The most pro-White House U.S. media outlet according to Al Qaeda is…

posted at 2:01 pm on May 3, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

A limited series of writings from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad were declassified and released today by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. You can peruse the entire release here, but Byron York on Twitter flagged what is likely to garner the most attention in conservative media circles. With their top leadership holed up in compounds and caves throughout Pakistan, I guess they have a lot of time to watch and analyze the news. This doesn’t appear to be from Bin Laden, but rather an Al-Qaeda media flack preparing analysis for “the Shayk”. But whoever he is (Adam Gadahn maybe?) he seems to have a pretty decent understanding of the U.S. media landscape.

From the professional point of view, they 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 two of the most famous journalists –Keith Olberman and Octavia Nasser the Lebanese – because they released some statements that were open for argument…

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.

The bit about Fox News leaked out a month or so ago, but as far as I know the rest of this is new. Something tells me the folks over at Fox don’t mind that they are media enemy number one as far as Al Qaeda is concerned, nor do they probably mind that they aren’t perceived as “in cooperation” with the U.S. government. That glorious distinction belongs to CNN, which is embarrassing enough. But perhaps even more troubling is Al Qaeda’s praise of their Arabic language channel for essentially re-broadcasting Al Qaeda press releases. Well, they are the “Worldwide Leader in News”…and Al Qaeda propaganda probably draws high ratings in some corners of the world.

ABC was also singled out for a bit of praise, but for the general quality of their journalism. At least that’s how I read this, so they earn a pass in my book.

The real loser of course is MSNBC, which has worked so very hard to align themselves with this Administration. “Cooperation” is not a strong enough word to describe the amount of water-carrying they do for the White House, and the President even swiped their tagline for his re-election campaign. This news must be absolutely devastating for them, but then I guess that’s what they get for firing the most important person in the history of news reading.


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I heard Beck say they were upset by the firing of Olberman…I thought he was joking.

Holy God, is this the perfect answer for Romney people to not talk to certain outlets.

budfox on May 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The real loser of course is MSNBC, which has worked so very hard to align themselves with this Administration.

Is that what you call inserting yourself into Zero’s rectum?

OhEssYouCowboys on May 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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 Olberman and Octavia Nasser the Lebanese – because they released some statements that were open for argument…

Octavia Nasser is so famous I had to google to learn who the hell she is.

radjah shelduck on May 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

All these channels are available in Pakistan?

bernverdnardo1 on May 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

At least this will create some positive buzz for KO’s most recent job search.

rw on May 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

At first I thought this must be too recent for having been found at Casa Osama, but then I realized this was *two* firings ago for Olby. So hard to keep track at the speed with which he burns through relationships. Hope his new gig on Ithaca public access channel 716 works out better for him.

SoRight on May 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Didn’t CNN have a deal with Baghdad Bob..?/

d1carter on May 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

rw on May 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Al Jazeera might be a good prospect for him…

d1carter on May 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

CNN must be so proud. Can hardly wait to see Wolfman Blitzed flog this story later on in “The O’bama Fluffing Room”.

They’re still THE Most Busted Name in News.

Del Dolemonte on May 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Didn’t CNN have a deal with Baghdad Bob..?/

d1carter on May 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

No, just with Baghdad itself. CNN promised Saddam Hussein that they would totally ignore all of his atrocities against his own people, solely so they could keep their Bureau in Badgag open.

And they kept that promise for a full decade.

Del Dolemonte on May 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM

This news must be absolutely devastating for them, but then I guess that’s what they get for firing the most important person in the history of news reading.

Joe and Mika hardest hit.

Only God knows the reality, as I am not really in a position to do so.

Jay Carney should use this one more often.

Happy Nomad on May 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Well, when nearly all of the Republicans in and out of government run for the blessing of Roger Ailes I guess they might have a point

joey24007 on May 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmm……….maybe Keefums can get a job with AQ.

But I hear their ‘retirement’ program sucks!

GarandFan on May 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

All these channels are available in Pakistan?

bernverdnardo1 on May 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

By satellite, yes. Theirs are too, on C-Band and Ku band.

ABC should be proud.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Well, when nearly all of the Republicans Democrats in and out of government run pucker up for the blessing of Roger Ailes the White House I guess they might have a point

joey24007 on May 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

hey if you’re not going to use a sarc tag you ought to fix the text at least

DanMan on May 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

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).

I’m actually not sure what the correct interpretation of this is. Morgen interprets it to mean that CNN cooperates with the government more than the other networks, except Fox, which does not cooperate with the government.

Alternately, the case could be made that what he means is that CNN cooperates with the government more than the other networks, except Fox, which cooperates with the government as much as CNN does.

It hinges, I think on what he means by

From the professional point of view, they are all on one level-except (Fox News) channel which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks neutrality too.

Using the typical left-wing view, Fox “lacks neutrality” because it doesn’t parrot WH talking points. Under this view, Fox and the government are natural antagonists and hence Fox can be expected not to cooperate with the government.

For al-Qaeda, on the other hand, he could mean that Fox “lacks neutrality” because they are unambiguously pro-American when it comes to the War on Terror. Since the Obama administration is the one conducting said war, Fox and the government are natural allies and hence Fox can be expected to cooperate with the government.

I’m not sure if the distinction matters that much, but I thought I’d point out another way of parsing this.

sadarj on May 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Olby is laughing his butt off now

cmsinaz on May 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

That OBL could even thaink about using an American News company to help broadcast AQ bs does not say much about the status of our news broadcasters, huh ?

Jabberwock on May 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Well, when nearly all of the Republicans in and out of government run for the blessing of Roger Ailes I guess they might have a point

joey24007 on May 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

joey24006 was much funnier.

Smarter, too.

F- (F for Faux News, of course!)

Del Dolemonte on May 3, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Well, now you know who not to give press passes too.
Romney people can point to organizations, as to why they don’t need to belong in press confrences. Limited space…doesn’t need to go to space cadets!

KOOLAID2 on May 3, 2012 at 2:26 PM

The real loser of course is MSNBC, which has worked so very hard to align themselves with this Administration. “Cooperation” is not a strong enough word to describe the amount of water-carrying they do for the White House, and the President even swiped their tagline for his re-election campaign.

Al-Qaeda was upset about Chris Matthews’ leg-tingling for Obama. Homosexuality is a serious sin for the followers of Allah’s only prophet.

Steve Z on May 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

When was this memo written? It could have been during the previous administration.

Client Number Nine on May 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

When was this memo written? It could have been during the previous administration.

Client Number Nine on May 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The memo references Olberman being fired by MSNBC, so it’s at least as recent as that.

sadarj on May 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Shaykh Olby wasn’t really pro AQ, he was just a foaming at the mouth Dubya hater.

AQ’s standards predictably low, shocka.

CorporatePiggy on May 3, 2012 at 2:39 PM

And there’s this…

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.

farsighted on May 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Surprising that these guys would watch that much American news. I think MSLSD needs to rush out and get Olbermann back – so they can get themselves some al Qaeda love!

TarheelBen on May 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM

From the professional point of view, they are all on one level-except (Fox News) channel which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks neutrality too.

So, according to this jihadi’s “professional POV”, Fox News does not cater to our Central Government’s narrative and therefore lacks the ability to sympathize with our enemies.

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL A BADGE OF HONOR!

Rovin on May 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM

How was he watching all those US stateside TV news channels?
No way can he see them all….unless he has some secret cable or satellite connection that maybe someone can share here.

albill on May 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

They didn’t really criticize anybody else. According to al Qaida, all the other media outlets are pretty much tied as their biggest allies.

logis on May 3, 2012 at 3:02 PM

How was he watching all those US stateside TV news channels?
No way can he see them all….unless he has some secret cable or satellite connection that maybe someone can share here.

albill on May 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Don’t you have a remote to change channels? I mean I watch more than one station.

D-fusit on May 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

“Cooperation” is not a strong enough word to describe the amount of water-carrying they do for the White House, and the President even swiped their tagline for his re-election campaign.

Not exactly…

Forward, March! – Marching Through Avanti, Vorwärts, вперед, 进, Adelante, Forward

Resist We Much on May 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Not exactly…

Forward, March! – Marching Through Avanti, Vorwärts, вперед, 进, Adelante, Forward

Resist We Much on May 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM

OMG! It’s a cookbook!

Rovin on May 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

A perfect campaign slogan for Romney ” Even the guys in caves know the main stream media is biased”

Sticky Wicket on May 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

More good news about the c(lowns)n(itwits and socialist)n(attering nabobs) network….

In April, 2012, CNN delivered its lowest-rated month in total day in over a decade, since August 2001, the month before the September 11 attacks. The once-dominant cable news network posted decade-lows among both total viewers (357,000) and Adults 25-54 (108,000). Versus April last year, CNN was down 21% in total viewers and 29% in 25-54. In comparison, leader Fox News was up 2% in total viewers (1.1 million) and 1% in 25-54 (273,000) and No.2 MSNBC was flat in total viewers (425,000) and down 5% in 25-54 (139,000).

TeaPartyNation on May 3, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Speaking of CNN, I think this feller will be looking for another job soon.

CNN Anchor blast Obama

http://conservativebyte.com/2012/04/wow-cnn-anchor-turns-on-obama/

Rovin on May 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

CNN the most trusted name in news*

* Among goat sodomizers living in Pakistani caves

Smedley on May 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

OMG! It’s a cookbook!

Rovin on May 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

It’s pretty stupid to use a slogan that has been tied up with Communism, Fascism, and Socialism for 150 years. As I demonstrate, it is a well-used term and could not have been an accident unless the people in the campaign are just braindead.

Sorry, if it doesn’t bother you, but Tony Blair’s used “Forward” for his slogan in his campaign for his 3rd term, which was completed by Gordon Brown and ended on this note…literally:

“Dear Chief Secretary (to incoming David Laws of the Coalition after Labour lost), I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left. Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne”

So, I’m a little sensitive to Progs demanding people go “Forward!” Forward = Dead broke.

Resist We Much on May 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Ah, to be in the good graces of terrorists. What an achievement. The rest of the liberal media better get to work!

BruthaMan on May 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Resist We Much on May 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

You left a great link to explain everything RWM. (I plan on using it often.) Did you hear that the Obama admin. has been “scrubbing” wikipedia’s information on the word “Forward” and the reference to the Obama campaign slogan?

Rovin on May 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Rovin on May 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Yes, I heard that they have, which is one reason that I am putting together mine. I just put up another page (follow the continues). I have more, but it is getting veeerrry late here so I am going to sleep. I’ll post more tomorrow, but go ahead and look at IV, if you’d like.

Resist We Much on May 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Mayyhew Sheffield @ NewsBusters has a great piece on this.

Money Quote:

You really have to feel for Olbermann. On the one hand, he’s held in higher esteem as a journalist than FOX News. On the other hand, the endorsement comes from the spokesman for a collection of people who truly are among the Worst Persons in the World.

Del Dolemonte on May 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Wolfie on CNN seems to be ignoring this Inconvenient Truth on his Cartoon Show for Leftists this afternoon.

Right now, Hack Cafferty is breathlessly flogging an al-Reuters “Poll” that claims that millions, if not billions, of people believe the World will End while they are alive.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Del Dolemonte on May 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The network that al Qaeda rates as most in line with the White House is also the network that it rates as most favorable to al Qaeda, and it states this as if it is an obvious corollary. Wow. It has always been that obvious to me, but it is an eye opener to see that it is obvious to al Qaeda as well. They know that they have an ally in the White House. Obama doesn’t sing the Shahada or bow to the Saudi King for nothing. Kicking out Mubarak to make way for the Muslim Brotherhood was no accident.

Alec on May 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM