Video: Hillary Clinton: Al Jazeera Is “Real News”

Perhaps following the lead of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Juliette Kayyem, who urged cable providers to carry al Jazeera in her recent oped, “Let us see Al-Jazeera”, Sec of State Hillary Clinton is now favorably comparing  the Arab news network to American News networks.

Via TV Newser:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put on her media criticism cap yesterday, praising coverage of the Middle East from Al Jazeera, while saying that the U.S. was losing the “information war” abroad.

“In fact viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news,” Clinton said. “You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.”

Some  information about al Jazeera you may not know, but Sec. Clinton certainly should certainly know, via Discover The Networks:

  • Arabic television station and satellite network launched in 1996, funded by Emir of Qatar
  • Known as the “CNN of the Arab world” and “Jihad TV,” it claims to have 50 million viewers
  • Osama bin Laden’s outlet for video messages
  • Its Spanish reporter was arrested for terrorist ties to bin Laden’s Al Qaeda
  • At least two of its Iraqi reporters and one executive had secret connections with, and apparently worked for, Saddam Hussein’s intelligence service
  • Praised Democratic candidate John Kerry and did positive reporting from 2004 Democratic National Convention
  • Gave airtime to racist David Duke to claim that Jews knew in advance of 9-11 attack on World Trade Center and stayed away
  • Described Islamist suicide-homocide bombers in Israel as “martyrs”
  • Al Jazeera routinely has described Islamist suicide-homocide bombers in Israel as “martyrs,” and Palestinians as Israel’s victims. Its newscasts and on-air discussions are staged to show its 50 million mostly-Muslim viewers a relentlessly visceral, emotion-charged drama in which Jews, Israel and Americans are almost always cast as villains, infidels and evil-doers.

    “Al Jazeera has an editorial line and a way of presenting news that appeals to the Arab public,” said U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2003. “They tend to portray [U.S.] efforts [in Iraq] in a negative light.”

    “You don’t have to look too closely to find that Al Jazeera also inhabits the far side of the ideological moon,” wrote Wolff, “and is as responsible for the region’s departures from reality as anyone.” By amplifying the views of terrorists, giving a one-sided view of bloodshed in the Middle East, and encouraging both fear and loathing, Al Jazeera has at a minimum abetted terrorism. At a maximum, Al Jazeera’s reporters and executives have crossed the line between commentary and complicity by working hand-in-glove with terrorists.

The American Thinker reported a story in 2007 that would seem to indicate Clinton’s susceptibility to Arab propaganda:

In 1999 Suha Arafat, Yasser Arafat’s wife, said, “Our [Palestinian] people have been submitted to the daily and intensive use of poisonous gas by the Israeli forces, which has led to an increase in cancer cases among women and children.”
Although Hillary Clinton was sitting on the same stage and receiving a simultaneous translation of Mrs. Arafat’s speech, she sat silent.

When the speech was finished the First Lady stood up and walked over to Suha Arafat. Hillary Clinton’s response to the accusation that Israel was using poison gas?

A kiss and a hug for Mrs. Arafat.


The Blaze: Beck Calls Sec. Clinton’s Promoting Al Jazeera, ‘Insanity’


Whoa! WI Senate Orders Arrest Of Fleebaggers

They’re really playing hardball, now:

Senate Republicans Thursday ordered the arrest of their 14 Democratic colleagues, who fled the state two weeks ago to avoid a vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill.

It’s unclear whether the resolution to force the senators back to the Capitol is constitutional. The state Constitution prohibits the arrest of legislators while in session unless they’re suspected of committing felonies, treason or breach of the peace.

Democrats say the Republicans have overreached, and have consulted an attorney for an opinion on whether the GOP actions are legal.

Of course,  they wouldn’t be doing it if it were illegal – they’ve dotted their Is and crossed their Ts:

James Troupis, a private attorney hired by Fitzgerald, contended Thursday that the move is legal. He cited a portion of the state Constitution that provides that each house “may compel the attendance of absent members.”

Republicans voted unanimously to give the Democrats until 4 p.m. Thursday to appear before the Senate. The 14 Democrats are believed to be in Illinois. If the senators do not return by the deadline, the Senate agreed to find them “in contempt and disorderly behavior.”

Declared Fitzgerald: “They have pushed us to the edge of a constitutional crisis.”


That means the Senate sergeant at arms can “with or without force” and with or without the help of law enforcement take missing members into custody and bring them to the Capitol.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

Freedom Fest 2011

This new tea party organization caught my eye, today because it’s holding its convention in my neck of the woods, (Kansas City), this Fall.

From their “About page”:

Freedom Fest 2011 is a coalition of grassroots, independent Tea Party organizers from around the country, who formed a “Committee of Correspondence” on Dec. 6, 2010 to organize the national Tea Party event for 2011, and “specifically” to be independent of any national Tea Party umbrella organization. We presently have over 100 coordinators from all fifty states, who are organizing with their state’s Tea Party and 9.12 groups, and establishing the committees and subcommittees required to hold the event, and raising donations and sponsors to offset the expenses.

Everyone on the organizing committee and all coordinators are unpaid volunteers for this event. No one participating will receive any financial benefits for their participation, and all contributions to the event will be reported monthly in open books on this web-site for total transparency. No one performing or speaking at this event is being paid to participate. Any excess funds will be returned to the states Tea Parties and 9.12 groups following the event.

Mission Statement:

To conduct a national “grassroots” Tea Party movement nominating convention for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States, as a fifty state Tea Party “straw poll,” in Kansas City on Oct. 6th through Oct. 9th; at the same time providing each state’s Tea Party and 9.12 groups a caucus area to rally and discuss their local, state, and national candidates and any legislation or issues important to their independent groups.

Their video  reviews why the tea party movement was born…(No, Obama, it has nothing to do with your skin tone.)


Latest Pro-Union Meme Smashed To Bits By Iowahawk

Iowahawk, taking  time out from his usual jackassery folderol, took it upon himself to counter the latest PEU propaganda coming from the left; Krugman, and The Economist in this instance:

Paul Krugman. The Times’ staff economics blowhard recently typed, re the state of education in Texas:

And in low-tax, low-spending Texas, the kids are not all right. The high school graduation rate, at just 61.3 percent, puts Texas 43rd out of 50 in state rankings. Nationally, the state ranks fifth in child poverty; it leads in the percentage of children without health insurance. And only 78 percent of Texas children are in excellent or very good health, significantly below the national average.

Similarly, The Economist passes on what appears to be the cut-‘n’-paste lefty factoid du jour:

Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows:

South Carolina – 50th
North Carolina – 49th
Georgia – 48th
Texas – 47th
Virginia – 44th

If you are wondering, Wisconsin, with its collective bargaining for teachers, is ranked 2nd in the country.

The point being, I suppose, is that unionized teachers stand as a thin chalk-stained line keeping Wisconsin from descending into the dystopian non-union educational hellscape of Texas. Interesting, if it wasn’t complete bullshit.

Try to  guess which variable they’re not considering as you read on.

Hat tip: Patterico