COMMENT: For years, we have noted the U.S. policy shift toward embracing the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic fascist organization allied with the Axis during World War II. Begun during George W. Bush’s second term, that policy shift continues to gather momentum, with Democrats falling headlong into a trap laid by the Underground Reich’s satraps in the Republican Party.
On the heels of the Brotherhood’s smashing victory in the so-called “Arab Spring” (aided and abetted by the GOP/Underground Reich faction of the American national security establishment), Al Gore sold his Current TV cable and satellite channel to the Al Jazeera network. Dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Jazeera will now be able to spread its Nazi poison to a wider audience. Ultimately, this will rebound on the Democrats, Jews/Israelis and, eventually, Russia, China and India–large nations with sizable Muslim populations that are slated for break up by the Underground Reich-dominated transnationals.
The Al Jazeera//Current TV deal might be envisioned as Serptent’s Walk meets the Muslim Brotherhood, with that Islamist Underground ally serving proxy warriors and pr0pagandists.
EXCERPT: Gore’s Current TV was never popular with viewers, but it was a hit where it counted: with cable and satellite providers. When he co-founded the channel in 2005, Mr. Gore managed to get the channel piped into tens of millions of households — a huge number for an untested network — through a combination of personal lobbying and arm-twisting of industry giants.
He called on those skills again after deciding in December to sell Current TV to Al Jazeera for $500 million. To preserve the deal — and the estimated $100 million he would personally receive — he went to some of those same distributors, who were looking for an excuse to drop the low-rated channel, and reminded them that their contracts with Current TV called it a news channel. Were the distributors going to say that an American version of Al Jazeera didn’t qualify, possibly invoking ugly stereotypes of the Middle Eastern news giant?
“The lawyers for the carriers couldn’t find their way around it,” said a person briefed on the negotiations who described them on condition of anonymity.
Mr. Gore, who lost his last big legal argument — the one in 2000 — succeeded. On Wednesday night, a deal was announced that will bring the Al Jazeera brand into at least 40 million homes in the United States. It will also make Mr. Gore, who is already estimated to be worth more than $100 million, an even richer man.
The deal completed an eight-year odyssey for Mr. Gore and for Current TV that confirmed one of the realities of show business: it can be a lot easier to profit from a channel than to come up with must-see TV for viewers.
Television executives and observers were surprised by both the big price tag and the decision by Mr. Gore, one of the best-known proponents for action to combat global warming, to sell to a Middle Eastern monarchy built with oil wealth. . . . .
COMMENT: Sadly, the Muslim Brotherhood appears to be taking over the Al Jazeera network. Al Jazeera already has a contract with the Pacifica Radio network, which reaches a sizable portion of the so-called “progressive” sector.
EXCERPT: The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report [which tracks along the bottom of the front page of the web site] has an interesting look at the growing Islamist agenda of the al Jazeera TV station, and the roots of the shift in the Muslim Brotherhood.
It is an important observation since so much of the Arab world-as well as the Western media-look to the station to portray and interpret events, particularly the Hamas-Israeli conflict.
It is easy to forget (and shockingly seldom reported) that Hamas is an organic part of the global Muslim Brotherhood, according to article 2 of its own charter. So that the Ikhwan would seek to control the main medium for the outside world to interpret the conflict is not at all unusual.
The report looks at Wadah Khanfar (aka Waddah Khanfar), the station’s General Manager, as the driving force behind al Jazeera’s move toward embracing the Islamist agent, while marginalizing other voices in the station that once had a significant role.
In October 2006, one of Al Jazeera’s own correspondents stated that Mr. Khanfar had a Muslim Brotherhood background and asked him about it directly, receiving a non-denial and evasive reply:
Mr. Waddah, you have and Islamic background, specifically Muslim Brotherhood, don’t you think that this is conflicting with your position as a head of the biggest Arab media organization now? In fact, I do not classify myself as belonging to a certain political ideological movement, this is firstly an important issue which is very .. (interrupting) ..Or you were belonging .. I think that firstly I belong to this Nation including its collective legacy and mind, and that this something I value and am keen on it, but I tell you clearly and frankly, Al jazeera taught us always that our affiliation to Al jazeera– as an administration or press– is an affiliation to an institution with deep-rooted rules and with a clear identity based primarily on proficiency and respecting the opinion and the other opinion, and it isn’t absolutely based on differentiating between people on ideological, intellectual or party bases.Interestingly, it was the Nation Magazine article from 2007 that first reported on the growing Islamist agenda of the TV station.
Whether it’s reporting the Hamas perspective from the occupied territories without mention of the Palestinian Authority’s version of events, or the fawning depiction elsewhere of Islamist parties and militias as the grassroots reflection of Arab sentiment, Al Jazeera has moved away from its ideologically diverse origins to a more populist/Islamist approach. After the March 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Al Jazeera replaced its longtime secular bureau chief in Baghdad, Faisal Yasiri, with Wadah Khanfar, who had reported from Afghanistan after the American invasion in 2001 and then Kurdish-controlled territory as the war with Iraq was launched in 2003.
Shortly thereafter, the secular head of Al Jazeera, Mohammed Jassem Ali, was ousted and replaced by Khanfar, whom nine current and former employees of the station interviewed for this article characterize as an Islamist. It was around this time that Jazeera’s Iraq bureau “became a platform for [Sunni] extremists,” says Shaker Hamid, a secular Jazeera correspondent in Baghdad from 1997 to 2000, who left to work at another Arab satellite station after getting what he says was a better offer. “I can’t say that Jazeera’s rhetoric is completely against Shiites,” Hamid says. “The Americans introduced this, but the media should not make it worse, and Jazeera did.”
I am all for freedom of expression and the rights of others to get their message out. But I am also in favor of full disclosure of ownership and interests. Al-Jazeera is losing its right to claim to represent different voices, because the Islamist agenda has made it increasingly difficult for any other voices to be heard. . . .