Shocker: Al-Jazeera has an anti-American bias!

posted at 11:56 am on March 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

David Marash made headlines when he joined Al-Jazeera in March 2006. At the time, the American reporter promised nine months later that A-Jazeera in English would not be the same as the Arabic network that built its reputation by airing Osama bin Laden propaganda. He rejoiced in his liberation from “blonde of the month” stories.

Now Marash has quit Al-Jazeera after discovering — get ready to be shocked — an anti-American bias! And it didn’t come from the Arabs, either:

Former “Nightline” reporter Dave Marash has quit Al-Jazeera English, saying Thursday his exit was due in part to an anti-American bias at a network that is little seen in this country.

Marash said he felt that attitude more from British administrators than Arabs at the Qatar-based network.

Marash was the highest-profile American TV personality hired when the English language affiliate to Al-Jazeera was started two years ago in an attempt to compete with CNN and the BBC. He said there was a “reflexive adversarial editorial stance” against Americans at Al-Jazeera English.

“Given the global feelings about the Bush administration, it’s not surprising,” Marash said.

But he found it “became so stereotypical, so reflexive” that he got angry.

Who’d have guessed this? Al-Jazeera, angry and stereotypical? I wonder why Osama picked it for his propaganda.

When Marash took the job, his colleagues asked him repeatedly why he would go to work for Al-Jazeera. Perhaps he should have listened to them a little more closely.

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Ya think? I remember when he took that job and was saying how he wanted it to be balanced. Yeah, nice try man, and I’m sure you did try. You just can’t reason with these animals.

Geronimo on March 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM

anti-American bias!?

I’m gonna need some kind of proof to believe this.. /sarcasm

Chakra Hammer on March 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM

On his first day there the Al Jezeera sign fell off the wall revealing the old BBC sign, so…

Akzed on March 28, 2008 at 12:02 PM

It took him that long to figure out Al Jezeer is anti American, Anti Christian and Anti Western. David Marash needs to get out of profession Journalism and into something less demanding.

jdun on March 28, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Is there anything less demanding than MSM journalism, if you stick to politically correct views?

Right_of_Attila on March 28, 2008 at 12:11 PM

The British more anti-American than the Arabs? You could’ve knocked me over with a 16 ton weight. The European intelligentsia is close-minded anti-liberty.

rbj on March 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Now, he needs to join Trinity Church and see how long it takes him to discover Anti-Americanism there.

faraway on March 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

How do you say, “Thank you, Captain Obvious!” in Arabic?

JasonG on March 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

It took him that long to figure out Al Jezeer is anti American, Anti Christian and Anti Western. David Marash needs to get out of profession Journalism and into something less demanding.

jdun on March 28, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Real Men of Genius(Bud Light)

Chakra Hammer on March 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Avi Lewis, the Canadian Marxist just went to work for Al-Jazeera.

Hilts on March 28, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Well as the story suggests there was more to his leaving than any ‘anti-American’ bias at the network. The network has more than a few contractual disputes and more senior people than this have also recently left.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/mar/26/television1

lexhamfox on March 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

to an anti-American bias at a network that is little seen in this country.

I’m calling BS. He must have quit because of a bias against him and not America. He went to work there because his views were the same as thier views. To anyone in the US who has a brain it wasn’t necessary to go to work for the enemy to see they don’t like us. marash left because of something personal not because of his patriotism or nonexistant journalistic integrity.

peacenprosperity on March 28, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Anti-American bias???? No, No….please NO!!!! I am shocked, shocked I tell you! How can this be from the “tolerant, peaceful folks that follow Islam.

sharinlite on March 28, 2008 at 12:27 PM

I am proud of Marash. Deep inside that reporter’s soul still beats the heart of an American. Good job.

tommylotto on March 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Deep inside that reporter’s soul still beats the heart of an American

Baloney.

peacenprosperity on March 28, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Shocker: Al-Jazeera has an anti-American bias!

Er duh, where has this David moron been living, under a fargin rock?!?!? Wait, what am I say, no he hasn’t been living under a rock, he’s been living in the same moonbat cave with all the other moonbat liberal apologists of fascist Islam…yeah, that’s it!

Liberty or Death on March 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

“Given the global feelings about the Bush administration, it’s not surprising,” Marash said.

He’s a leftist douchebag. I am certain this was more about respect and turf and the usual small-stakes crap that these prima donas fight about than any perceived anti-American bias. As this statement shows, Marash is fine with leftist, BDS crap.

Jaibones on March 28, 2008 at 12:37 PM

I am proud of Marash. Deep inside that reporter’s soul still beats the heart of an American. Good job.

tommylotto on March 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

double baloney.
marsh is marxist that must have finally become embarrassed that he was working with and for the enemy.

jimmer on March 28, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Well as the story suggests there was more to his leaving than any ‘anti-American’ bias at the network. The network has more than a few contractual disputes and more senior people than this have also recently left.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/mar/26/television1

lexhamfox on March 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

LOL, relying on the far-left Guardian to report this story objectively is like asking the NY Times to do so.

http://tvdecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/27/american-anchor-quits-al-jazeera/?ref=media

I notice in doing a Google news search on this story that the majority of the ‘news outlets” that ran it totally ignored Marash’s anti-American charge. Too funny!

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

“Given the global feelings about the Bush administration, it’s not surprising,” Marash said.

So, dave, when muslims threw that old jewish guy off the achille lauro or murdered that navy diver flying home on leave it was in anticipation of the election and actions of George Bush.

Things are much clearer with brilliant “journalists” around to enlighten us.

peacenprosperity on March 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

embarrassed that he was working with and for peanuts for the enemy.

peacenprosperity on March 28, 2008 at 12:46 PM

I have watched Al Jazeera and the BBC back to back and I reckon they are about the same.

They are both equally anti-American. The BBC can bore you to tears with leftist cant, EU propaganda, and global warming-cooling-climate change fantasies whilst Al Jazeera bores you to tears with stories from Couldn’tGiveAMonkeysIstan in Eastern Bhutan lauding the Islamic world’s brave steps towards 12th century women’s rights.

On balance I tend to find the BBC a little more offensive as the ‘enemy within’. It does have its moments though. When Barbara Plett of the BBC wept at Arafat’s funeral you had to laugh at how brazen they are these days.

Ares on March 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Yup, some people really are that stooopid!
As for the President Bush bash, well Marash couldn’t blame his own stupidity on himself now could he?

shooter on March 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM

wow…can’t put one over on that guy!

wildweasel on March 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

peacenprosperity on March 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Great point but the tin foil crowd is too set in their ideology to recognize that fact.

brtex on March 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Dave really needs to go back to being Marv Albert’s replacement doing Knicks and Rangers play-by-play broadcasts like he was 35 years ago.

jon1979 on March 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Here are your winnings, Capitaine Captain Obvious…

Can you say er duh…!

Liberty or Death on March 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Real Men of Genius(Bud Light)

Chakra Hammer on March 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

heh, appropriate for this self-serving moron…I love those commercials!

Liberty or Death on March 28, 2008 at 2:05 PM

At the time, the American reporter promised nine months later that A-Jazeera in English would not be the same as the Arabic network that built its reputation by airing Osama bin Laden propaganda.

Am I reading this right?

“Nine months later?”

It reminds of the story I posted yesterday about a pregnant transsexual man.

Um, nah, it’s not David Marash.

Indy Conservative on March 28, 2008 at 2:07 PM

I am trying to decide what network is more anti-Israel and more anti-semetic: Is it Al-Jazeera or the BBC or is it a tie?

Caryson on March 28, 2008 at 2:51 PM

lol, the British

This doesn’t surprise me. The British are already the most hated people in the Middle East right after the Jews. It wouldn’t shock me at all if there was an organized British effort to make America look even worse only to shield their own country from the top of the hate list.

gabriel sutherland on March 28, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Al Jazeera un-American? Whodathunkit? David Marash is one lucky investigative journalist to break this story. The bias was just so cleverly hidden nobody could see it.

Tantor on March 28, 2008 at 4:17 PM