…”Al-Jazeera is the No. 1 propaganda machine for the enemies we fight,” growled Mick Woodworth, a Navy veteran of the Iraq war. “They support terrorism,” he said, and the mostly American al-Jazeera crew in Golden “are traitors to the United States of America.”
Across the street, a smaller group of Golden residents lined up in a counterprotest. A bunch of right-wing fanatics, grumbled one. Buffalo Rose owner Murray Martinez, a biker himself with long hair and a chin beard, folded his arms across his chest. “They think I’m bringing in terrorists to launch a jihad in the little town of Golden,” he scoffed.
Are these embarrassing Americans confused about the message of the man they support, President G.W. Bush? He said, and I quote,
“…But you’re right. I’ve got to do a better job of making it clear when I talk about Islam, I talk about a peaceful religion, which I talk about a lot.” The president often says that Muslims and Christians pray to the same god, which has angered some in the president’s most loyal constituency of evangelical Christians
Or is it that they aren’t ignorant and purposefully trying to link the Democrats with what Americans understand should be a defamed organization?
While it is a right as an American citizen to protest; it is also a right for Americans to report the news, regardless of their audience. The biggest shame here is not that Al-Jazeera got slammed, but why they got slammed; like 9/11/2001 and the Anthrax murders, and the Oklahoma City bombing: because people bought the false hype about Muslims association with those acts of terrorism.
Besides, I bet these same Americans have no idea that CNN, amongst other U.S. corporate news networks, are regularly scheduled programs in the Middle East.