I’m Bin Laden and I Approve This Message

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Regarding exploiting American news stations, Gadahn recommended that

no matter what material we send, I suggest that we should distribute it to more than one channel, so that there will be healthy competition between the channels in broadcasting the material, so that no other channel takes the lead. It should be sent for example to ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN and maybe PBS and VOA.

Gadahn had his doubts about CNN, although its Arabic version “brings good and detailed reports”:

As for the neutrality of CNN in English, it seems to be in cooperation with the government more than the others (except Fox News of course). I used to think that MSNBC channel may be good and neutral a bit, but is has lately fired two of the most famous journalists –Keith Olbermann and Octavia Nasser the Lebanese.

Nasser was canned from CNN after she revealed her pro-terrorism bias in a tweet mourning the death of a Hezbollah leader. The rabidly partisan Olbermann, who relentlessly attacked Bush’s “war on terror” and helped whitewash Islamists by hosting representatives from Muslim Brotherhood front groups on his show, parted ways with MSNBC after his controversial financial donations to Democratic party politicians. It is telling that Gadahn views these two and MSNBC as “good and neutral.”

As for CBS, Gadahn muses, “I see that it is like the other channels, but it has a famous program (60 Minutes) that has some popularity and a good reputation.” ABC “is all right; actually it could be one of the best channels, as far as we are concerned.” And his judgment of Fox News? “Let her die in her anger.”

After considering the pros and cons of the major U.S. broadcasters, Gadahn couldn’t make up his mind, and:

As far as the American channel that could be used to deliver our messages, whether on the tenth anniversary or before or after, in my personal opinion there are no distinct differences between the channels from the standpoint of professionalism and neutrality… they are all on one level except (Fox News) channel which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks neutrality too.

Ultimately Gadahn was skeptical of the American TV news media and “their cunning methods,” and he worried that no matter which outlet al Qaeda chose, the group’s message would probably end up being distorted somehow. “Or they may ignore the message and conduct a smearing of the individuals.”

In conclusion, al Qaeda seems to view MSNBC and Keith Olbermann as fair and balanced, while Fox News is hopelessly biased and Islamophobic – a perspective that is unsurprisingly identical to that of the American left.

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  • Bamaguje

    Well, well, well!!
    Al-Qaeda has confirmed what some of us critics of Islam have been saying all along.
    That the politically correct see-no-Jihad lamestream media panders to Islamists, and can be used, or is being used to promote their devilish Islamic supremacist Jihad.

  • dodo

    When is the media going to start telling the truth. Al Quada is merely one of the countless shape shifting military arms of mainstream islam, and is not a separate entity.

  • ctyankee

    This explains how bin Laden used talking points from MSNBC about Global Warming in his taped messages. Also, that weasel Gadahn wanted to make VOA into "Voice of al-Qaeda".

  • kafir4life

    Notice that Olberman and bin Laden lost their jobs at nearly the same time? Coincidence? Maybe PMSNBC will take him back now.

  • tagalog

    Okay, now we know something very important: bin Laden thought that CBS and ABC are unbiased because of their political motivations, and that Fox News is "in the abyss." That reveals much about CBS, ABC, and Fox. God bless Fox News; keep it up!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    CBS and MSNBC would have jumped at the chance to promote Al Crud and it's anti-American
    ambassadors of mayhem and destruction, hero's of the left. I am surprised they did not offer
    Bin Laden his own show or team up with Al Sharpton, in a believe it or not hour of detached

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