Press Release

Accuracy in Media Announces the Release of New DVD – “Terror Television: The Rise of Al-Jazeera and the Hate America Media”

If the U.S. loses the global war on terrorism, Al-Jazeera, the influential anti-American Arab television network primarily known as a mouthpiece for al-Qaeda, could claim responsibility. Al-Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, has warned the U.S. of “horrors worse than the war in Vietnam” in a video which aired on Al-Jazeera. In a letter from Al-Zawahiri, obtained and deemed authentic by U.S. intelligence, the al-Qaeda leader declared that more than half of the war is taking place in the battlefield of the media. The letter noted the importance of Al-Jazeera in al-Qaeda’s propaganda offensive.

With a focus on Al-Jazeera and its new affiliate, Al-Jazeera International, Terror Television: The Rise of Al-Jazeera and the Hate America Media examines the global media and propaganda battlefield. AIM argues that the influence of Al-Jazeera is a fundamental reason why winning the war in Iraq has proven to be so difficult, and that the emergence of Al-Jazeera International threatens to make it more difficult, if not impossible, to win the global war on terrorism.

AIM is offering the DVD to the public for a nominal cost, enough to cover production and postage & handling. We encourage the public to make copies and distribute them. Excerpts and a transcript of the film are posted at our website. We were able to obtain film footage from Middle East broadcasts, courtesy of the Middle East Media Research Institute TV Monitor Project, of terrorists saying they were motivated to kill Americans because of the images they saw on Al-Jazeera. We end the film by saying that Al-Jazeera is taking the fight to America.

Now the question is: what will we do to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our nation, from this menace? The answer lies in getting thousands of copies of this DVD into the hands of the media, the public and our elected members of Congress. By raising awareness, we believe U.S. media organizations will be extremely reluctant to carry Al-Jazeera International into the U.S. and that advertisers will not want to support it. If that is the case, American lives will be saved. That is our goal.

Al-Jazeera International is currently negotiating for carriage on cable and satellite systems controlled by Western media organizations. In order to give itself a more respectable image, Al-Jazeera has signed a former Marine Captain, Josh Rushing, as an on-air commentator.

In a front-page story on this development, Mark Memmott of USA Today quoted AIM editor Cliff Kincaid as saying, “I don’t see how in good conscience he can work for Al-Jazeera. It incites Arabs and Muslims to kill Americans.” An NBC Today Show story by Jamie Gangel on Al-Jazeera’s hiring of Rushing showed Kincaid saying, “He’s being naive in thinking that he is going to have any real impact over at Al-Jazeera. He’s going to be an American face, perhaps a punching bag that they can use in their news reports to say, ‘Hey, we’re balanced. Look, we’ve got an American on the air.'”

AIM is now in the forefront of a national effort to stop this pro-terrorist media operation from getting access to the U.S. media market.

Kincaid has commented, “NBC’s Tim Russert has noted that it seems suspicious how Al-Jazeera keeps obtaining and airing terrorist video or audio tapes. He said Al-Jazeera must know where they are coming from and who is providing them. The obvious conclusion is that Al-Jazeera has a working relationship with the terrorists trying to kill Americans and destroy the United States. By extension, the U.S. networks airing the terror tapes from Al-Jazeera are facilitating bin Laden’s military and propaganda operations.”

This is one important aspect of the problem examined in the AIM film.

President Bush himself delivered a speech to the National Endowment for Democracy citing the power of the media at the disposal of Islamic terrorists. He noted that they are “aided…by elements of the Arab news media that incite hatred and anti-Semitism, that feed conspiracy theories and speak of a so-called American ‘war on Islam’…” We know that they seek to establish “a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom,” Bush said, because “they’ve openly stated it ― in videos, and audiotapes, and letters, and declarations, and websites.”

What is the nature of this propaganda network and how do al-Qaeda and Al-Jazeera figure into it? Written and narrated by Kincaid and produced by AIM filmmaker Roger Aronoff, the film includes dramatic Middle East film footage of captured terrorists who say they were motivated to kill Americans by Al-Jazeera, and evidence of Al-Jazeera’s collaboration with the Saddam Hussein regime and the Al-Qaeda network. The AIM film examines:

– How Al-Jazeera’s first managing director functioned as a reported agent of the Saddam Hussein regime and was booted from the network after captured film surfaced showing him taking orders from Uday Hussein.
– How Al-Jazeera’s Kabul, Afghanistan bureau chief was accused and later convicted of being an agent of Al-Qaeda.
– How Al-Jazeeera creates Jihadists to kill Americans in Iraq and worldwide.
– Why big names, including David Frost of the BBC, are going to work for Al-Jazeera International.
– The new public relations firm representing Al-Jazeera as it attempts to enter the U.S. media market.
– The lobbyists, including the sister of a U.S. Congressman, who represent Qatar, the base of operations for Al-Jazeera.
– Qatar’s ties to Al-Qaeda before 9/11.