Besides the New York Times’ current reputation of trafficking in “fake news” or “anti-Trump propaganda,” a radical Islam watchdog group, Clarion Project, released an analysis written by the organization’s publications editor, Meira Svirsky, that accuses the New York Times of acting as a de facto ” jail house” lawyer for Al Jazeera.
While many in the news media appear to have short memories, it was Bill Clinton’s former Vice President Al Gore who brought “Al Jazeera America” to the United States. Gore sold his defunct cable television network to the Qatar-owned news organization, pocketing over $35 million in the deal. – Jim Kouri, Conservative Base Editor
The New York Timeshas become thenew mouthpieceforAl Jazeera, the Qatari state-owned media outlet which the monarchy uses to spew its extremism.
In an opinion piece written by the editorial board of theTimes, the prestigious newspaper objects to attempts by six Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen – to “muzzle … the state-funded news station.”
The demand is due to Qatar’s support of terrorism and Al Jazeera’s role in that project.
Over the past decades, Qatarhas pumpedhundreds of millions of dollars into the U.S.-designated terror organization Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s affiliate in Gaza. In March, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal unveiled the new Hamas Charter in the Sheraton Hotel in Doha. As recently as February, Qatar sent $100 million to Gaza, as part of a $1-billion package they promised the terrorist-run entity after starting its latest war with Israel.
It is well-known that money sent to Hamas, ostensibly ear-marked for rebuilding the war zone, ends up being used tofund terror.
And Hamas is not the only beneficiary of Qatar’s terror largesse. The country has been called the “Club Med”of terror funding and the “mosttwo-faced nation in the world” for its part in global terror financing.
Al Jazeeraserves as the international voice of the Qatari government. For example, the network provided much of the impetus and support for the Muslim Brotherhood hijacking of the Arab Spring in Egypt in 2011. During the tenure of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (from the Brotherhood’s political party), Al Jazeera provided the former leader with an international platform.
Immediately following the coup that deposed Morsi (after his gross violations of power and human rights), 22 journalists working for Al Jazeera in Egypt resigned after being told by their Qatari bosses to support the Muslim Brotherhood.
One formerAl Jazeeraemployee in Egypt, Mohammed Fahmy, who served jail time in Egypt on terrorism charges for working for the Qatari station, is nowsuing his former employers.
“The more the network coordinates and takes directions from the government, the more it becomes a mouthpiece for Qatari intelligence,” Fahmy said in an interview withBloomberg.com. “There are many channels who are biased, but this is past bias. Now Al-Jazeera is a voice for terrorists.”
The Muslim Brotherhood is correctly regarded, along with Pakistan’s Jamaat e-Islami, as the grandfather of modern Islamism. Abdullah Azzam, a Brotherhood member, was the mentor of Osama bin Laden.Milestones, a book written by Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb, has become a foundational textbook for the jihadi movement.
TheTimeslaments that the campaign againstAl Jazeerais drive against free speech in the region. Still, in what might be regarded as a bizarre showing of journalistic integrity, the newspaper notes not only that the network is state-funded, but that, “Critical reporting on Qatar or members of Qatar’s royal family is not tolerated [on the station].”
Yet otherwise, theTimespronounces that “much of the rest of [Al Jazeera] reporting hews to international journalistic standards, provides a unique view on events in the Middle East and serves as a vital news source for millions who live under antidemocratic rule.”
Besides their biased and anti-semitic postings, perhaps theTimesmissedAl Jazeera’s hosting of an on air birthday party for Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar.
In 1979, Kuntar headed a group of four terrorists who infiltrated Israel, killed a policeman, broke into an apartment, shot a man to death and murdered his daughter by smashing her skull against a rock. Kuntar was released in 2008 in a prisoner swap for coffins containing the remains of two Israel soldiers killed by Hezbollah (Israel was not told ahead of time that the soldiers were dead).
To the sound of festive music, Al Jazeera presented Kuntar with a huge scimitar to slice the cake on which was printed a picture of Kuntar with various terrorists, including Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.
Watch below Al Jazeera’s birthday party to celebrate Kuntar’s release.
(After Israel threatened to boycott the network, Al Jazeeraissuedan apology, saying “elements of the program … violated [the station’s Code of Ethics.”)
It is an unfortunate occurrence in our politically correct world that our moral barometer must so often be that of Hitler and his Nazi party. Yet, in this case, we must ask if, during World War II, the Nazis had used a media arm controlled by Hilter to broadcast their message, wouldThe New York Timeshave defended it as free speech and “providing a unique view” on Germany? Would theTimeshave said that, with the exception that criticism of Hitler wasn’t allowed on the channel, that the station hewed to “international journalistic standards?”
Or sadly, are we meant to infer from theTimes’defense ofAl Jazeera’s “journalistic standards” that those are the same standards to which the Times adheres?
(Ryan Mauro is Clarion Project’s national security analyst and an adjunct professor of homeland security.Ryan is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.)
Jim Kouri is a member of the Board of Advisors and a former vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Florida in May 1967. The Association was organized for educational and charitable activities for law enforcement officers in command ranks and supervisory agents of state & federal law enforcement agencies as well as leaders in the private security sector. NACOP also provides funding to small departments, officers and the families of those officers paralyzed and disabled in the line of duty.