Big breaking news tonight as the AP rustles up a scoop that was stale when the Times wrote about it four months ago. Long story short, jihadis are posting stuff faster than YouTube can take it down. The one interesting bit:
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the United States accused the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera of giving a propaganda platform to al-Qaida for broadcasting videos in which bin Laden justified the attacks. The failure of American counterterrorism officials to now move against U.S. companies also displaying martyrdom videos shows a lack of fairness, said Ahmed Sheikh, Al-Jazeera’s editor in chief.
“It’s really hypocritical and unbelievable,” Sheikh said.
Someone sent me the link tonight to a clip by a guy named Nick Gisburne, an atheist in the UK who specializes in video critiques of Islam, Christianity, etc. He claims his account was deleted and all of his content summarily approved after the following exercise in quotation outraged the perpetually outraged set. As Gisburne points out, the only original content in the piece is the title; everything else is straight from the Koran (or rather, the Skeptic’s Annotated Quran).
Needless to say, this sounds familiar.
Someone re-posted the clip for him after YouTube yanked it. It gets tedious quickly and the text flashes by too fast, but it’s worth posting in solidarity, from one persona non grata to another. Beneath it you’ll find a video of Gisburne himself talking about having his account cancelled. It’s oddly compelling; the hurt is evident, which is silly in one sense and not at all in another.
Update: Here’s Gisburne’s website.