Al Jazeera (AJ), means “the peninsula” in Arabic. It is 24-hour, Arabic-language satellite TV news network based in Qatar, The station began programming on November 1, 1996, succeeding the Saudi-based BBC World Service Television (whose broadcasts also were in the Arabic language) had shut down its operations in reaction to the Saudi government’s efforts to censor the station.
The network was created using a $150 million grant from the Emir of Qatar, who, when he took over in 1995, ended his country’s Ministry of Information; governmental bodies which are usually the source of media censorship in most Arab states. Pledging to let AJ “report the news as they see it,” the Emir, said in 1997:
I believe criticism can be a good thing, and some discomfort for government officials is a small price to pay for this new freedom.
AJ’s founding slogan was (and still is): “The opinion and the other opinion.”
When it began,Al Jazeera hired some 120 of the 250 employees who had worked for the closed BBC station. AJ created a stir among the censored Arab Nations because of its openness in criticizing Middle Eastern Leaders.
AJ’s criticisms of Eastern governments, however, are few and far between in contrast to the network’s railing and whining as pertains to the United States and Israel.
In fact,AJ treats Islamist terrorists, anti-Semites, and other fanatical foes of those two nations, as almost mythological heroes.
AJ’s newscasts and on-air discussions are propagandized to such an extent that it leads their mostly-Islamic audience to believe that Jews, Israel, and Americans are the most heinous villains, infidels, and evil-doers one would ever come across in their lifetime.
And, guess what Americans? Now these Propagandists are going to have their own network here in the United States of America!
Of course, The New York Times speaks about the new Network in glowing terms…(You just have to love the naivete of the Liberal Dhimmis, don’t you?)
Fourteen hours of straight news every day. Hard-hitting documentaries. Correspondents in oft-overlooked corners of the country. And fewer commercials than any other news channel.
It sounds like something a journalism professor would imagine. In actuality, it is Al Jazeera America, the culmination of a long-held dream among the leaders of Qatar, the Middle Eastern emirate that already reaches most of the rest of the world with its Arabic- and English-language news channels. The new channel, created specifically for consumers in the United States, will join cable and satellite lineups on Tuesday afternoon.
Al Jazeera America is the most ambitious American television news venture since Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes started the Fox News Channel in 1996. It faces some of the same obstacles that Fox eventually glided over — including blanket skepticism about whether distributors, advertisers and viewers will give it a chance. But that is where the parallels to other channels end, because Al Jazeera America is going against the grain of seemingly every trend in television news.
“Viewers will see a news channel unlike the others, as our programming proves Al Jazeera America will air fact-based, unbiased and in-depth news,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, the channel’s acting chief executive, on a news conference call last week. He was explicit about what will be different, saying, “There will be less opinion, less yelling and fewer celebrity sightings.”
Mr. Al Shihabi and other Al Jazeera representatives say proprietary research supports their assertions that American viewers want a PBS-like news channel 24 hours a day. Originally the new channel was going to have an international bent; now its overseers emphasize how much American news it will cover and how many domestic bureaus it will have, which some see as an effort to appease skeptics.
Comparing Al Jazeera to Fox News?! Just how naive and un-American has the NYT become?
Propaganda, such as Al Jazeera will offer, is nothing new.
Joseph Goebbels became Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister in 1933. This position bestowed power over all of Germany’s radio, press, cinema, and theater.
In 1925 Goebbels met the leader of the NAzi Party, Adolf Hitler. In 1926, he was made Gauleiter, or party leader, for the region of Berlin, In 1927 he founded and became editor of the official Nazi periodical Der Angriff (The Attack).
Goebbels was elected to the Reichstag, the German parliament, in 1928. By exploiting mob emotions and by employing all modern methods of propaganda Goebbels helped Hitler into power.
In the book, “Public Opinion and Propaganda; A Book of Readings edited for The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues”, Leonard W. Doob wrote a chapter titled “Goebbels’ Principles of Propaganda”.
Here are some of those principles:
1. Propagandist must have access to intelligence concerning events and public opinion.
2. Propaganda must be planned and executed by only one authority.
a. It must issue all the propaganda directives.
b. It must explain propaganda directives to important officials and maintain their morale.
c. It must oversee other agencies’ activities which have propaganda consequences.
3. The propaganda consequences of an action must be considered in planning that action.
4. Propaganda must affect the enemy’s policy and action.
a. By suppressing propagandistically desirable material which can provide the enemy with useful intelligence.
b. By openly disseminating propaganda whose content or tone causes the enemy to draw the desired conclusions.
c. By goading the enemy into revealing vital information about himself.
d. By making no reference to a desired enemy activity when any reference would discredit that activity.
5. Declassified, operational information must be available to implement a propaganda campaign.
6. To be perceived, propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium.
Al Jazeera’s purpose in coming to America is to promote Islam, obfuscate known facts, undermine Americans’ Patriotism, and propagandize the evil committed by Islamic Terrorism.
Propaganda is a very effective tool, used by evil, barbaric men. to lower the defenses of the naive among us.
Make no mistake about it.
If you don’t believe me, ask a Holocaust Survivor…or go to Egypt and ask a Coptic Christian…before they have all been slaughtered.
Forewarned is forearmed. Stay vigilant, Americans.
Until He Comes,