Al-Qaeda’s Favorite News Pundits
(Business Insider) CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post said that Osama Bin Laden was the author of this letter. The truth is that it was written by al-Qaida American spokesman Adam Gadahn, NOT bin Laden.
Here is one of the most stunning quotes from Al Qaida letters released today: one letter authored by al-Qaida American spokesman Adam Gadahn, said Fox News should “die in anger.”
A letter dated October 2010 outlines a plan to get al-Qaida’s message across in American media for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and “how to exploit the media in general.”
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.
It then launches into a full opinion on the state of the American media, saying that he used to think MSNBC was fair and neutral — BEFORE they fired Keith Olbermann.
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.
CNN, Gadahn’s letter reads, is No. 2 on the hit list. He said that it is in the tank for the U.S. government more than anyone else, “except for Fox News, of course.” He shared much of the same opinion about CBS, but he did like “60 Minutes” and its “long broadcasting time.” And ABC, he wrote, is “all right.” He wrote that ABC is “interested in al-Qaida issues, particularly the journalist Brian Ross.”
In conclusion, the letter said that there is no one single outlet to rely on for al-Qaida to get its message across. One, though, was definitely off the list.
“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.”
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