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Al Jazeera is BAD!

Reported by Ellen - March 10, 2005

Today on Studio B with Shepard Smith he spoke with Said Arikat, who is the D.C. Bureau Chief of the Arab newspaper, Al Quds. The piece was about opinions of America that may be changing in the Middle East. The conversation was unremarkable, instead Fox chose to tell the story using it's 'banner method'.

You're familiar with the banner method - Fox uses banners at the bottom of the screen to tell viewers what they are supposed to get out of the story. Here's the 'banner story':

*Arab Media is picking up on images of democracy

*Al Jazeera is financed mainly by Qatar Government

*Al Jazeera is banned in many Arab countries

*U of Colorado Pres resigns amid Prof Churchill controversy
(Honest, I have it on tape, this came up)

*Al Jazeera is banned in many Arab countries (repeated)

*Al Jazeera calls Western Soldiers "Occupiers" (Um, so did our president and vice-president and Mr. Arikat, the man being interviewed)

*Al Jazeera calls Homicide Bombers matyrs (the rest of the world news calls them 'Suicide Bombers')

*Al Arabiya is the 2nd largest station in Arab World (didn't mention that it's financed by the United States)

* 2/14 Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed

*2/15 Lebanon shut down to mourn Hariri on Tuesday

*Protesters blamed Syrian President for Hariris death

*Hariri had opposed Syrian domination of Lebanon

*PM Karami resigned after two weeks of protests

*Protesters vowed to continue until Syrian troops left

*Arab Media Picking up on images of Democracy

Comment: See how the story was framed? They didn't touch on the fact that there were 20 anti Syrian protesters, but just the other day there were 1 million pro Syrian protesters. They also didn't cover the fact that the PM that resigned has since been restored to power in Syria, though this was covered in a brief clip earlier. So, the moral of the story is Al Jazeera bad, Syria bad -- America is your friend.

And don't ask me why the Churchill banner was included in this story, I'll just chalk that up to Fox's lack of professionalism, unless it was meant to be subliminal.

Reported by: Donna

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