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Al Jazeera loses credibility for censoring coverage of uprisings in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, acting as propaganda tool for Qatar’s role in Libya intervention

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+Al Jazeera is based in Qatar which just happens to be the most active Arab supporter of the “rebels” attempting to aid the west in overthrowing the Libyan government. Qatar is positioning itself to be the international marketer for the oil exported by the “rebels,” was the second country to recognize the “ransitional government,” and has contributed aircraft to the NATO bombing campaign.  Part of Al Jazeera’s advantages in reporting international issues is that it can pretty much criticise anyone it chooses without consequences, the only stipulation is refrain from any serious critique of its host nation and its regional allies. This limitation has greatly jeoprodized the Arab media station’s legitimacy and credibility in covering the events in Libya. So heed the warning that Al Jazeera, while widely recognized as a useful news outlet, is not a reliable source when it comes to current regional issues -PR+

Andrew Hammond, Reuters, April 14, 2011

Pan-Arab broadcasters who played a key role reporting Arab uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are helping dynastic rulers police the gates of the Gulf to stop the revolts from spreading on their patch, analysts say.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera, the leading Arabic language network, was pivotal in keeping up momentum during protests that toppled Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, both entrenched rulers who were no friends of Qatar’s ruling Al Thani dynasty.

When Al Jazeera’s cameras turned to Yemen, it was as though its guns were trained on the next target in an uprising longtime Arab leaders were convinced was of the channel’s making.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose impoverished country of 23 million is not a member of the affluent Gulf Arab club, accused Al Jazeera of running an “operations room to burn the Arab nation.” His government has revoked the Al Jazeera correspondents’ licences over its coverage in Yemen.

For viewers watching protests spread across the region, the excitement stopped abruptly in Bahrain. Scant coverage was given to protests in the Gulf Cooperation Council member and to the ensuing crackdown by its Sunni rulers, who called in Saudi and Emirati troops in March under a regional defence pact.

Protests in Oman and Saudi Arabia have also received scant attention in recent months.

“Bahrain does not exist as far as Al Jazeera is concerned, and they have avoided inviting Bahraini or Omani or Saudi critics of those regimes,” said As’ad AbuKhalil, politics professor at California State University.

“Most glaringly, Al Jazeera does not allow one view that is critical of Bahraini repression to appear on the air. The GCC has closed ranks and Qatar may be rewarded with the coveted post of secretary-general of the Arab League.”

Despite a wealth of material, there were no stirring montages featuring comments by protesters or scenes of violence against activists in Bahrain. Al Jazeera has produced such segments to accompany Egyptian and Tunisian coverage.

The threat posed by Bahrain’s protests was closer to home. Their success would have set a precedent for broader public participation in a region ruled by Sunni dynasties. More alarming for those dynasties, it would have given more power to Bahrain’s majority Shi’ites, distrusted by Sunni rulers who fear the influence of regional Shi’ite power Iran.

From an early stage, Al Jazeera framed the movements in Tunisia, Egypt and then Yemen as “revolutions” and subverted government bans on its coverage by inviting viewers to send in images captured on mobile phones to a special address.

“Despite being banned in Egypt, Al Jazeera went to great lengths to provide non-stop live coverage of events. It did not do that in Bahrain,” said political analyst Ghanem Nuseibeh.

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04/15/2011 at 12:59 am

US Media: More War, Less Journalism – RT News

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+Also watch ‘US Mainstream Media loves to support war‘ with Jeff Cohen discussing the universal media support for war – “MSNBC is not really a progressive channel, its more like a Democratic channel” -PR+

Media budgets collapse amid foreign disasters

“When you talk about someone like Katie Couric, who for 5 years reportedly received fifteen million dollars a year, you talk about Brian Williams – ten million dollars a year, in some reports. If they didn’t take those enormous salaries, you could hire a hundred, a hundred and fifty actual reporters, producers,” – Professor of Journalism Jeff Cohen.

From RT News:

Long time love affair between MSNBC and America’s wars

MSNBC is believed by many to be the most liberal of all cable networks. Most who watch would agree that many of the hosts are pro-Obama, pro-choice and pro-union.But it turns out they are also pro-war.

From RT News:

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04/03/2011 at 3:31 pm

Scahill: US wages covert war in Yemen – RT News

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“[It’s] actually a consistent US policy of supporting ruthless and brutal dictators as long as they’re doing the bidding of the United States” – Jeremy Scahill

From RT News

Violence in the Arab world continued to escalate, as thousands of protesters in Yemen took to the streets demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Jeremy Scahill, an investigative journalist & author of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” explained there is a solid contradiction between how the US is addressing Libya and how it is looking at Yemen.
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04/03/2011 at 3:21 pm

‘Daily Show’ hides Libya guest El-Kikhia’s affiliations, bias

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I was watching the Daily Show with Jon Stewart from Monday, March 28. The guest was Dr. Mansour O. El-Kikhia. El-Kikhia was introduced as being from Libya and being a political science professor at the University of Texas. It wasn’t long into the interview when El-Kikhia proclaimed his gratitude for the U.S. military intervention and credited it for saving “fifty to sixty thousand lives.” He later, when asked whether aiding the rebels in Libya will turn out to be a similar situation following the support of the mujaheddin in Afghanistan against the Soviets, expressed the Libyan people’s support of the U.S. saying how he had witnessed a group of the rebels unfurling a large American flag.

At this point I was curious as to who this guest was and where he was coming from with these seemingly ambiguous assertions. It was not long before I found the following introduction by Elliot Spitzer from a program on CNN:


SPITZER: What could be a major step today in the formation of a post-Gadhafi Libya, a new temporary government for the first time and it met today. Joining me again tonight, someone with unprecedented access to the emerging leadership. Mansour El-Kikhia is an exile Libyan opposition leader who hails from a powerful political family. He’s also a professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Professor, thank you for coming back.


Turns out the Mr. El-Kikhia is not simply a political science professor with an objective view of the events unfolding in his native country. Provided that he is an primary actor in the events and a spokesman for the transitional government that has been established in Libya, it is intellectually dishonest to neglect to make Daily Show viewers aware of El-Kikhia’s severe bias. This man has an active stake in the ongoing process and is serving as a propaganda tool for the Libyan rebels, appearing on many mainstream television networks. It is extremely disappointing that the Daily Show failed to properly frame the discussion and allow viewers to accurately assess the arguments being made.

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03/30/2011 at 11:47 am

‘Wiped off the map’: mainstream news webites conceal Iraq unrest

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Mainstream news websites leave Iraq off “country by country” interactive maps of Middle East and North Africa unrest.

New York Times Website

BBC Website

“Iraq itself is no shining beacon on a hill for the people of the Middle East, but rather is a target of protests and an object lesson among the protesters of what to avoid.” – Juan Cole on truthdig

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03/15/2011 at 9:45 pm

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Wen Jiabao rejects ‘Jasmine’-type revolt in China

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For the most part, this ‘Jasmine’ revolt has been a creation of the west and perpetuated by western media narrative. Like the so-called ‘Green Revolution’ in Iran after the not-so-disputed election in 2009, western media coverage and journalists flocking to cover the next big uprising had the effect of inducing people to action and giving an extremely skewed depiction of events. In this way, the actions of a relatively few dissenters that fit the west’s narrative are broadcast around the world as the voice of the silenced majority.

It is important to understand that not all of these uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa are the same. They need to be viewed within the unique context and histories of each individual country. Where most are an oppressed majority seeking to wrest control from a minority in power (Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen) in others, it is a defiant minority that is attempting to wrest control from a majority-serving authority (Iran, Libya, China).

Saibal Dasgupta, TNN, March 14, 2011

BEIJING: Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has scoffed at attempts to draw analogy between political upheavals in some North African countries like Libya and China. No such political movement is likely in China because people are aware of the massive development strides it has taken in past three decades, he said.

“We have followed closely the turbulence in some parts of western Asia and Africa. It is not right to draw an analogy between china and those countries,” the premier said on the conclusion of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese parliament.

The Communist Party of China has been extremely worried about online calls for “Jasmine revolution” protests although they have not produced any demonstrations in the past three weeks. A large number of people have been detained, and controls over the Internet media has been further tightened…

…Presenting his work report to the NPC, Wu said, “If we waver, not only will there be no socialist modernization to speak of, but the achievements gained thus far in the development will also be lost, and it is possible that the state could sink into the abyss of internal disorder.”

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03/14/2011 at 2:05 pm