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Al Jazeera America’s Launch: Another Excuse For Islamophobia

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Al Jazeera America’s Launch: Another Excuse For Islamophobia

In The New York Times, media reporter Brian Stelter described the launch of Al Jazeera America as “something a journalism professor would imagine” due to its “Fourteen hours of straight news every day. Hard-hitting documentaries. Correspondents in oft-overlooked corners of the country. And fewer commercials than any other news channel.”

The conservative media, however, saw the channel’s launch today as an opportunity to spread fact-free Islamophobia.

On Fox News, guest Jim Pinkerton described the network as an “Arab news channel” and went on to claim that “many if not most Arabs probably support what Bin Laden was trying to do in terms of killing Americans” before giving the channel credit for its coverage of the Arab Spring and other global events.

Back in February when it was announced the network had purchased CurrentTV, Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy asked if Al Jazeera America was “a Trojan Horse for terror”:

On his Blaze show, Glenn Beck claimed Al Jazeera “haven’t changed their anti-American views” before criticizing Hillary Clinton and President Obama for praising the network’s coverage of the Arab Spring, claiming that “48 million Americans are having their money taken out of their cable bill every month and sent over to the Middle East” to promote “propaganda.”

The New York Post quoted an unnamed source who refused to advertise with the network:

“I wouldn’t give them a dime, especially since we are in New York,” said one advertiser, who asked not to be named.

“They’re owned by an Arab country and they ran the [Osama] bin Laden tapes. I just wouldn’t trust them,” he said, referring to Al Jazeera’s role in gaining access to the late al Qaeda leader.

News Busters gleefully mirrored the content of the Post.

Far easier than watching the network and judging its content on the merits, the conservative media figures would rather play to their Islamophobic base and demonize the effort.

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  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    The trouble is with your plan who gets to decide ?
    One persons bias is anothers balanced.
    Should you ? me ?( no thanks ) Obama ? Glen Greenwald ? Pam Geller ? President I’madinnerjacket?
    All would say they are reasonable folks if you met them.
    Sir David

  • Reynardine

    No, it’s true. The wealthy class in that country, who cruelly punish anyone they deem irreligious in their own country and even drove little girls back into burning buildings to protect public “modesty”, frequently behaved with such indecency abroad that Muslim students from other countries avoided them. If they have changed in the last three decades, report has it that it’s for the worse. It’s logical they would hate anyone who actually followed such precepts as sobriety, charity, and chastity.

  • Charleston Chew

    I am not suggesting that Rupert Murdoch run such an organization. In fact, I would suggest against this. Ideally, Rupert Murdoch would be silenced and branded a subversive in any healthy society.

    Also, I find that state-owned media is actually usually less biased and less sensationalized than corporate media. Take Xinhua and CCTV for example. I am by no means saying they are free of their biases, but their journalists and reporters tend to show A LOT more professionalism than Bill O’Reilly, Rachel Maddow, Wolf Blitzer or Greta van Sunstren

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    What a jolly good idea !
    Lets get rid of all the media and replace it with one state owned totally unbiased news agency . We could call it the Ministry of Truth . Or Truth inc
    That Mr Murdoch he is good at running such large enterprises I am told . I am sure he would run it if asked for a small consideration.
    What Ho !I am really looking forward to reading your other posts
    Sir David

  • Jekyll

    Oh dear me! I meant whether! (Will marry a english lit. girl!)

  • Reynardine

    Exactly what kind of weather is propaganda weather? A polar high? A tropical low? The Alberta Cllipper? The Pineapple Pipeline?

  • Sam Seed

    How does a Muslim become an Islamophobe?

  • Reynardine

    Furthermore:

  • Reynardine

    Were you born one, or did you study to be one? And why are you pretending to be a brand of tobacco?

  • Reynardine
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