Bin Laden’s Favorite Journalists

al-Qaeda’s man at the New Yorker Magazine.


From yesterday’s release of al-Qaeda documents captured at Chez bin Laden in Pakistan and said to be the work of Adam Gadahn (al-Qaeda’s American spokesman):

…From the professional point of view, they [TV networks] are all on one level– except (Fox News) channel which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks neutrality too. 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). Its Arabic version brings good and detailed reports about al-Sahab releases, with a lot of quotations from the original text. That means they copy directly from the releases or its gist. It is not like what other channels and sites do, copying from news agencies like Reuters, AP and others.

I used to think that MSNBC channel may be good and neutral a bit, but is has lately fired …Keith Olberman

CBS channel was mentioned by the Shaykh, I see that it is like the other channels, but it has a famous program (60 Minutes) that has some popularity and a good reputation for its long broadcasting time. Only God knows the reality, as I am not really in a position to do so. ABC channel is all right; actually it could be one of the best channels, as far as we are concerned. It is interested in al-Qa’ida issues, particularly the journalist Brian Ross, who is specialized in terrorism. The channel is still proud for its interview with the Shaykh. It also broadcasted excerpts from a speech of mine on the fourth anniversary, it also published most of that text on its site on the internet…

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…

I suggest that we send the material-or materials-to a group of writers and professional or independent journalists, who have shown interest in al-Qa’ida issues, from different countries. In Britain, the two journalists Atwan and Fisk, and probably others, in America Brian Ross, Simon Hirsh [Seymour Hersh?] … In Europe, the Norwegian journalist who spent some time with the students in Kroner and released a film that was condemned in the West because he shows that the students are humans that have families and children and that they laugh and eat as the rest of the people…[emphasis mine]

So let’s see…al-Qaeda hates Fox News, thinks less of MSNBC for firing Keith Olbermann (What, they don’t like Rachel Maddow? Sexists and homophobes!), thinks CNN is a government mouthpiece (sounds right to me), and loves New Yorker Magazine anti-American Seymour Hersh.

Maybe I’m off base here, but aren’t those the views (except for the CNN thing) of the average “progressive,” NPR addicted Obama supporter?

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