A few months ago, an acquaintance in Israel told me that Al Jazeera in English was looking for local staff and suggested that I apply for a reporting position. When he mentioned the salary I was, I confess, tempted. It was far, far more than I could ever hope to earn working for the Israeli media.
So I ran the idea by a Palestinian friend of mine – a journalist who’s based in the West Bank.
“What do you think?” I asked. “Should I go work for Al Jazeera?””
“Sure!” he said. “Absolutely. Great idea.”
“Absolutely. Then you can kiss your career as a journalist good-bye, ’cause nobody serious will ever hire you again.”
When I read this report on Al Jazeera, I thanked the powers above that I’d listened to my friend. Incredibly, a news outlet that professes to be the CNN of the Arab world, has published a report that purports to “prove” that Israel was behind the attack on the World Trade Centre.
Yes, boys and girls, you heard it here: it was the Joos.
The most hilarious part of the article is the sources. Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see a list of them – but they’re not direct links to original sources. Instead for each source the reader is told to google a string of words. Do that and the first hit will be another secondary source – usually a conspiracy theories site – that again quotes the supposed primary source without linking to it directly. And of course the quotes, if you can find the original source (good luck with that) are one-liners that are taken out of context.
It’s the most pathetic piece of crap I’ve seen in a looong time. Read it and weep.