This just says it all. The global terror network devised and operated by Osama bin Laden apparently isn’t that displeased with the type of news coverage they receive from American media. In fact, they’re downright impressed with most of them.
Osama bin Laden pondered the merits of US television news channels as he considered how to extract the best propaganda benefit from the tenth anniversary of 9/11 last year, and concluded that CBS was "close to being unbiased".
But an American-born media adviser for al-Qaeda warned Bin Laden to beware of the broadcasters' "cunning methods" as he described Fox News as a channel in the "abyss" that should "die in anger", CNN as too close to the US government and MSNBC as questionable after it fired one of its most prominent presenters, Keith Olbermann.
In a memorandum made public by the US military's Combating Terrorism Center on Thursday, Bin Laden asked for advice on exploiting the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
I simply can’t imagine being Keith Olbermann and waking up to this news. I can’t imagine being the head of CBS News or being Katie Couric and reading this story. Think of what this says. It puts into plain English what conservatives have been saying about the anti-American, far left nonsense that has been a mainstay on the mainstream news outlets for decades.
Here you have the most virulently hostile terrorist organization in the world – responsible for the horrific murders of thousands of American citizens and thousands more innocents worldwide. And they are praising the majority of the liberal media, and only expressing concern about them when those networks fire their more liberal commentators like Keith Olbermann. Translation: in the eyes of al-Qaeda, the more liberal the network, the better. That’s something every liberal can be proud of, isn’t it?
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Here’s more detail:
A US-born al-Qaida spokesman, Adam Gadahn, wrote back to Bin Laden laying the merits or otherwise of using US news stations to mark the "Manhattan battle" as it is referred to in the memo.
Fox News is dismissed because it "falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks neutrality too".
"I used to think that MSNBC channel may be good and neutral a bit, but is has lately fired two of the most famous journalists – Keith Olbermann and Octavia Nasser the Lebanese," wrote Gadahn.
In fact, Nasser was sacked from CNN after she sent a tweet mourning the death of a Hezbollah leader. Olbermann was dismissed for making financial donations to Democratic party politicians.
CNN is questioned, although its Arabic "version brings good and detailed reports".
"As for the neutrality of CNN in English, it seems to be in cooperation with the government more than the others (except Fox News of course)," he said.
Gadhan describes ABC as "all right.”
"In general, and no matter what material we send, I suggest that we should distribute it to more than one channel, so that there will be healthy competition between the channels in broadcasting the material, so that no other channel takes the lead. It should be sent for example to ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN and maybe PBS and VOA. As for Fox News, let her die in her anger."
Perhaps ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN or PBS might want to pick that up as a slogan: “CBS: Al-Qaeda’s Favorite Network.” Or “ABC: Bin Laden’s Most Trusted News Network.” Or, “PBS, Allahu Akbar.”
Maybe this is further evidence why liberals try so hard to avoid publicly acknowledging that they are liberals. As a conservative, I have no problem letting everyone know. I guess I continue to struggle in understanding how if liberals feel shame about what they are, why don’t they take steps to change what they are?
In the meantime, a big congratulations goes out to Keith Olbermann. After getting canned by yet another network (one that no one but Al Gore apparently watches), the golden bin Laden trophy on his mantle will surely boost his spirits.