Ed Driscoll

Al Jazeera America is 'Nowhere Near as Overtly Anti-American' as its Arab Language Parent Channel

“Grotesque: Al Jazeera mocks ISIS’s ‘unconvincing’ beheading of Americans,” Noah Rothman writes at Hot Air:

The Arabic website of the Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera reportedly published an extraordinarily offensive piece this week mocking the beheaded U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley. The piece questioned the authenticity of the two videotaped beheadings, suggesting that both men and their killers were straight out of “Hollywood” casting and that their murders were “unconvincing.”

Read the whole thing. As Noah goes on to note:

When the Kremlin-funded news network Russia Today (or RT, as it prefers to be branded) went all in on its mission to serve as an anti-Western propaganda outlet for Moscow, a handful of Western broadcasters resigned. These honest journalists could not stomach the anti-Americanism and dishonesty that dominated that network’s daily coverage.

In contrast with RT, Al Jazeera America, or even Al Jazeera English, are nowhere near as overtly anti-American as is the Arabic language network. Nevertheless, Al Jazeera and AJAM are the same entity with the same mission.

Of course, Al Jazeera, as unwatchable and low-rated* as it is, isn’t the only leftwing channel on your cable dial that tones down its anti-Americanism for US consumption, as opposed to the product it produces for the rest of the world:

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Somewhere, a voice in Hell is muttering, “I’m Yasser Arafat, and I approve this duplicity.”

* Really low-rated: “17,000 viewers in primetime this year, jumping to 23,000 during the early days of the Gaza war, compared to an average of 453,000 for CNN and 1.87 million for Fox News,” as John Nolte recently spotted at Big Journalism.