acts, we see that you are not the person of character that we thought you were. And you walked away with at least a hundred million dollars. More bling for those young girls you’re seeing over in the West Coast.
It’s not like Al hangs out in Tennessee anymore. If he’d of carried Tennessee in the 2000 election, of course, he would not have needed Florida. But his own state and his own people rejected him. This is the same guy who finished third behind Mike Dukakis and Jesse Jackson in the Super Tuesday Southern States Primary back in 1988. Third in the South. In a Democratic primary.
Current TV – No One Staying for AJA
If you look at who’s staying and who’s going from the current TV roster, Cenk Uygur, who is Turkish, was about the only noted commentator who really expressed an interest in hanging around with AJA. He’s been fairly impartial, but on the other hand, we don’t know where his views might go if he’s on Arab-owned network that is Muslim-owned and operated.
The Aquisition from Gore
On January 2, 2013, Al Jazeera Media Network
announced that it had purchased Current Media, LLC and would be closing down the Current TV channel while launching a new American news channel titled Al Jazeera America
using its distribution network.
Prior to the sale, it was believed that Al Gore and Joel Hyatt each owned approximately twenty percent of Current Media, business magnate Ronald Burkle
owned about twenty-five percent, andComcast
each owned more than five percent. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.
According to Forbes
and The New York Times
, the purchase was about $500 million USD.
The purchase by Al Jazeera occurred after an attempt by TheBlaze
to purchase the media company was rejected in 2012.
Immediately after the announcement, Time Warner Cable
, which broadcasts Current TV to nine million American homes, announced that it would be dropping the channel,
but stated that it would consider airing Al Jazeera America.
It was previously reported in April 2012 that Time Warner had been considering dropping the channel due to ratings.
Al Jazeera America is still expected to replace Current TV on Comcast
, Dish Network
Defending his decision, Current TV chairman Al Gore
wrote: “I am incredibly proud of what Current has been able to accomplish. But broadcast media is a business, and being an independent content producer in a time of increasing consolidation is a challenge.”
In a news release, Al Jazeera Director General Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani said, “By acquiring Current TV, Al Jazeera will significantly expand our existing distribution footprint in the U.S., as well as increase our newsgathering and reporting efforts in America […] We look forward to working together with our new cable and satellite partners to serve our new audiences across the U.S.”
The Al Jazeera network also expects to increase its U.S. based staff to a total of more than 300 employees and retain most of Current’s staff.
In addition to ending the Current TV channel, Al Jazeera announced it was scrapping the channel’s programming lineup, as well as its brand.
On January 2, Cenk Uygur, host of the weekday Young Turks with Cenk Uygur
, stated that the Current TV show would continue for at least three months and he is open to staying with the new network.
That same day, Jennifer Granholm
, host of The War Room with Jennifer Granholm
, announced that she would leave the channel as a result of the acquisition,
as did Gavin Newsom
, host of The Gavin Newsom Show
, who was reported to have planned on leaving the network earlier.
On Sunday, January 6, Eliot Spitzer
announced that he had left the network and his weekday show Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer
It was announced in an article in Politico that Bill Press doesn’t expect to continue his show with Al Jazeera once the change officially takes place. Press also doesn’t expect Stephanie Miller to continue her show on Al Jazeera, but Cenk Uygur wanted to continue with Al Jazeera if given the chance. Later in a Los Angeles Times
interview Uygur remarked about the loss of the television show that he feels “relieved” that he can move on and focus on his web show and site and that he “was exhausted from doing the two shows at once,” also that “The future is overwhelmingly online” and he is excited to turn his energies there. It was also mentioned that after the acquisition of Current, he had brief talks with Al Jazeera America about whether there would be a place for him and the show, but both sides agreed that Uygur, known for political rants, would not fit well with the company’s plans to build a news source with a more neutral tone.
Press said he would look for TV coverage to replace Current but expected having trouble finding a replacement.
On August, 1st, Press announced that his show’s simulcast would move to Free Speech TV
on September 3rd, 2013.
In a 22 January article in Politico, Al Jazeera spokesman Stan Collender said the network’s launch would be pushed back to within six months, and would create “multiple hundreds of new jobs” and new bureaus around the country. They announced the hiring of 105 total jobs for the new network, with 98 in New York and seven in Washington D.C.
On July 3, 2013 Ali Velshi
announced on his Twitter account that the network would replace Current on August 20, 2013.
The final item to air on Current TV, before the debut of Al Jazeera America, was a short VC2 documentary titled “Jumper”. “Jumper” was the first program to air after Current TV’s launch on August 1, 2005, thus “bookending” the network.
Is this an opinion or is there evidence?
One of the main root elements of American Foreign Policy, and indeed, one of the bedrocks of the United Nations, since 1948, has been the independence and existence of Israel as a sovereign people and a sovereign state.
And yet, as their very first interview, AJA chose to interview none other than STEPHEN WALT, one of the most ardent anti-Israeli authors and speakers.
Profs Walt and Mearshimer, the Authors of “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy” 2006, an Anti-Israeli Book. Prof. Walt’s views have grown increasingly anti-semitic and anti-Israeli, and he was Al-Jazeera America’s first interview guest.
Even though Prof. Walt is a professor at Harvard, he is notorious for having written a book in 2006 entitled “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy” which was highly critical of Israel and the pro-Israel lobby in the United States.
Walt has been described as an “ultra-Nixonian realist” by no less than the New Republic, meaning that he would willingly sacrifice Israel, the Israeli people, and the Israeli State, just to placate the Arab States and assure America’s flow of oil.
Prof. Walt does not believe in human rights, in the right of the Israeli people to exist, and does not believe in their divine right to be in the Holy Land as the Chosen People of God. Quite the opposite, he wishes to expel and destroy our only ally in the region and replace them with our enemies.
Prof. Walt is a superb example of what too much thinking and not enough experience will lead a man with too much academic time on his hands–to absurd and ridiculous conclusions.
For after all, good men can allow evil to triumph, if they simply do nothing at all.
Osama Bin Laden, before his death, endorsed Prof. Walt’s book in one of his tapes to his followers, saying it was required reading for all on how the Zionists had influenced American Policy against the righteous Arab Peoples. Prof. Walt compounded this by actually seeming to endorse the endorsement of bin Laden, America’s #1 enemy:
Osama bin Laden
, the leader of al-Qaeda
and self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks
recommended the book in one of his audiotapes, saying that “after you read the suggested book[s], you will know the truth, and you will be greatly shocked by the scale of concealment that has been exercised on you.”
In response to queries from friends as to how he felt having bin Laden endorse his book, Stephen Walt responded that he did not feel the same gratification he felt when others recommended the book “given what bin Laden has done in the past and given what he stands for.”
Walt then conjectured that Bin Laden’s endorsed the book “because he understands — along with plenty of other people — that the combination of unconditional U.S. support for Israel and Israel’s brutal treatment of the Palestinians is a source of great resentment in the Arab and Islamic world. This is hardly an original insight on his part either.”
Walt added, “Ironically, bin Laden’s ‘endorsement’ of our book could even be a self-defeating gesture. If enough people were to read our book and U.S. policy were to evolve in the manner we recommend, bin Laden’s call to arms would fall on deaf ears and he’d become even more irrelevant than he is today”
“Walt’s response gets really good when he then goes so far as to suggest that Osama’s embrace of his book only proves his point that the Israel lobby … is used as a justification by terrorists. Blind to the irony all his book did was weave precisely the kind of fabric of partial truths and old biases that are used to dress up the hatreds of demagogues everywhere, Walt actually has the chutzpah to try use the news that the most evil man in the world is reading his work as a soap box from which to once again sell his argument (and books).”
The newly launched television news network Al-Jazeera America
, which has stated that it aims to present more objective coverage than its Middle Eastern counterpart, featured noted anti-Israel author Stephen Walt as its first guest.
Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard University, gained notoriety for co-authoring the controversial book “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” which uses long-held anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of Jewish manipulation to allege that pro-Israel Americans manipulate U.S. policy to serve Israel’s selfish interests.
In his interview
on Al-Jazeera America
posted on YouTube by the Washington Free Beacon
, Walt was critical of Egypt’s past and current rulers—Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military—calling them all “stupid.” He concluded his interview by noting that the U.S. provides military aid to Egypt mainly to protect Israel.
Al-Jazeera America is a new venture by the Qatar-based television network Al-Jazeera. In January, Al-Jazeera announced it had purchased former Vice President Al Gore’s strugglingCurrent TV to serve as a distribution network for its foray into the American media.
But some have been openly critical of the new network’s ties to the government of Qatar.
“To Americans, Al-Jazeera purports to be the equivalent of CNN or Fox or MSNBC—an independent purveyor of news. Yes, Americans know that most media leans left and a little bit of it leans right, but the networks themselves are generally free of government manipulation. Al-Jazeera, however, is a wholly owned arm of the Government of Qatar,” Shoshana Bryen, a Middle East analyst for the Jewish Policy Center, wrote for the Gatestone Institute.
While Qatar is officially a U.S. ally, its ruling royal family has forged close ties with Hamas
and the Muslim Brotherhood. Last month, nearly two-dozen Al-Jazeera
over what they called pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias in its coverage of events in Egypt.
Some Famous TV Shows in American TV If They Had Been on AJA
1) I Love Lucy – Lucy and Ethel are stoned to death for disobeying their husbands in the very first episode. Fred and Ricky get four wives each and teach them to be subservient, good, Muslim wives.
2) Leave it to Beaver – The Beave is stoned to death for disobeying his father. This upsets his older brother, but the older brother then goes on jihad to fight the Devil Satan Israel, and dies a glorious death in the third Arab-Israeli War. The parents celebrate at the mosque their son’s ascent to heaven and his attainment of 73 virgins.
3) All in the Family – A white man in Queens is shocked to find that an Arab man has moved next door to him and exhibits racism and hatred against him. The Arab man straps a bomb to his chest and blows up the white man’s house in Queens in episode #3 blowing up the entire block, because there are many Jewish neighbors. A service is held at the mosque, praising the Arab for his service to Allah and his ascent to heaven.
4) MASH – Set during the crusades, the brave exploits of an all-male team of Islamic Medical Experts who use the knowledge of Aristotle to treat not only their own, but the crusaders soldiers as well, nursing them back to health, so that they can be executed properly and stoned to death as heretics unless they convert to Islam.
5) The Simpsons – A typical Iranian family in which the father works at a secret Iranian Nuclear Power Plant by day, and works in a jihadist terror group by night. His son is an adventurous spirit, who dreams of travelling to America and one day destroying large buildings in New York City in suicide runs after taking over commercial jet airliners. The daughter is a proper muslim daughter who brags to her schoolmates about her clitorectomy. The four wives on the show are funny about how they can never cook enough for their husband and how they can’t sit far enough in the back of the mosque.
Al Jazeera America’s First Guest: Conspiracy Theorist Stephen Walt
Al Jazeera America dashed the hopes of journalism-hungry Americans in only the first hours of its existence Tuesday, airing an interview with disgraced conspiracy theorist Stephen Walt on the crisis in Egypt.
The head of AJA, Ehab Al Shihabi, had promised just two days earlier
that “Al Jazeera America will air fact-based, unbiased and in-depth news.” Another AJA executive added, “We’re here because we think our journalistic mission has something to offer America,” predicting that “American viewers want a PBS-like news channel 24 hours a day.”
“President Mubarak was ill-informed and stupid,” Walt retorted on the air. “Then the Muslim Brotherhood was quite stupid,” he continued. “And now I fear the Egyptian military is being stupid.”
Walt rose to prominence as co-author of a conspiracy book about Jewish manipulation of American foreign policy and has been referred to by prominent liberal journalist Jeffrey Goldberg as someone who
“makes his living scapegoating Jews.”
AJA has boasted of the additional airtime it will provide guests such as Mr. Walt — AJA will not be “cluttering the news with commercials,” said one executive — so that they may explore current events in a nuanced, balanced fashion.
Walt concluded his interview by noting that the only reason the United States provides aid money to Egypt is to placate the Jewish state.
The United Nations’ refugee arm’s top spokeswoman warmly welcomed Al Jazeera America to the U.S. media scene.
, the chief communications and spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), could not contain her excitement over the arrival of Al Jazeera America, which launched on Tuesday.
“Welcome! @AlJazeera America: the news channel Americans deserve,” Flemingexclaimed
via Twitter on Thursday evening.
Al Jazeera America, which bills itself as a neutral news station, is funded and operated by the Qatari government, which has used the Arabic version of Al Jazeera to back the Muslim Brotherhood and other violent Islamist groups.
Al Jazeera America’s first guest
was conspiracy theorist Stephen Walt, the notorious coauthor of The Israel Lobby
, which accused U.S. Jews and others of perniciously manipulating American foreign policy.
Al Jazeera’s Arabic station has come under recent fire
for airing what critics say is the staged death of a Muslim Brotherhood protestor in Egypt.
Fleming’s comment caused ire among some pro-Israel officials, who said that the endorsement of Al Jazeera is a sign of the U.N.’s institutional bias.
The U.N. and many of its bodies are routinely criticized for having an anti-Israel bias.
“The UNHRC is an organization dominated by despots and tyrants, which gets blasted every few months by U.S. officials for its obsessive anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity,” said one senior pro-Israel official.
“Melissa Fleming is a woman who has shilled not only for the UNHRC, but also for the [International Atomic Energy Agency] during those years when it looked the other way while Iran raced to acquire nuclear weapons,” the source said. “It’s no surprise she would drool over Al Jazeera America, a network that launched by interviewing disgraced conspiracy theorist Stephen Walt on how Jews were corrupting America’s stance toward Egypt.”