Thursday, January 18, 2007

Al-Jazeera: Where Press meets Propaganda


Another Perspective, or Jihad TV? - New York Times
In its “straight” news coverage on its Arabic TV broadcasts and Web sites, Al Jazeera’s reports consistently amplify radical Islamist sentiments (although without endorsing violence explicitly).

For example, the phrase “war on terror” is invariably preceded by the contemptuous prefix “so-called.” The words “terror” and “insurgency” are rarely uttered with a straight face, usually replaced with “resistance” or “struggle.” The phrase “war in Iraq” is often replaced by “war on Iraq” or “war against Iraq.” A suicide bombing is called a “commando attack” or, occasionally, a “paradise operation.”

Al Jazeera’s Web site can be less subtle. On Dec. 12, after religious leaders and heads of state all over the world condemned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran for staging a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran, the headline on the site read, “Ahmadinejad Praised by Participants of the Holocaust Conference in Tehran, but Condemned by Zionists in Europe.”


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aljazeera is spot on. A war on Iraq is an aggression by a madman and war criminal of the name George Dubya. The Holohoax is a historical lie that should be exposed.

Mohammed A. Hegazi

Anonymous said...

You are soooo funny mohammed - really, i'm rolling on the floor laughing...

Anonymous said...

still laughing...

Anonymous said...

and Beth continues to laugh...