Sunday, January 30, 2011
On Egypt Crisis: Ignore U.S. Mainstream Media—Go to Al-Jazeera for Real News
at 10:00 AM
internet live-stream for al-Jazeera English is here.
As others have pointed out, U.S. mainstream media is painting the Egyptian Crisis as something it is not: It is not a foreign instigated crisis, it is not an “Islamist revolution”, it is not a “violent uprising”. Of course, non-Egyptians are taking advantage of the situation to advance their various agendas, religious Muslim groups are also taking advantage of the social unrest, and there has been sporadic looting, compete with cars set on fire—but none of these have been the dominant tenor of the unfolding crisis, which is more a reaction to the corruption in the Mubarak regime than anything else. And a fairly non-violent reaction at that, considering how deep the resentment of the general populace clearly is.
However, it seems increasingly clear that the U.S. media is intent on painting the Egyptian crisis as a “threat”, creating the impression that the corrupt Mubarek regime is worth supporting as the lesser of two evils: The other evil being, of course, “Muslim fundamentalists”.
Only al-Jazeera is reporting from the ground, with some semblance of objectivity, and giving context to what is actually going on. U.S. mainstream media is more propaganda for U.S. intervention than anything else.
Do note that the vast majority of U.S. cable customers cannot receive al-Jazeera, as it was essentially boycotted for being a “voice of the terrorists”, rather than what it actually is—an objective (and uniquely knowledgeable) source of news about the Middle East.
The Hourly G invites you to boycott U.S. mainstream reporting of the Egyptian crisis, and get your news from al-Jazeera, as well as the UK Telegraph, Der Spiegel, and other non-U.S. news agencies.
We are confident that, when the Internet Kill Switch legislation is finally passed, The Hourly G will be shut down for having endorsed al-Jazeera, and having dared suggest non-U.S. mainstream media is not reporting the truth.