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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Al-Jazeera's Back-Door: CBC Newsworld
As part of its 7-8pm International news digest "Around the World", CBC Newsworld has begun airing reports from Al-Jazeera's English news service. Honest Reporting Canada's Mike Fegelman has a great piece on this phenomenon, and an analysis of a recent greatly-biased report from Al-Jazeera's Jacky Rowland, here: "CBC Whitewashes Palestinian Prisoners" . You can watch the segment as broadcast by CBC here:
Fegelman's article includes the e-mail address to CBC's audience relations department ([email protected]) and a call-to-action to protest this type of programming. I highly encourage everyone to act, to ensure Al-Jazeera doesn't push through the mainstream opening it's made for itself by getting its foot in the door at the CBC.
(Cross-posted at Flaggman's Canada)
Posted by Neil Flagg on October 30, 2007 | Permalink
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I sent this piece on to the Shotgun from "Honest Reporting" Toronto, New York and Tel Aviv which I subscribe to -nothing which the CBC does surprises me -best thing Harper's New Conservative Government could do during it's hopefully long mandate is
terminate the CBC -MacLeod
Posted by: Jasck Macleod | 2007-10-30 10:07:36 AM
The video is extremely troubling in it's tone. Also in the fact that the CBC logo appears in the corner during the entire piece, and not Al-Jazeerea's.
One part I find comical is the interview with Ashraf Ajrami, the Minister of Palistinian Prisoner Affairs. How do they come up with these titles? What's in his resume that qualifies him for this job? Almost as whacky as Minister of Multiculturalism.
Posted by: dph | 2007-10-30 10:11:23 AM
Since nobody is watching CBC Snoozeworld anyhow, I guess they figure its okay to go after the jihadi audience. Can I get my money back now?
Posted by: philanthropist | 2007-10-30 10:30:41 AM
The prisoners tore apart their prison, and one prisoner died. Had this occurred anywhere else in the world--would there have been only one death?
Furthermore, every single family has someone who has been in jail, after committing a crime or series of crimes. What does that say about the population in general?
It tells me, these people must be kept OUT OF CANADA! These people are a danger there, and anywhere. The Israeli jail system is not much different from Canada's--yet the Palestinian system is very different. In fact--women who are murdered by their families, after being accussed of simply looking in the general direction of a man whom they are not related to, are regularily killed--and no justice is met.
As for CBCjihad--they are what they are. I, for one, do not want a single penny of my taxes going to support terrorist indoctrination in our media. And now, more than ever before, we have proof positive regarding their support of shariah societies who would parade like that against us.
Could you imagine people parading in the streets in Canada for prisoners to be released?
How would you like it if a prison full of murderors, rapists and pedophiles was released into your neighborhood?
Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-30 10:49:15 AM
There you go, it's official, CBC is now catering to the jihadis in our midst? It's about time the Conservative government puts a stop to this outrageous, dangerous, owned by the taxpayers network. Who the hell does the CBC head honcho have to answer to?
It will certainly embolden the terrorist sympathizers who are here enjoying all the freebies Canada offers as well as safety to breed more terrorists.
We have old lady Khadr, shrouded in black from head to toe begging for even more of our help in
getting her murderous spawns back on our streets, the CBC will no doubt play to her sensibilities as well.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-10-30 11:08:02 AM
"The Israeli jail system is not much different from Canada's"
Posted by: Marc | 2007-10-30 11:15:45 AM
"The Israeli jail system is not much different from Canada's"
Posted by: Marc | 2007-10-30 11:17:18 AM
You are bang on--except in relation to her being a lady--she is not--never has been--nor ever will be considered on!
In comparison, Britney Spears is a real dame compared to that hunk of loathsome junk.
In general, I have to say, get the terrorists OUT!
Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-30 11:25:21 AM
Siding with terrorists and their scum familes Marc?
Siding with pedophiles, rapists, murderors, and the like?
That is definately NOT a position I would ever take--not in a million years. However, since your scruples rank low enough--no doubt you will relish in taking up the podium for that cause. Sure, what you really want is to wrestle with a jewish Lady--because---SIGH---the goods in your location--well--they know how to giggle and wear ho-ho clothes, and that's about it! Brains they have not!
So, you jump at the occassion of picking a fight, where the brains are curiously imaginative, while your own life pails in comparison.
Tragic, but not my problem.
I know that you don't.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-30 11:30:55 AM
"Siding with terrorists and their scum familes Marc?"
"Sure, what you really want is to wrestle with a jewish Lady"
I know and appreciates Jewish Ladies.
Sorry but, you are about as "Jewish" as you're a "Lady".
"I know that you don't."
Posted by: Marc | 2007-10-30 12:03:34 PM
This Arab TV network is well known and documented as another tool spreading jihadist ideology, so one has to wonder why it is allowed in the US and Canada.
It is interesting that for the longest time Canada banned EWTN, an American Catholic network. Even though I am not Catholic, the ban was unbelievable, since the only other country with such a ban at the time was Cuba. It seems EWTN was considered "not balanced" since it did not support things like abortion on demand, SSM, etc. Now we give free rein to an enemy network spreading hatred.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-10-30 1:34:18 PM
Truth be known Alain, truth be known.
Back then, cause Cuba did not like it--socialists!--Canada followed...wierdness, true wierdness.
Back then all religion was BAD--and how we ended up with a Constitution that defends a person's right to their own religion is incredible since back then, what they meant by religion, was that Micky-dees fast-food style.
And now, they are going all gung-ho with a vision that is remarkably as anti-any-human-rights as any could get. Of course, they believed the line--"we come in peace"...crazy--just simply crazy!
Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-30 2:06:12 PM
That's what moral relativism gets you. Thank the Leftoid university professors for making this palatable.
Posted by: obc | 2007-10-30 2:10:03 PM
In my neck of the woods, Jewish Ladies speak loud and clear.
And I am right--you are chicken!
Either that or a pheasant plucker, just sittin plucking pheasants, till the pheasant plucker comes... (say that as fast as you can and ten times over.) (Gd bless the Irish).
You took the terrorist side through your indifference, "Who cares...?"
Well, anyone who is paying attention, cares. Even if they love pork and beans and hate halvah; could nopt care less whether their meat is kosher; there are many who are paying attention, and care because they care about their own world...Canada..the free world...their democracy...what their momma raised them in...and maybe just the freedom to go out and about as we do in the free world.
And those who do not care, are either not paying attention, either not seeing it as their problem, or are unaware that first they come for the Saturday people, yet they are not Saturday people, so they just minds their own business is all! Or, they are preparing a place for themselves, where where we are, they will change, so that what we are, is no more--that means you too buddy.
As for your perception of Jewish Ladies, you must not be hanging around with Ladies at all--or making them out to be that which they are not--like guys marrying Oriental women, thinking they will have their bedroom slippers, Geishe, tea, massage and dinner prepared for them everyday--while waking up to find out they married dragon ladies.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-30 2:19:03 PM
"the goods in your location--well--they know how to giggle and wear ho-ho clothes, and that's about it! Brains they have not!"
Are you sure you're not an Islamist...?
You sound perfect for the job.
You're not friendly to our society that's the only thing from this little chat that is important for me.
I know you, we have a local society debate about you.
I know that you don't."
Try to stay focus.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-10-30 3:17:27 PM
This is absolutely fantastic.
Al Jazeera is one of the most outspoken and respected journalistic institutions which recently was voted the fifth most recognized brand in the world.
I think the whole point of having freedom of expression and a free and independent media is to have different points of view and different sides of the story making it on to the mainstream and allowing all sides to have their story told.
I think it is absolutely commendable that CBC is encouraging foreign TV stations, including, but not exclusively al Jazeera to introduce world affairs through their own eyes. I hope in the future we will have the chance to see many more al Jazeera reports on CBC.
I plan on sending an email to CBC to congratulate them. Kudos to al Jazeera, CBC and of course the courageous Jacky Rowland.
As for those who dislike al Jazeera, I have a simple solution - do not watch it.
Posted by: SAS | 2007-10-30 5:12:55 PM
There is no longer any logical reason for the continued existence for the CBC. They are draining precious tax dollars to subsidize their pathetic attempts at culture. So long as they do, they are nothing but thieves and freeloaders. Shut it down now, don't sell it but destroy it.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2007-10-30 5:35:47 PM
Respected? By who?
Al Jazeera is a well-known mouthpiece for terrorist facilitators/enablers. If they are so world renowned for respected journalism, why do they need to piggyback on the communist broad casting network (CBC)?
If I don't watch it does this also mean I get my tax money back then? SAS boyo?
Posted by: missing link | 2007-10-30 5:42:52 PM
SAS - I hope in the future we will have the chance to see many more al Jazeera reports on CBC.
Simply put up a satellite dish, as Al Jazeera isn't encrypted you can watch it 24/7 without my tax dollars being used to subsidize it.
SAS - and of course the courageous Jacky Rowland.
The courageous Jacky Rowland admitted that the only reason she works for Al Jazeera is that the BBC called her bluff over more money and journalistic freedom. Her career is effectively over as she will never get back to a large news organization with Al Jazeera on her resume. So much for the next Kate Adie.
Posted by: O'REILLY | 2007-10-30 6:19:06 PM
It is both fascinating and rewarding to see my post has garnered so much interest and pique.
Yes, al Jazeera is one of the most respected names in journalism - check out this link -
also try -
If your definition of a ``terrorist network'' is a TV station that excels in fearless reporting and determined to tell the story like it is, then I think the al Jazeera network and it's supporters like myself would take that as a compliment. It is well known that right wingers frequently try to delegitimize the point of view of other people by labelling them with assorted and unflattering names - left wing loony, liberal nut, extremist, radical etc etc. You can label people all you want, you cannot silence them, at least not for ever.
al Jazeera rules !
Jackie Rowland rocks !
But above all, three cheers for FREE SPEECH.
Posted by: SAS | 2007-10-30 6:55:48 PM
And yes, like I said earlier, if you do not like al Jazeera, nobody is forcing you to watch it.
I you prefer the rowdy shouting matches of Bill Oreilly on Fox News or the bigoted hate fest of Glen Beck on CNN Headline News is your cup of tea, watch that by all means and let the rest of us develop some understanding of the real issues by watching our preferred TV station.
This is a free world, let the show continue...
Posted by: SAS | 2007-10-30 6:59:36 PM
Any network that proudly airs videos of westerners being beheaded has lost any right to respect from us westerners who are still alive.
Posted by: obc | 2007-10-30 7:01:15 PM
'You can label people all you want, you cannot silence them, at least not for ever."
You mean like racist, fascist, baby-killer, war-monger, neanderthal, knuckle-dragger, homophobe, sexist, bigot, ...
All exaggerated and maliciously used justifications for requiring speech codes and hate speech laws used to curtail those with whom you merely have a political difference.
In other words...the criminalization of political differences.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-10-30 7:02:16 PM
CBC, Liberals -- both cater to murderous terrorists. Nothing new here.
Dion won the leadership race by agreeing to certain promises to unsavoury groups at the convention, and CBC has a long tradition in those matters.
Posted by: Werner Patels (THE SPADE) | 2007-10-30 9:38:56 PM
I remember reading something somewhere about Ezra promoting, in front of the CTRC or else, private investments for media productions.
Correct me if I'm wrong on this.
I say that there's already 2 or 3 Canadian channels presenting Canadian productions in Arabic from any places of the world.
At least with Al Jazera in ENGLISH, even if biased, we have the vues of the Arab world outside Canada and this, inna language we can understand.
Ask Ezra if he would have like selling copies of the WS all over the Arab world ?
I prefer understanding what they say than not.
But that's just me.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-10-30 10:04:36 PM
I was actually very mad when I first read this. But the more I think about it, the less it troubles me.
While it's true that Al-Jazeera has a reputation of promoting jihad and serving as the media mouthpiece to the world for terrorists like Osama bin Laden, we shouldn't forget that the network also has staff from the West (such as former -- non-Arab, non-Muslim -- BBC correspondents, etc.).
It goes without saying that those who choose to work for Al-Jazeera are extreme lefties, who would like to see the Islamist terrorists freedom fighters take over the world and kill all the Jews, but those types of people work at CBC and CTV too.
In other words, the pro-Islamist propaganda you find on Al-Jazeera can also be found on our own two networks in Canada. Adding programs from Al-Jazeera, therefore, does not really change our media landscape much -- it's simply one more of many such programs along those lines.
Posted by: Werner Patels (THE SPADE) | 2007-10-30 10:43:33 PM
I believe it is indeed something to worry about. It's the mainstreaming of terrorist sympathy, and it must be fought. We should be exposing the sympathizers within the Canadian networks, too.
Posted by: Neil Flagg | 2007-10-30 10:52:17 PM
Neil, you are not a very bright bulb, are you. Your crap about jihadis on AJE is just that, crap. Why don't you do something constructive with your forum? There are staving children all over the world, there are poor people, there are native injustices... The list is endless. Maybe, just maybe, if you do a bit of research you can research a topic and, with a bit of luck and help, talk about it in an intelligent manner? Who knows! Stranger things have happened.
Posted by: Johnny Law | 2007-10-30 11:13:04 PM
once again the rightwingnutosphere proves that they're only concerned with their own right to free speech, expression, and press.
bloody ignorant fools.
Go live in Zimbabwe...
Posted by: Chris Alemany | 2007-10-30 11:44:39 PM
"Why don't you do something constructive with your forum? There are staving children all over the world, there are poor people, there are native injustices... The list is endless."
He was doing something. You left out "there are terrorists killing starving children all over the world". He was pointing out that we need to stop them.
Additionally, "there are terrorists killing poor people" and "there are (at least in Ontario) natives who are acting like terrorists in their blockades and threats and the injustice is that the McGuinty won't bring them to justice as his job demands."
What's your excuse?
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-10-31 5:28:14 AM
"Go live in Zimbabwe..."
No thanks. The injustice there is that, as a white, I might be killed because Mugabe is a racist and Johnny Law isn't using his forum to combat this injustice.
How about you?
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-10-31 5:31:14 AM
It never fails - confront the leftist-Islamists with facts and logic, and in response you get...childish personal slurs (and loads of bad punctuation.)
Posted by: Neil Flagg | 2007-10-31 7:57:50 AM
Sometimes they respond with beheadings, too.
Posted by: obc | 2007-10-31 8:08:04 AM
Werner Patels (THE SPADE)- It goes without saying that those who choose to work for Al-Jazeera are extreme lefties, who would like to see the Islamist terrorists freedom fighters take over the world and kill all the Jews, but those types of people work at CBC and CTV too.
Most of the western journalists that work for Al-Jazeera are nobodies who moved there because they are getting paid more than they were getting at the BBC, ITV, SKY. Al-Jazeera recently hired David Frost as their new media personality. If a has been like Frost is as good as you can get I wouldn't worry about Al-Jazeera gaining much popularity in the West.
Posted by: O’REILLY | 2007-10-31 8:23:38 AM
is this cute, I like to see canadain right wingers so despartley try to copy american right wing nut cases. but in order to be really convincing you have to say even crazier things!!! this mild crap is simply not do canadian retards. by the way if you google "AL JAZEERA" and hit the news tab you will find that al qaeda belieives that al jazeera has sided with the crusaders so much for Osama's favorite channel. another funny thing is that a lot of arab gogvernments believe AL JAZEERA anti-them and pro ISRAEL? go figure!!!
Posted by: Chris | 2007-10-31 9:33:55 AM
People can have a thousand views, and yet there are indisputable facts--those men are in jail because they committed blood-crimes, or were busted in the process of planning or implementing blood crimes. Therefore, no matter what the so called view-point, that they have one does not change the indisputable facts, that those prisoners are in jail because of the danger they impose or imposed onto others.
Had they done that within their own societies, they would not be in prison, they would be dead--end of discussion.
As for Al jazeera being so fantastic--that's a matter of opinion. To me, it is nothing more than a mechanism for the spread of islamofacism.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-31 10:17:12 AM
There is more and more preachers on tv since I was a kid and the Canadian people are less and less religious.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-10-31 10:48:55 AM
"And yes, like I said earlier, if you do not like al Jazeera, nobody is forcing you to watch it." (SAS)
Like all lefties (with their hands in other people's pockets), SAS ignores the fact that we are in fact FORCED to PAY the CBC to broadcast this terror propaganda. If the CBC wants to go private they can give that savage Bin Hidin'his own program for all I care.
Posted by: Larry | 2007-10-31 11:45:28 AM
I am certain there is a law against the promotion of terror groups in Canada--that which al jazeera does through its indifference.
And totally agreed--I despise my tax dollars going to an organization that is indifferent to terror. In regards to terror--there is no such thing as sitting on a fence. You are either for it or against it--and from where I am coming from, those who sit on the fence are in fact promoting it--which to me, is treason at best and killing our soldiers. It behooves a moral society to ensure that terror groups and societies that are soft on terror and/or promoting it, are not presented as though their side has any merit--AND NOT WITH MY TAX DOLLARS!
Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-31 1:08:56 PM
Be careful Lady.
If you keep reasoning always further this way to reach one extreme, you might exeed it and fall in emptyness.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-10-31 1:25:45 PM
Again, I disagree with you. You cannot look around your own personal world, and from you view, say that what you see is representative of our world.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-10-31 2:27:01 PM
What a surprise the Jihadists, Jihadist supporters and useful idiots come to the defence of al jazeera. Yet the Arab speaking Muslims who oppose this ideology continues to denounce al jazeera for the reason I noted above. Their broadcasts in Arabic leave no doubt whatsoever.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-10-31 2:49:46 PM
"You cannot look around your own personal world, and from you view, say that what you see is representative of our world."
I'm returning the compliment to you.
Posted by: Marc | 2007-10-31 3:02:05 PM
Lady, how do you know that all those in Israeli prisoners are in jail because they committed a crime? Israel raids Palestinians cities and picks up people at random, sometimes family members. Remember how they picked up half of the elected parliament members when one Israeli soldiers was kidnapped in Gaza? Also, Israel is occupying power and according to international law, Palestinians have a legal right to resist Israel occupation even using violence against Israeli soldiers (not civilians). How are you claiming that's crime?
As for Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera English is the most respected media news station in the world. It has 100 million viewers and despite being only an year old, it's is already the most watched news station in parts of Europe and Africa (not even counting Muslim countries in middle east and south Asia).
If you rightwing nuts only want to watch Foxnews, that's fine. Don't whine and demand that the rest of us sane people must not have the opportunity to watch what you nuts don't like.
Posted by: Amir | 2007-10-31 7:50:04 PM
Take your lies and propaganda elsewhere - like the sand dune country you came from. If it's so terrible here, why did you emigrate from that ideal nation of yours?
Islamofascists have no place in a free society. But you are probably part of the forward guard to try to inculcate your "values" into western civilization. We will not put up with your crapola here. Many of us are armed and ready for the time you take to the streets. We will not tolerate beheadings in our midst like the Taliban, Saudis & Iranians do to innocent men & women in their countries.
Posted by: obc | 2007-10-31 7:59:50 PM
Amir - As for Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera English is the most respected media news station in the world.
What a load of BS. Did they tell you that at the mosque?
Amir - It has 100 million viewers and despite being only an year old, it's is already the most watched news station in parts of Europe and Africa
Al Jazeera maybe has 100 million viewers, Al Jazeera English doesn't. And as for being the most watched news station in parts of Europe, it probably is the most watched news station in Bradford but then we know what scum live there.
Posted by: O'REILLY | 2007-10-31 8:06:06 PM
Al Jazeera has NEVER shown a single beheading in it's entire ten year history. The idea that it has is just as wrong as the rubbish about weapons of mass destruction.
The fact is, al Jazeera has proven itself time and time again as one of the most credible and factual TV stations in the world and it watched by tens of millions of people. The fact that it goes from strength to strength is testament to it's moral superiority to the right wing nuts like Rumsfeld who think they have a right to bomb people whose ideas they do not agree with.
Again, you are free to disagree with al Jazeera - just do not watch it if that is the case.
You have the right to disagree with people you do not agree with, you do not have the right to bomb people just because you do not agree with their views the way Bush bombed al Jazeera in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Al Jaz Rocks !!!!!!
Posted by: SAS | 2007-10-31 8:25:48 PM
You want propaganda ? Try this -
Part of the reason why I turned to al Jazeera is because of the abysmal journalistic standards of the mainstream US media. Yes, we have right wing nuts like Beck, Lou Dobbs and Pat Robertson, but we also have al Jazeera to tell us like it is !
Posted by: SAS | 2007-10-31 8:31:42 PM
SAS - Al Jazeera has NEVER shown a single beheading in it's entire ten year history.
Though anchorman Feyssal Al Qassem advocated it on his show "Counter Direction"
Usually networks have slogans like "Must See TV" (NBC) or "When you look for champions, you look to CBS Sports!" . Al Jazeera could modify that to "When you look for beheadings, you look to Al Jazeera"
Posted by: O'REILLY | 2007-10-31 8:44:40 PM
Hey O Reilly, Thanks a lot for making my point for me - even you acknowledge that al Jazeera has NEVER broadcast a televised beheading.
If you want me to post links to some of the rubbish that passes for journalism in the US these days, try this -
Makes al Jazeera look great by comparison ! Ever thought of banning the Club 7OO for preaching violence and hate ?
Posted by: SAS | 2007-10-31 9:22:02 PM
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