I’m a little pissed off, Big Guy. Israel made a simple request that foreign journalists stay the fuck out of Gaza while Israel was conducting its attitude-adjustment campaign. After all, this is a private matter between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Western journalists, being the subservient lot that they are, bowed and complied.
So what’s the story with Al Jazeera? Do they think journalism is still about telling the truth?
I was very disturbed when I came across the following clip from one of their programs:
My God, George, what would have happened if we’d shown newsreels of German children incinerated by our fire bombings during World War II? The moral outrage would have forced us out of the war before victory could be achieved, just as it did in Vietnam.
Somebody should pull Al Jazeera aside and explain to it that new-age journalism is not about facts, but is about propaganda. Today’s journalist is a de facto state official whose sole function is to cheerlead for the state’s policies, no matter how demented they are.
It’s not fair to the public to upset their languorous apathy with disturbing images of wounded children.
It would do much for freedom and democracy if you would arrange to have their English website blocked. You can find their site here: http://english.aljazeera.net/. Have the boys at NSA get on it right away.