The (U.S.) Media Hates You #4: Why Regular Americans Don’t Know What’s Going On

by Joshua Foust on 11/4/2007 · 2 comments

Let us compare two videos. One is from the new-ish international news channel, France 24.

The other is a segment from the Fox News Channel show Hannity & Colmes.

Arif Rafiq lost count at seven ludicrous statements (he missed the silly notion that the 2001 bombing campaign was successful or worth repeating, or that a similar campaign could be structured the same way today).

Anyway, this is sort of intellectual laziness is par for the course these days. Reports like the pretty good recent Newsweek exposé are, unfortunately, all too rare—and half the time aren’t even made available to American audiences.

Update: Laurence forwards on this link to a Channel Four documentary about Hizb ut Tahrir in Kyrgyzstan. It is telling an important story, about how Islam, and even radical Islam, is gaining traction among those left disillusioned both with the endemic corruption in their own countries, and with the failed “democracy” policy of the U.S. Islam, then, is seen as the last remaining third way. Just don’t expect to see anything this informative on American TV.

What’s more, and perhaps fittingly, this is the last piece of work on which Alisher Saipov worked.


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Jeb November 5, 2007 at 8:49 pm

That Fox News clip is pretty hilarious.

lgrf4evr November 7, 2007 at 1:42 am

haa…the guest on fox news tried to paint general musfaoff as some kind of saint who is protecting pakistan from liberals and extremist. he also spend a lot of time trying to blame liberals for bush failures and the foreign policy.

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