February 7, 2011

Bill O’Reilly Slanders Al Jazeera, Again

tizzy (ˈti-zē) verb: to get really confused, agitated, irrational, and pissy all at once

That anti-American operation is spurring on the revolt. Many Arabs get their information from Al Jazeera. That network is extremely powerful and is encouraging uprisings all over the Muslim world. Al Jazeera very rarely condemns the jihadists, and I believe the network would be happy to see them take power.

Al Jazeera makes a living blaming most problems in the Middle East on the USA and Israel. And any Arab leader who supports America is barbequed on the network, while those who hate America are praised…

Any fair-minded person who follows Al Jazeera knows it is anti-American and anti-Semitic. Only on the far left can it find acceptance.

As proof that Al Jazeera is anti-American and anti-Semitic, OReilly tells us that the network sometimes—brace yourselves for this—sometimes reports on the sayings and doings of individuals who are themselves anti-American and anti-Semitic.

For example, O’Reilly tells us, “When the vicious pro-Iranian mullah al-Sadr returned to Iraq recently, Al Jazerra covered it live.”  Not recorded, mind you, but live.  Certainly Fox News would never, never give airtime to the rantings of this “vicious pro-Iranian mullah”—except, of course, when it does exactly that:

And not only does Fox News give voice to the oh-so-sinister al-Sadr, but it also gives airtime, lots and lots of airtime, to other sinister fellows.  For example, whenever Osama bin Laden has something to say, you’ll always hear about it on Fox News, and if you go onto their website you can often find a complete transcript:

Raw Data: Video Transcript (12/13/01)

Transcript: Bin Laden Video Excerpts (10/29/04)

Raw Data: Bin Laden Transcript (01/19/06)

Now I don’t know about you, but I kind of think that reporting on the sayings of such men doesn’t necessarily mean that you agree with them; it just means that, you know, you’re doing what journalists are supposed to do.  But that’s just my opinion. 

As further proof that Al Jazeera is anti-Semitic, O’Reilly plays clips from two Al Jazeera guests who said some things which might be construed as anti-Semitic.  (One man, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, claimed that Jewish guards had used witchcraft to subdue him; another guest, a Jordanian reporter, spoke against “the Zionist enemy,” i.e., Israel.) 

But, of course, having a bigoted guest on your network doesn’t make your network bigoted.  If such were the case then we’d have to conclude that Fox News was the most bigoted network around, for it has had the following bigots, among others, on its programs:

Of course, when it comes to hate and bigotry, these individuals have nothing on Bill O’Reilly himself, but I’ll save that discussion for another time. 

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