Accuracy in Media went to work on the subversive tactics and their practitioners.
Al Jazeera, NBC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times… plus Sheikh Yousef Al Qaradawi… plus the University of Notre Dame’s Emad Shahin.
…plus the Brothers Podesta.
…plus George Soros.
But, see George Soros’ Brian Katulis, of the Center for American Progress, smoothing the way for the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in general. See him preparing the news media for the continuing “unexpected” and “spontaneous” events of the Middle East, especially Egypt, the militaristic nation with the treaty with Israel, that had to be overturned.
(2/3, Cliff Kincaid) Chris Matthews has found an “expert” on Egypt he can trust and his name is Brian Katulis of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress. He told Matthews on the Monday edition of Matthews’ MSNBC “Hardball” show that, on the matter of Egypt, “We have got to [go] beyond this addiction to dictators…” He welcomes the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in a new Egyptian government, saying, “…let them be part of the Egyptian politics.”
When Katulis told Matthews that he had opposed the invasion of Iraq, that clinched it in Matthews’ mind. This meant Katulis was a geopolitical genius. “I was against going in [to Iraq], and I think we needed to get out as quickly as possible,” Katulis said. Matthews replied, “Well, then I trust you.”
It apparently never occurred to Katulis or Matthews to make the elementary point that, by invading Iraq in 2003, the U.S. had removed a dictator. Although it has many flaws, Iraq has a more democratic form of government today and is not a threat to its neighbors. The same cannot necessarily be said for the kind of new government that Katulis and his allies in the Obama Administration have planned for Egypt.
What is the Katulis plan for Egypt, now that the Obama Administration has helped destabilize the pro-American Egyptian government of Hosni Mubarak? Katulis didn’t say much about that on the Matthews show, except that the Muslim Brotherhood will and should be a part of a new regime. What’s more, he claimed, “We can actually secure our counterterrorism concerns, our regional security concerns, while also helping Egyptians open the door to their democratic reforms.”
How is this to be done? Katulis didn’t exactly say.
(2/6, Cliff Kincaid) Three years ago Accuracy in Media warned of the advent of “Terror Television,” noting that Al-Jazeera Arabic and English were fanning the flames of anti-Americanism and undermining U.S. allies in the Middle East. Our “Stop Al-Jazeera” website identified how, through clever manipulation of words and images, this was being accomplished. We released a major report on Al-Jazeera and produced a documentary on the subject.
The documentary, “Terror Television: The Rise of Al-Jazeera and the Hate America Media” featured evidence that Al-Jazeera inspired foreign Muslim fighters to go to places like Iraq and Afghanistan for the specific purpose of killing U.S. service members.
Our efforts gave many cable and satellite TV providers second thoughts about carrying the English version of the channel in U.S. media markets. Soon, one of Al-Jazeera’s Western faces, former ABC News reporter Dave Marash, resigned from the channel, citing its anti-Americanism.
(2/9, Cliff Kincaid) In attempting to explain how lobbyists get U.S. foreign aid for Egypt, journalist Pratap Chatterjee of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress writes that Tony Podesta, “the brother of a former White House chief of staff,” joined with Toby Moffett, a former Democratic Congressman, and Bob Livingston, a former Republican Congressman, to create a lobbying organization, the PLM Group, to represent Egypt in Washington.
He wrote, “The Livingston Group made the largest number of contacts with the U.S. government for the Egyptians to make sure that this money continued to flow, but they were not the only ones. Tony Podesta, the brother of a former White House chief of staff, and Toby Moffett, a former Democratic Congressman, joined forces with Livingston to create the PLM Group to represent Egypt in Washington, according to foreign-agent records at the Justice Department.”
The reference to that “former White House chief of staff” was meant to suggest that Tony Podesta has real clout and influence, especially in Democratic Party circles. But who is that “former White House chief of staff?” And why wasn’t he named?
What Chatterjee did not want to openly acknowledge, for obvious reasons, is that this unnamed brother of lobbyist Tony Podesta is none other than John Podesta, his boss at the Center for American Progress (CAP). John Podesta, former Clinton chief of staff, is the President and CEO of CAP.
(2/9, Roger Aronoff) The events unfolding in Egypt that began on January 25 were indeed historic, but they may well be obscuring a much bigger story going on in the region, that the media are generally ignoring. The crowds that assembled in Egypt were large indeed, but not unprecedented, as was widely reported. While many in the media stated that the recent uprising in Tunisia, resulting in the removal of a dictator, was what sparked a democratic revolution in the heart of Egypt, the story of revolutions and attempts to democratize began much earlier. Perhaps the spark may have been with the start of the war in Iraq, in March of 2003. Or maybe with the first free elections in Iraq, with the purple ink-stained fingers, in March of 2005.
(2/19, Cliff Kincaid) Having praised Al-Jazeera English for its coverage of the demonstrations in Egypt, some American liberals are now backpedaling. They are outraged that the channel they praised so much has covered up the sexual assault on CBS News reporter Lara Logan.
The network’s mantra is, “The heart of the story. Every Angle. Every Side.” But that’s “less believable now” because of the failure of the channel to cover the attack on Logan, says Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post, a leading liberal commentator. The silence of the network on this matter is “deafening,” he said.
American media personalities such as Sam Donaldson of ABC News and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC have praised Al-Jazeera for its coverage of the demonstrations in the Arab country. Such comments have been cited in full-page ads the channel has taken out in The New York Times and Washington Post as part of its “Demand Al-Jazeera in the USA Campaign.”
The assault on Logan occurred on February 11. “She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers,” CBS reported. “Logan left the hospital on Wed. Feb. 16, to recover in her Washington, D.C. home.
(2/21, Cliff Kincaid) The New York Times reports that CIA officials paid for the services of an alleged con man who claimed to be able to find coded messages hidden in broadcasts by Al-Jazeera, and that his technology could decipher them to identify specific threats. Now, the Times says, U.S. officials are trying to cover up the fact that they were duped.
The threat represented by Al-Jazeera has not been in any supposed “coded messages” but in its overt propaganda. As we have been reporting since 2006, it has been a mouthpiece for terrorist groups, starting with al-Qaeda. Indeed, one of its correspondents was jailed in Spain after being convicted of being an agent of al-Qaeda.
Al-Jazeera English, supposedly different than the Arabic version but funded by the same source, the Emir of Qatar, has promoted the Islamic Army in Iraq by featuring an “exclusive interview” with its spokesperson and sending a correspondent to travel secretly with the terrorist group. This is typical of Al-Jazeera. It has a habit of finding anti-American terrorist groups and giving them publicity. The Islamic Army of Iraq, which includes former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath party, has its own website, where it highlights the Al-Jazeera coverage of its activities. Such coverage is seen as a stamp of approval.
(2/23, Cliff Kincaid) In a report noting that Al-Jazeera television personality and Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has supported violence against Israelis and Americans, The New York Times quoted Professor Emad Shahin of the University of Notre Dame as saying, “You call it violence; I call it resistance.”
But the professor is now disputing the quote. “The placement of my quote in David Kirkpatrick’s report on Sheik Yusef al-Qaradawi is deeply disturbing, as it suggests that I condone violence of any kind,” he said in a statement. “As a scholar of Islamic law and political movements, I have studied the thinking of many clerics and political leaders in Egypt and throughout the Arab world. Kirkpatrick correctly states that Sheik Qaradawi has long argued that Islamic law supports the idea of a pluralistic, multiparty, civil democracy, but that he makes exceptions for violence against Israel or the American forces in Iraq. The subsequent quote from me, ‘You call it violence, I call it resistance,’ was one part of a longer interview in which I was explaining what Qaradawi thinks—not what I think. My own position is that violence is not only morally wrong but ultimately ineffective, and that peaceful resistance (as we just saw in Tunisia and Egypt) is far more powerful than violence ever will be.”
Shahin is the Luce Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The institute is named for Joan Kroc, the third wife of McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc.
The professor’s webpage lists a number of media appearances, including CNN, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Voice of America, and Al-Jazeera Arabic and English.
(2/23, Don Irvine) Al-Jazeera, the Quatar funded Arabic news channel, may have seen its efforts to gain a foothold in the U.S. partially undone due to an interview by their Washington bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara’s interview with TIME. During the interview, Foukara was asked about Al-Jazeera’s point of view and how that fits in to what TIME referred to as the U.S. idea of journalistic objectivity.
To be honest, I don’t know what objective journalism means. The environment in which you broadcast obviously colors your coverage. If you are an American network broadcasting from the U.S., you will be broadcasting with a sensibility which may not look necessarily objective to an audience in another part of the world. And the same is true if you’re a network like Al Jazeera Arabic, broadcasting out of the Middle East. But we have to go beyond that. We should agree on the necessity to provide information in a timely manner. We cannot live in a world where a story like Egypt — which has consequences for the whole world — is unfolding and your audience doesn’t know anything about it or enough about it.
At least in the U.S. the mainstream press feigns objectivity.