Al-Qaida cries foul over pro-Obama media bias

Apparently Sean Hannity and Ayman al-Zawahiri have something in common: They both think that Obama has gotten a free ride in the press.

Though hardcore Al-Qaida supporters have predictably dismissed any criticism of Dr. al-Zawahiri and are fiercely backing his choice of words, there is a rather ironic (if not entirely unfamiliar) twist to this issue. After observing international press reporting on the incident, these same supporters are now bitterly attacking the media for its "unfair" pro-Obama bias and for deliberately "confusing" the meaning of al-Zawahiri's message.

Confusing the meaning of his message?  The dude called Barack Obama a "house slave." Even if he didn't know the context of the term in American history, saying that about a guy who took on (and beat) not only the ruling establishment of the country, but also his own party's elite, is madness.

Then again, this is al-Qaida we're talking about.

The mystifying thing to me is that this is being reported as if it were, say, Rudy Giulliani or Mitt Romney complaining about media bias.  

Looking at his past communications, he's pretty clearly a propagandist with little concern for the truth: in 2006 he criticized Bush's stated intention to draw down forces, and in 2007 he criticized Bush's troop surge, as an example.  Which is it, Ayman?

Of course, he also criticized the bill Obama supported to set dates for troop withrdawls:

This bill will deprive us of the opportunity to destroy the American forces which we have caught in a historic trap.

The bill that Bush, of course, vetoed.

Did al-Zawahiri really expect that he could make this statement and not get laughed at?  Yes.  Yes, he did.  George Bush was the greatest gift that al-Qaida ever got, because he did embody the cowboy extreme of American foreign policy, and al-Qaida's messages could always have that essential ring of truth to them: Bush is an oil baron who only cares about the corporate elite, Bush is a fancy East Coast lad playing at being a cowboy, Bush is a warmonger, etc. etc. ad nauseum. 

At the end of the day, al-Qaida and George W. Bush agreed on a fundamental issue: The United States should be always locked in a war against al-Qaida.  This serves Bush's purpose by allowing him to implement executive authority on a level unseen outside the Civil War, and it serves al-Qaida's purpose by allowing them to demonstrate how they are the underdog defending Islamic lands from the yankee infidel: the best recruitment tool imaginable.

If you take away the tool (and by "tool," I mean George W. Bush), then suddenly al-Qaida is exposed for what they are: petulant religious extremists whose antiquated notions of religion and revolution were generally outdated by the end of the Cold War.

It's no wonder then, that al-Zawahiri and his allies find themselves left borrowing the tactics of Barack Obama's Republican political enemies (and Pastor James David Manning): race-bait where possible and claim unfair media bias.

Now, I'm not going to lump Republicans in with al-Qaida: Newt Gingrich might be a sleazebag, but he doesn't condone suicide bombing public markets.  It's just that both groups are starting to run into the same public relations disaster: When you use fear and division as the basis for your popularity and success, when people stop being afraid or divided, your popularity and success will wane.

And let's face it, people:

Reality has an Obama bias.

Tags: al-qaida, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Barack Obama, Irony (all tags)



Reality's Obama bias

As Bill Maher said:

I've gone from god damn America to... god damn America!

The best weapon against terrorists is to win the argument for the hearts and minds of the people in the middle who make terrorism possible.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-26 10:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Al-Qaida cries foul over pro-Obama media bias

Insightful, funny diary. I hope you are right, and just the fact of Obama as president keeps tripping up Al Queda.

by souvarine 2008-11-26 11:12AM | 0 recs
al-Qaida isn't as smart as we fear they are

While 9/11 was utterly ruthless and, in a way, ingenious, there were ways we could've caught them, had we been on the ball and not ignored warnings.

Heck, flying a plane into the WTC was the plot of the first episode of The Lone Gunmen.

If we'd played our cards right (and by "right," I mean "like a normal, sane government would," we would've had the world's backing and driven al-Qaida into submission years ago.  Now we might get another chance at that: Obama provides the key elements that we were lacking before: sympathy and credibility.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-26 12:02PM | 0 recs
difference between Obama & W

Memo to al Qaeda: beating Obama is the media is going to be tougher than beating W.

by Carl Nyberg 2008-11-26 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Al-Qaida cries foul over pro-Obama media bias

I think Mark Penn is advising them now.

by Bush Bites 2008-11-27 05:57AM | 0 recs

Not that I think Penn would associate himself with al-Qaida, but they may be dumb enough to want to employ his services.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-28 04:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Al-Qaida cries foul over pro-Obama media bias

Seriously, I think they're worried about losing Africa.

Every report I read says they're trying to build their influence there, and a racist screed by Al Zawahiri couldn't have helped in that endeavor, especially when they already have a reputation of treating their Middle Eastern members better than their African ones.

by Bush Bites 2008-11-27 06:02AM | 0 recs
I think you're right.

I've heard about the Arab-African dichotomy... like African al-Qaida folks are more likely to end up as suicide bombers.

Somebody's gotta notice that at some point and ask why the esteemed leaders aren't strapping on the C4 vests.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-28 04:15AM | 0 recs
Many Muslims in Africa will be offended

by Al Zawahiri's insult of Pres. Elect Obama.

Africa's Muslim population is estimated at over 400 million:

Central Africa         12.6 million    
East Africa          66.4 million    
North Africa          180 million         
Southern Africa     8.9 million    
West Africa          134.0 million rica#Population_by_country

According to many news sources Barack's popularity is extremely high on the continent.  There were more google searches for Obama in Africa than in the US.

According to Google Insights, the web giant's search analysis tool, African nations led the world in the concentration of searches for "barack obama" over the past 12 months.

Cameroon, Rwanda, Mali, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Ghana all placed ahead of the US in a regional ranking of interest in the candidate's name. Nine of the top 10 nations in the list were African.

President Obama will have a unique opportunity to win the media propaganda war on the continent.  


by NeciVelez 2008-11-27 11:37PM | 0 recs

We may see increased (non-refugee) immagration from Africa and perhaps more balanced trade agreements.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-28 04:18AM | 0 recs
And Mulsims from the most populous Muslim nation

Indonesia, the largest majority-Muslim nation, can't take kindly to these insults to their adopted son. Obama's propaganda opportunity, based only on his heritage, extends to the vast majority of the world's Muslim population.

by souvarine 2008-11-28 08:06AM | 0 recs


by Dracomicron 2008-11-28 08:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Al-Qaida

I am not going to comment on Al Qaida in any way here.

But as far as media bias goes, Obama has enjoyed one.  It is sad.  I think real damage was done during the campaign.   We may someday regret. it.

Reporters learned they could throw objectivity out the window, run on pure bias and or emotion, attack the candidate they opposed, often unfairly, and build up theirs, with no consequences to be suffered.   Journalism took the year off.

What happened people if 4 years from now, or 8 or 16 that is it the Republican candidate that strikes the fancy of the the vast majority of the media?   Will this behavior be okay them?

Of course not.

by RichardFlatts 2008-11-29 10:04AM | 0 recs

Journalism took the last 8 years off as they slavishly served the propagandist whims of a would-be dictator.

It's only since Obama's rise that they've been paying attention to the real story.  Obama enjoys a "media bias" because he's genuinely noteworthy, not because the media, as a whole, picked a candidate and decided that they would help him.

You may have forgotten Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, "sweetie," "breaking his word," "bitter," and a whole host of trumped-up anti-Obama ridiculousness, but I haven't.  

Face it, Obama is the story.  That's not media bias, it's the objective truth.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-30 07:29AM | 0 recs


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