Traitors: American Journalists Attack Koch Brothers, Support Al Jazeera

There is a confluence of events over the last few weeks that perfectly proves the essential anti-Americanism of the Old Media establishment in this country today. It is evinced in two separate stories, one wheret the left is excoriating the Koch brothers for wanting to buy the L.A. Times and a contrasting story where journalists are falling all over themselves to get hired by the new news network being started by Al Jazeera, the jihad-supporting, anti-American, Muslim-owned news agency.

At the end of April, stories began to emerge that conservative brothers David and Charles Koch might be interesting in buying a newspaper such as the Los Angeles Times in an effort to enlarge their media presence. This news sent the Old Media establishment into conniption fits.

The billionaire Koch brothers are libertarian leaning and have used their money to fund many conservative causes. They were, for instance, a big part of forming the activist group Americans for Prosperity among others.

Almost instantly reports came out that “half the staff” of the Times vowed to quit their jobs if the Kochs were allowed to buy the paper. Quickly on the heels of that news, the newspaper union put out a statement saying that the Kochs are unfit to own a newspaper.

Even Los Angeles politicians were jumping the Koch haters bandwagon. Several L.A. councilmen weighed in attempting to prevent any possible sale of the paper to the conservative duo.

So, a pair of Americans who want to buy a newspaper are finding the entire media establishment rising up to attack them and to try and prevent any such sale. Worse, the media’s lapdog politicians are joining the effort by illicitly trying to use their influence in government to put a stop to a perfectly legitimate sale.

All this because these left-wingers are afraid that traditional American ideals might find a megaphone with which to be promulgated.

Then there is a contrasting story that further cements the essential truth that liberals hate other Americans and traditional American ideals more than they do actual, avowed enemies of this country.

In December of 2012, so-called green guru Al Gore suddenly announced that he had sold his Current TV cable network to the oil-rich owners of Al Jazeera, the jihad-supporting, anti-Semitic, anti-American news network based in the Muslim country of Qatar.

Not only was there no real criticism of Al Jazeera having a presence on American cable TV, now the jihadis are announcing that they intend to hire “800 American journalists” and media professionals and the industry is falling all over itself to jump on board with the anti-American cable network.

In fact, the sycophancy is so deep that the Medill School of Journalism in Chicago is offering an internship program with Al Jazeera in the Qatari capital of Doha and have made plans to do the same at the new Al Jazeera America offices once they are up and running.

To date, two high profile lefties have been hired by Al Jazeera America, too. Well-known leftie feminist Naomi Wolf was one of the first to be announced. This is particularly galling in that Islam is one of the worst oppressors of women in the world today and yet a feminist has decided to trade in her principles for a pile of blood-soaked oil money.

Another big hire for Al Jazeera America is CNN’s chief financial reporter Ali Velshi.

But notice that there are no great campaigns by journalists or their union to excoriate anyone who would turn traitor to the country and go to work for the anti-American Al Jazeera? Notice that America’s journalists have not asked if the jihad-centric, Muslim-based ideology of Al-Jazeera might affect its coverage? Notice that no great campaigns are being launched to prevent the sale of Current TV to a foreign nation that supports an ideology that has declared war on our country, an ideology that is guilty of murdering thousands of our countrymen right here on our own soil, an ideology that killed one of our ambassadors in Libya only 8 months ago?

Not a peep. Instead, journalism schools and media professionals both are salivating at the idea of being part of the new jihadi network.

So, let’s recap. A pair of Americans that believe in traditional American ideals are a threat to our nation’s journalistic traditions while a foreign “news” agency that operates in service to anti-Americanism and radical Islamic jihad is very worthy of America’s support.

If this doesn’t show the essential anti-Americanness of the U.S. Old MEdia establishment, nothing does.

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  • LiberalNightmare

    The left is correct to worry about this. One of the first ways to bring about change in society is to take over the media.

    It is after all, how they did it.

    • Schmoe

      not to quibble, but thinking back to middle school in an otherwise Catholic Boston suburb, where that social studies teacher worked so hard to make us appreciate the finer points of muslim worship, makes me think they started there.

  • stan25

    The media did the same thing to El Rushbo when he tried to buy a piece of the St. Louis Rams. They absolutely went bananas when it was announced that Limbaugh was interested. How dare he buy into a team of the NFL. But when a lefty media person got the spot that was offered to Rush, nary a peep was raised.

  • Brucehenry

    What, no links to stories that demonstrate Al Jazeera’s anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, and jihad-centrism?

    What a shocker.

    • herddog505

      I think that those things are taken as given.

    • Hugh_G

      The usual tripe, the usual paranoid delusional lies spewed by the alleged journalist Huston. The usual suspects eating up every delusional word.

      • Jwb10001

        And as usual Hugh is here to talk about Huston not the subject. One might start to think you got a little man crush going there.

    • retired.military

      “Al Jazeera’s anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, and jihad-centrism”
      Gee 4 things that pretty much go together. WHo would have thought it.

    • Rdmurphy42

      You think those things are seriously in doubt, Bruce?

      • Brucehenry

        Not to you, I’m sure.

        • Rdmurphy42

          Seriously? Wow.

          Ok. For you, Al Jazeera is a balanced news source. Ok.

  • herddog505

    Of these things, the hysterical (meant both way) attacks on the Kochs’ plans to buy the LAT is the most repulsive. Is this what lefties mean by “tolerance”, by “inclusion”, by “open to new ideas”, by “civility”?

    Actually, it is EXACTLY what they mean: you are allowed to have ANY opinion you want… so long as you agree with them. And if you don’t, the gloves are off. And it’s not just villification: they’ll resort quickly to threats. “Nice pension fund youse got dere. Be a shame if sumpin… happened… to it.”

    The other problem is that they’ve turned the Koch brothers into caricature villains, real Goldsteins. Until a few years ago – when lefties decided that they needed a corporate villain to replace Halliburton – I’d never heard of the Koch brothers, and I suspect that puts me in company with the vast majority of our people. Then, seeminly overnight, these two men were suddenly villified – universally villified – for every conceivable wickedness short of burning down an orphanage. Because they’ve been made into such boogeymen, naturally lefties respond with outrage at almost anything that they do: it MUST be evil. As Stan Brewer points out, the lefties did the same thing when Rush Limbaugh attempted the completely unobjectionable act of investing in a football team.

    Again, this is what lefties mean when they yap about tolerance: it’s tolerance for THEM, not for anybody else.

    • Brucehenry

      Replace the word “Soros” for “Koch brothers” and “wingnuts ” for “lefties” and you’ve got a mirror image in your above paragraph. Not that I endorse Koch-hatred, but Sorosphobia’s just as silly.

      ADDING: I doubt any right wing commenters here have ever spent more than 5 minutes watching Al Jazeera English. If they had they’d know better than to “take as given” what Huston vomits about it.

      • herddog505

        You may have a point:

        NBC, Pravda, al-Jazeera, Korea Central News Agency… Who can tell the difference? So, I suppose that one COULD get just as good news coverage (snicker) from AJ as from a US-based network, paper, or wire service. It might even be possible to get BETTER news from AJ than a US-based agency: AJ merely hates the United States; they haven’t also got a vested interest in propping up democrats.

        • Brucehenry

          Well, Warner couldn’t or wouldn’t do it — would you like to link to a news story from Al Jazeera that demonstrates its hatred of the US?

          • herddog505

            As I say, how could we tell the difference between an AJ piece and one from NBC?

          • Brucehenry

            So you got nothin’, too?

          • herddog505

            Yeah, pretty much. I also couldn’t name off the top of my head anything anti-Semitic in Der Sturmer or anti-American in Pravda.

            But I DID go to their website. Seems pretty mundane to me, and, in fairness, it looks rather more thorough and serious than the websites of some US-based agencies. In scrolling around, I don’t think I saw a single Kardashian.

          • Brucehenry

            In other words, you had never visited their website before today, or watched any of their programming, but had “taken as given” that they were everything Warner called them.

            Why is that, you reckon?

          • herddog505

            Memories that they always seemed to be Johnny-on-the-spot in Iraq whenever our guys got killed? That they were AQ’s favorite “outlet”? That some of their guys were arrested for working with AQ?

            Maybe they’ve gotten better. We shall see.

        • Commander_Chico

          Yeah, Koch and Soros-hate are mirror images.

          One good thing the Kochs did was fund a big neuroscience lab at MIT.

        • Commander_Chico

          The difference is that NBC and Al Jazeera would be in favor of the USA attacking Syria, Pravda and Korea Central opposed.

          Al Jazeera has a strong anti-Assad, anti-Iranian flavor, just like US MSM.

      • jim_m

        The difference is that conservatives point out Soros’ financial support of left wing political institutions whereas the left foams at the mouth about Koch brother’s astroturfing of the TEA party movement and assorted other bullshit that is the focus of black helicopter conspiracy theories (the kind of crap that Chico spews when he is talking about the oligarchy).

        There is real factual proof that Soros funds things like Media Matters and other left wing orgs (hell, he makes no secret of this support). There is little if any proof to the bs that the left rants on and on about with the Koch brothers and many of the positions ascribed to them are false.

        The fact is that al Jazeera is a foreign news operation and foreign news operations often take positions that are anti-American. The fact that al Jazeera is designed to appeal primarily to an islamic audience results in them taking such positions more frequently than many, if not most, foreign news orgs . Your denial of this basic truth makes you look like even more of an ignorant ass than usual.

        • Brucehenry

          If it happens so often let’s see a few.

          Oughta be easy. I’ll give ya 10 minutes.

          • jim_m

            I’m content to let you remain wallowing in ignorance.

          • Brucehenry

            In other words you got nothin’.

          • jim_m

            Fine then. al Jazeera has a history of putting on radical islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood. And here is a rather level headed critique from a professor at Ohio State

            Eric Nisbet, a communications professor at Ohio State University who has studied Arab media and anti-Americanism, says it’s important to distinguish between the English and Arabic channels of Al Jazeera. The English channel has a very cosmopolitan perspective and is staffed largely by former corespondents from the BBC and U.S. networks, he says.

            The Arabic channel, not surprisingly, is aimed squarely at an Arab audience and prides itself on giving voice to a wide range of perspectives from throughout the region. The result? At times it airs the views of extremists, “sometimes without challenging them as much as they should,” Nisbet says. “There are definitely some biases in that they are an Arabic channel for Arab audiences.”

            And yes, there is anti-Semitism, Nisbet adds. “Unfortunately in Arabic political discourse there is a great deal of anti-Semitism. The conversation there about Israel and American foreign policy is very different from our discourse in the U.S.”

            The point is that as I very reasonably said, their news operation is targeted toward a muslim audience and their reporting reflects that. Regardless of what the English channel provides it is still part of the parent islamic channel and cannot escape the connection and the political bias.

          • Brucehenry

            I guess I probably won’t watch Al Jazeera Arabic, then.
            Is that what’s being offered?

            And LOL, “At times it airs the views of extremists, sometimes without challenging them as much as they should.” First of all, should we not know what the views of extremists are? And “extremists” according to whom? Nisbet? And how much is “as much as they should”?

            Hell, FOX has Frank Gaffney on all the time. He’s what I call an “extremist” and I don’t think the anchors on FOX challenge him as much as they should. Does that make FOX traitors?

          • jim_m

            Jeez, Bruce, I give you a level headed commentary and you won’t even agree to that . You really are the closet anti-American apologist for the left bent on appeasing radical islamic terrorists at all costs aren’t you?

            [I figure if you don't like it when I am reasonable I might as well be as unreasonable as I can]

          • Brucehenry

            Well, see, Warner didn’t say that Al Jazeera might be a little biased or maybe not challenge extremists as much as they should. He said that they were anti-American, anti-Semitic, and any American who wanted to work for them would be a “traitor.” (One of his favorite words, applied to everyone from FDR Democrats to college-kid Occupy hipsters.)

            But no examples. And from you, just a block-quote of onew guy’s opinion.

          • jim_m

            You asked for something and I gave it to you. Quit your whining. There is little doubt of the anti-Semitism go show me anyone credible claiming that they are not.

          • Brucehenry

            I asked for examples, links to news stories, not block quotes of an opinion from who knows where.

          • jim_m

            Since you are being totally unreasonable and an uncritical and unthinking defender of islamism I will give you this link, where if you still retain any brain functions you will see that al Jazeera has had reporters jailed as operatives for al Qaeda and even has a correspondent detained at Guantanamo (alas, that is not his official news beat).

            It has also broadcast trutherism as legitimate. While you and certainly Chico would support this, the rest of the sentient world does not.

          • Brucehenry

            The Guantanamo guy has been convicted of nothing, at least not so’s you can tell from your link. The guy in Spain has several respectable defenders who insist he’s innocent.

            Having someone jailed is not the same as having convicted them of a crime, especially not in some of the countries your link talks about.

            Look, I’m sure Al Jazeera America will, in fact, show some bias, much as MSNBC or FOX does. But my main point was that, as always, Warner goes way over the top and says stuff even furher up the kookometer than even YOU are willing to go.

          • jim_m

            As to the guy in Spain… I hold no bill for their justice system as I think it is crap, however, you can always find idiots on the left who will protest for anyone who wants to kill westerners. Thousands of lefties in the US support convicted cop killer Mumia abu Jamal. So the notion that a few lefties support this guy is not impressive.

          • Brucehenry

            Neither is the fact that these guys were jailed in the first place. Governments can easily charge people with crimes when they wish to discredit them. Doesn’t mean they’re guilty of anything.

          • jim_m

            Should I take that comment to mean that you too support convicted cop killer Mumia abu-Jamal? You really think that he is a victim of persecution and that his conviction is false?

          • JWH

            This actually suggests to me that al-Jazeera America is not likely to report from an Islamist perspective. If they’re going to staff the place with BBC and American media alumni, it might not be that bad a channel.

          • jim_m

            One presumes that it could not be any further left than current, but that does not say much.

          • Commander_Chico

            It’s true that AJ English and AJ Arabic have different flavors. AJ Arabic is hardcore Gulf Arab Sunni.

            Gulf Arabs, indeed a lot of Arabs, have strong anti-Jewish biases borne of state propaganda and old conflicts. I love their reaction when I point out to them that Jews and Arabs are the most closely related of peoples.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            An excellent choice.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      When did the Koch brothers break the Bank of England?

      When were they convicted of insider trading?

      ADDING: We know our left wingers here have not removed their heads from the South end of their own alimentary canals in their lifetimes.

  • Commander_Chico

    Now remember, this is from the guy who called the U.S. Army Colonel presiding over the Guantanamo trials a “traitor.”

    All of this is only people exercising First Amendment activity – the Kochs, the LA Times journalists, Naomi Wolf. Even Warner displaying his authoritarian streak again.

    • herddog505

      Hold up for a minute: WARNER is exercising an “authoritarian streak”??? He isn’t the one threatening to quit if the nasty ol’ Koch brothers buy the LAT. He isn’t the one allegedly threatening pension funds if they support the Koch brothers’ effort.

      So near as I can tell, WTH doesn’t like AJ because he thinks that they are biased against the United States, just as many lefties don’t like FNC because they think that network is biased against everything Good and Decent and For The Children.

      If you want to gripe about authoritarianism, it seems to me that you’d be on his side in this, i.e. critical of the whining lefties who just can’t stomach the idea that the Koch brothers – people not reliably lefty – want to buy a newspaper.

      • Commander_Chico

        Where people work is an individual exercise of liberty. Just as how the Kochs spend their money.

        By throwing around the “traitor” epithet again, Warner implicitly calls for the use of state power against his political opponents. “Traitor” is one of those words used by dictators, when it refers to just speech.

        • herddog505

          While I agree that calling these people “traitor” is a little (ahem) excessive, I also think that it’s much more a figure of speech (you know: like “Betray-us”?) than a call to have people tried for treason.

          I also agree that people ought to be able to work where they please and buy and sell what they please. Too bad most lefties don’t see it that way, which is part of the point of the post.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Having sown the wind they have no grounds to bewail the whirlwind.

        • herddog505

          Well, well…

          If you want to oppose people advocating using the power of the government against political enemies, have I got a deal for you!

          No more due process in the clear-cut case of insidious terrorism. When the facts are so clearly before all Americans, for the whole world to see, why bother with this country’s odious and cumbersome system of justice? Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in their own mental squalor.

          No, no, no. Not the wannabe sick kid who blew up the Boston marathon or the freak that’s mailing ricin-laced letters to the president. I’m talking about the real terrorist threat here in America: the National Rifle Association.* [emphasis mine - hd505]

          The above was written by Dave Perry, editor of the Aurora Sentinel.

          More lefty tolerance and respect for the law on display.

          ====

          (*) http://www.aurorasentinel.com/opinion/perry-we-can-only-save-ourselves-from-kidnappers-at-the-nra/

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Progressive tolerance is a sight to behold…

          • herddog505

            When they let you see it, that is. They did so well covering up Gosnell…

          • Brucehenry

            LOL I read your linked piece. It sounds like Warner in Oppositeland.

          • Commander_Chico

            You can always find extremists on both sides. Two wrongs don’t make a right. And what Dave Perry says has nothing to do with me.

          • herddog505

            But don’t his words just make you itch to oppose his calls for using the power of government against his political opponents?

            Or does that itch only crop up when it’s nasty ol’ Republican chickenhawks like Warner?

  • JWH

    Honestly … maybe it’s time to stop foaming at the mouth.

    The Koch brothers could, indeed, buy the Tribune newspapers and turn them into mouthpieces for a far-right viewpoint. They could buy the newspapers as an investment and try to squeeze every last cent they can out of them before selling them to the next sucker who comes along. Or they might take a hands-off approach to the papers, installing a few people on the business side and leaving the news side alone. The problem is … WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WILL DO. I say give them a chance.

    As for al-Jazeera America. It could turn into a mouthpiece for the Qutari royal family. It could deliver BBC-style journalism. It could be a new Fox News, MSNBC, or anything else. But WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WILL BE. Seems to me that it’s better to wait and see what they are before judging them.

    • jim_m

      The problem is that the loudest part of the left says that the Koch brothers should not be given that chance but that al Jazeera is fine no matter what they say and even better if they prove to be anti-American.

    • herddog505

      If they are hiring from US and British agencies, my guess is that the result will be rather closer to MSNBC than FNC.

      But, as you say, we shall see.

      • Commander_Chico

        You can watch right now.

        http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now/

        I spend a lot of time where AJE is in the hotels or workplace. They have some good stuff, some crap. I saw a series on Muslims in America that could have been produced by the old US Information Agency, it was so positive on the freedom and tolerance in the USA.

        On the other hand, a few days ago I saw a documentary on the “Seven Sisters,” the major Western oil companies, that was so outdated and biased it was pathetic (ignored the rise of major state-owned OCs like Lukoil, Petrobras, CNOOC, Petronas).

        The main bias I see is the beating of the war drums over Syria, but that is the same as Amanpour, Wolf Blitzer and Fox News. It might be a little more sinister because AJE is ultimately controlled by the Emir of Qatar, who is a leader in the Sunni fight against Shia Iran.

    • JWH

      Actually, now that I think about it, if the Koch brothers are about to buy your newspaper, you probably should circulate your resume. Not because of the “If they buy this paper, I WILL QUIT!!” factor, but because when your employer is on the auction block, it’s best to start exploring other options.

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