Monday, January 23, 2006

Al-Jazeera a Terrorist Tool?

There have been accusations of late that Al-Jazeera promotes terror. They are generally speaking the news agency that many terrorists send their tapes to, the recipient of many tapes of kidnap victims, and the first publisher of most of the press releases from terrorist agencies.

Is this a surprise to you? Not to me. Take a look at my post from earlier this week on the Bin Laden tape, and you will see clearly that, when reported by the US press, the intended message can often be diluted or outright changed. So of course, if these organizations want a release that is accurate and representative of their views, they use their own media outlets.

I have always found Al-Jazeera to provide balanced, accurate coverage. Sometimes they purport views that I do not share, but that is to be expected. There is certainly no reason to be attacking Al-Jazeera at this point; perhaps we should be thankful there is a still a media outlet where we can get accurate reporting on these statements.

Posted by Scottage at 1:41 AM / | |