Just Reporting?


American journalist Jill Carroll is being kept as a hostage by Muslim terrorists. They will behead her unless U.S. forces release all female criminals being held prisoner in Iraq. Al Jazeera has released new footage of Jill begging for her life, a sign of hope for many who thought she was surely already slaughtered by “pious” Muslims. Al Jazeera has long claimed that it is not supporting the Muslim terrorists but rather “just reporting” the news. Moreover, Al Jazeera has claimed that it is the Western media who are distorting reality in their reporting by failing to condemn America in all of their stories (which, as we all know, the media often does and by and large certainly does not support directives of the Bush Administration or propagate for them).

CNN reports that in airing this new video footage of Jill pleading for her life upon the deaf and merciless ears of the Muslim terrorists, Al Jazeera has silenced the footage and all that can be heard is the voice-over of some Al Jazeera reporter. Now here’s the rub: CNN claims that in the video, Jill is literally sobbing for her life. Sobbing. What possible reason could Al Jazeera have for airing this video but without sound? Could there be any other reason than to soften the blow for millions of less-terror-oriented Muslims to see the fruits of their supposedly more pious terrorist brethren? How can it be said that Al Jazeera is not aiding the terrorists when not only do they give them a worldwide soapbox from which to preach but also mute the sounds of a sobbing and helpless female victim whose head will soon be viciously sawed off in front of the camera to be aired on Al Jazeera?

It seems to me that if anything could arouse the sympathy of Muslims, it would be the sound of a woman sobbing for mercy. (At least I would hope so. I might be wrong about this, but if I am, then what does that say about Al Jazeera’s viewers?) Anyway, Al Jazeera has muted the sound because it doesn’t further the agenda of the Muslim terrorists; rather, it could actually cause disgust among Muslims at what the Muslim terrorists are doing and demanding.

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9 thoughts on “Just Reporting?

  1. Again, this stuff makes me feel very ill. Literally. I caught an accidental glimpse of one of last year’s beheadings and it still makes me feel sick. God help this poor woman, and damn these bastards to the firey pits of the inferno.But, John, isn’t it possible that Jill is sobbing in English? In which case, a voiceover seems reasonable. (When Bin Laden tapes are on CNN, do we listen to him in Arabic?) And do you have a citation for the Al Jazeera view of Western media?(Can you tell that I’m a bit wary of Al Jazeera bashing?)Anyway, Gold help Jill. As someone who opposes capital punishment I will make this confession: if they ever caught these arseholes they should castrate them and force them to eat their own testicles.(Which is why I oppose capital punishment. Can’t let people like me get their own way.)

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  2. Ronan, the citations shouldn’t be too hard to find. It is standard for them to do so. But you can discount it if you want to since I didn’t provide a citation.In other hostage vidoes and beheadings, the sound has not always been fully voiced-over. Rather, you can hear the voice in the background as the translator speaks in the foreground. Sobbing is not language specific. But without sound, it just looks like she is grimacing. Mute the sound, lower the disgust among the viewers and focus their attention to what the Muslim terrorists’ demands are, which surely many Muslims will agree with (release of all female criminals and withdrawal of US troops).Capital punishment in the United States is a far cry from getting your head sawed off excruciatingly painfully by a Muslim terrorist on international television. They are so different that a comparison of the two fails as fallacious from the start.

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  3. But I see the ironic point you are making with your reference to capital punishment. I just wanted to point out that they are different, but upon rereading my comment, I realized that it came across as if I thought you were literally comparing the two, which of course you weren’t.

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  4. Actually, John, you got it wrong on both counts. I was referring to the capital punishment I would very much like to dish out to her tormentors.

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  5. Here’s an idea if Al Jazeera wants to show that it does not actually support the agenda of Muslim terrorists: make a statement, like numerous other media outlets and associations of reporters, condemning the Muslim terrorists’ hostage taking and beheadings and then tell the terrorists that Al Jazeera will no longer give them a platform from which to garner publicity if they do not let Jill Carroll go.

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  6. The media of North Korea, China, Iran, and Al Jazeera make me grateful for western media. Left-leaning media bias in America and Europe can be aggravating when one wants a fair presentation of the news, but it is certainly heads and shoulders over the “press” of brutal dictatorships and anti-American regions.

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  7. Your wish was granted:< HREF="http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20060201-030534-9013r" REL="nofollow">Al Jazeera call for Carrol’s release<>

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  8. I wonder if this signals some kind of a coming sea-change–a realization by Al Jazeera that if it wants the West to think that it is not siding with the Muslim terrorists and the rampant Arab anti-Americanism fueled by cheapshot and weak politicians, then it must not appear to be siding with them in its reporting.

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