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Al Jazeera Joins Forces With Media Matters and ThinkProgress
Posted By Joseph Klein On March 20, 2012 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 14 Comments
Media Matters, the Soros-funded Obama administration propaganda arm, claims that its prime mission is to correct “conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” Presumably as part of its self-righteous campaign against conservative misinformation, Media Matters decided to team up with the anti-Semitic, anti-American news outlet Al Jazeera, a corrupt media outfit owned and financed by an authoritarian Arab regime that forbids freedom of the press in its own country. Then again, intellectual honesty and truly unbiased journalistic professionalism were never part of Media Matters’ mission statement.
Al Jazeera has descended to such low depths that a critic from the Arab media had this to say about it:
Al-Jazeera’s problem is not its political stance. It is entitled to that. Its problem is that it has dealt a blow to every genuine attempt to build strong and reasonably independent Arab media. The channel will allow no discussion of what has become of it, and has taken us back to the days of the ‘no voice rises above the sound of the battle’ media. It casts aspersions on the motives of anyone one who criticizes it, defends fatal mistakes with feigned naivete, and at the same time refuses to concede that its ‘logical justification’ for what is happening today is: “we are implementing the policy of our funder, period.”
Media Matters was founded with the help of another Soros-sponsored enterprise, the Center for American Progress, the radical brain of the Democratic Party. Media Matters itself couldn’t care less about upholding professional standards in journalism. Its affinity with Al Jazeera has nothing to do with a shared commitment to journalistic integrity. Rather, it shares a common enemy with Al Jazeera: Fox News.
Some of Al Jazeera’s most severe critics in the U.S. media just happen to be Fox News commentators such as Bill O’Reilly, who reports periodically on its blatantly biased anti-American, anti-Israel coverage. Media Matters’ founder and head honcho, David Brock, hates Fox News so much for its rejection of left-wing orthodoxy that he decided to use Media Matters’ resources to launch what he called an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel. Thus, it is no wonder that the two organizations, Media Matters and Al Jazeera, have formed a mutual admiration society. After all, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Media Matters Action Network senior foreign policy fellow MJ Rosenberg has a profile on Al Jazeera’s website, where his articles attacking Israel and the United States regularly appear. As reported by the Daily Caller, Rosenberg represented Media Matters at the first Al Jazeera “Unplugged” forum on social media in Doha, Qatar in May 2010. At the forum, he praised Al Jazeera as a “mainstream network” and “factual” while attacking Fox News as a “very, very dangerous force in the United States.” For good measure, Rosenberg also charged that Al Jazeera “was bombed by orders of the United States government.”
Like his fellow Israel-bashers at Al Jazeera and elsewhere, Rosenberg likes to spin a conspiracy theory asserting that Israel’s lobby is so strong in the United States that Israel is the “boss” in the U.S.-Israeli relationship. And he blamed the United States for the impasse with Iran. “The US, to this day, has never attempted a true dialogue with Tehran,” he wrote in one of his numerous columns appearing on the Al Jazeera website.
The same year that Al Jazeera was hosting Media Matters’ senior foreign policy fellow in Doha, the then-director general of Al Jazeera, Wadah Khanfar, visited Media Matters’ offices in Washington, according to two Daily Caller sources. There he met with David Brock and Media Matters’ president, Eric Burns.
Under Khanfar’s leadership, by the way, Al Jazeera broadcast extremist Islamist views without any counter-balance. It broadcast tapes produced by terrorists in Iraq where US soldiers were being killed, and it provided heavily biased anti-Israel coverage of the 2008-2009 Israeli operation in Gaza. Yet Brock and Burns made it a point to meet with him.
Professor Alan Dershowitz said it best when he declared: “There is not enough room under the big tent for people like me…and the bigots of Media Matters… Just in the same way that President Obama totally terminated his association with the Reverend Wright, he has to terminate any association with Media Matters and with the intellectual thugs who are behind it.”
Fat chance of that happening any time soon. If anything, Media Matters and the Obama White House are more tightly entwined than ever before.
The Center For American Progress’ blog, ThinkProgress, is also in bed with Al Jazeera. In addition to the standard bashing of Israel that they have in common, they formed a curious alliance in attacking the wealthy contributors to conservative causes, the Koch brothers, as symbols of the dreaded top 1%. Al Jazeera produced an anti-Koch “documentary,” which was promoted on the ThinkProgress web site.
Al Jazeera’s so-called “documentary” included a lengthy interview with one of ThinkProgress’ crackerjack “investigative reporters.”
Here is an excerpt from ThinkProgress’ promotion of Al Jazeera’s hit job on the Koch brothers:
The documentary features a lengthy interview with our colleague Lee Fang, an investigative reporter with Think Progress, who has played a major role in uncovering the strong “web of influence” of the Koch Brothers on state and federal politicians. The film touches on the Koch role in everything from health care to energy policy. It’s worth the watch.
In another example of solidarity, Al Jazeera conducted an interview with Wajahat Ali, lead researcher and writer for the Center for American Progress’ discredited report on the so-called “Islamophobia” network in America.
Al Jazeera has found common cause with ThinkProgress and Media Matters. Their mutual enemies include Israel, American capitalism and, of course, Fox News. The close alliance of ThinkProgress and Media Matters with the Obama White House indicates that the latter is embracing Al Jazeera as well. After all, Hillary Clinton spoke for the Obama administration in 2011 when she said — practically parroting Rosenberg’s characterization — that Al Jazeera is “real news” as opposed to the “arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news.” One wonders what it is exactly that Clinton, Rosenberg and other left-wing Al Jazeera supporters find so “factual” and convincing.
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