John McCain, Pelosi: apologists for Al-Jazeera

Drinking the Qatar Kool-Aid

At the inaugural Al-Jazeera U.S. Forum held recently in Washington. D.C., John McCain said he was proud to have been the first U.S. Senator to travel to Al-Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha– “not a bad place that you’ve got going on there”  — he joked as he sat for interviews with the biased news network known as a mouthpiece for terrorists.

“We live in a new era,” he said. “What Al-Jazeera has done is achieved something that all of us I think want to achieve, particularly as we grow older, and that is to make a contribution that will last and will be brought to future generations that lie ahead of us.”

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also thought this was the place to quip, as she opened her remarks with a nod to the fact that, not so long ago, so much praise of Al-Jazeera from such a high-ranking member of Congress would have been controversial. “I’m very delighted to be here with Senator McCain,” she wisecracked. “When I accepted this invitation to speak here this evening, I didn’t realize that he was going to be here until I arrived. You can just imagine how happy I was to see him, because I was preparing for the onslaught of criticism that I was going to receive. But now I’m covered!”

The room erupted in laughter.

Journalist Cliff Kincaid, writing for NewsWithViews, gives this cogent assessment of McCain’s bizarre behavior: “The only explanation that makes any sense is that Al-Jazeera constitutes another channel that can give — and has given — McCain favorable publicity. The Arizona Senator has a reputation as a favorite of the press who is always anxious to get in front of a TV camera. In this regard, Al-Jazeera simply constitutes another outlet, albeit an unsavory one, that he can use to promote himself. He may, however, find that it will turn on him — and the West — after Gaddafi is overthrown and the Muslim Brotherhood takes power.”

Kincaid wrote this exposé on the launching of the English language version of the Arabist propaganda machine: Enemy Propaganda on Al-Jazeera English.

Take time also to read Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell’s Who’s Soft on Propaganda? which shines a bright light on the Arab-propaganda spin machine. Bozell and Kincaid have covered the topic since the onset of the English language network.

Al-Jazeera English broadcasts as a 24-hour news and current affairs channel, with strategically placed broadcast centers in Doha (Qatar), London, Washington D.C. and Kuala Lumpur with more than 70 bureaus around the world, dedicated to getting their one-sided message disseminated.

11 Responses to John McCain, Pelosi: apologists for Al-Jazeera

  1. Matt DeGennaro says:

    Where else is this duplicity exposed? I haven’t read about this anywhere until this morning. This is why I rely on this site for the real “straight talk.” We sure don’t get it from the egocentric and leftleaning John McCain. McCain’s and Pelosi’s bowing and scraping to propagandist al-Jazeera is shameful.

  2. AZ Conservative Guy says:

    “The room erupted in laughter?”

    No wonder some people say there’s not a measurable difference between Dimocrats and Republicrats. This collusion on serious issues is what causes an apathetic voter base. I talk myself hoarse trying to convince people otherwise and then this bum McCain makes all of my efforts a waste of time and energy. He had to be talked out of running as a Democrat when he was first approached to run for U.S. Rep.John Rhodes East Valley congressional seat. The powers that be should have left him alone in that regard. He might have been an appealing figure as a youthful returning POW, but he wouldn’t have been able to continue pulling the wool over Arizonans eyes.

    • Doc says:

      So, McCain & Pelosi were chummin/slummin’ around together? That’s just dandy! AZCG-I try to explain to McCainiacs about this wolf in sheep’s clothing…but to no avail.

      And the fact that these two are all buddy-buddy…it’s like the poor accused man, whose defense lawyer’s palling around with the prosecuter…it’s “how things get done”…but it’s just WRONG. Mr. McCain even being in the same building with this Liberty destroyer pelosi should seal the deal for mccainiacs…& sheeple as well. Why nancy pelosi’s still walking around & not in jail on charges is beyond me.

  3. Orion says:

    This is why he is known as John McShame!

    • MacBeth says:

      …and McNasty, McAmnesty, McLiar, McShameless, to add a few more names to your list. Orion.

  4. Jill H says:

    Thank you for nothing Sheriff Paul Babeu and Sheriff Larry Devers. If you could not endorse JD Hayworth then shutting-up would have been most appreciated.

  5. Vince says:

    This morning on “Fox News Sunday” McCain, who allowed his staff to mercilessly tear into Sarah Palin’s hide when she was his running mate, said he thinks she could defeat Obama if she was the GOP presidential nominee in 2012.

    He’s a sleazy, lying snake and sounds as if he is still giving Obama an assist even as he did when they were supposed to be opponents. He ran far harder against JD Hayworth than he ever did against the “decent man” Obama. Palin is not the contender we need to go up against Obama.

    I would never support her after she traveled the state of AZ campaigning with liberal McAmnesty against solid conservative Hayworth.

    We can do better.

  6. Stanford says:

    The fact that either McCain or Pelosi are so dense as to joke about this Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood cover organization is disgraceful. I’m not in the least interested in Sarah Palin, but I have grave concerns about the integrity of any member of the US House or Senate who regard al-Jazeera as something less than the sinister organization it is known to be. This is disgraceful behavior, whether coming from the left, middle or right of the political spectrum.

    • American Dad says:

      Absolutely, Stanford! This is serious business that McCain and Pelosi are taking so lightly. Al-Jazeera is a favorite, however of Barack Obama. You might remember that his initial public comments immediately after his inauguration were given to the “Muslim world” via al-Jazeera ! Quite a novel American president, huh?

  7. Luke says:

    I intend to call McCain’s office bright and early Tuesday morning to ask for a rationale for this absurdity. This Arab network broadcasts in English language in order to sway listeners to their side. The message is not the same as the one going to the Muslim world. I understand that neither John McCain nor Nancy Pelosi are intellectuals, but for them not to understand the simple premise that they are being used is reprehensible. They are equal fools engaging in dangerous practices and imperiling Israel the lone democracy in the mideast.

  8. Casper says:

    Thank all of those fools who voted for this deceptive McSnake. And don’t forget to give a big thank you to the Tea Party activists who thought they were being purists and supported the mental midget Jim Deakins.

    Matt DeGennaro asks why he hasn’t read about this anywhere else. McCain has got a stranglehold on many outlets, that’s why. The liberal networks love him and the others knuckle under to his surrogates’ demands. Why do you think Hayworth is having a hard time finding broadcast work in the valley?