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The Jihadi Journalist (Debbie Schlussel Says There's Nothing Laudatory About Peter Jennings Alert)
Debbie Schlussel.com ^ | 08/08/05 | Debbie Schlussel

Posted on 08/08/2005 9:36:03 AM PDT by goldstategop

Jihadi Journalist: The Real Peter Jennings

By Debbie Schlussel

While the rest of the world is blindly singing the praises of Peter Jennings, here's a reality check: Peter Jennings did more for the cause of Islamic terrorism than any media figure today. And that's nothing to celebrate, honor, or even memorialize.

Before there was Al Jazeerah, there was Peter Jennings.

From the beginning of Jennings career until his death, Jennings' biased coverage went beyond the pale, bending over backward in "understanding" the terrorists who hate us-- from seeing "their side" when he covered the seige and then murder of innocent Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics to honoring an Al-Qaeda operative with a prized "commentator" spot during Jennings coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

Throughout Jennings' coverage of the attacks, he frequently featured a man named Tariq Hamdi (whose commentary urged understanding for the radical Muslim world), identifying Hamdi only as "journalist" on the chyron.

But, in fact, Jennings' friend Hamdi was no journalist at all. As I've written, Hamdi was an alleged Bin Laden Associate and employed by Islamic Jihad's U.S. frontman, Sami Al-Arian.

According to prosecutors and documents in the 1998 trial of the Bin-Laden bombings of U.S. Embassies in Africa (the 7th anniversary of which was yesterday), Hamdi provided Bin Laden a battery instrumental in those bombings. He's also an unindicted co-conspirator with Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian, who employed him at his Islamic "charity" fronts at the University of South Florida. Hamdi was also an employee of a Saudi-funded charity raided by Customs agents for allegedly laundering billions to Qaeda through the Isle of Man.

This is the type of "journalist" and "commentator" Jennings frequently employed in his so-called newscast of which he was an all-controlling editor.

I always say, pillow talk is the most effective form of political speech. And it apparently had its effect on Jennings early on. When developing and heading up ABC's Beirut headquarters, Jennings dated (euphemism) Palestinian "beauty" Hanan Ashrawi. And it colored his vitriolic, anti-American, anti-Israel coverage ever since.

Then there were the sneers, the sneers of a Canadian high school drop-out for anything conservative, anything mainstream, anything pro-Western, pro-Israel, etc. Jennings' sneers and snide comments were always evident for those who did not meet his very left-of-center point of view. A great example was his sneering during the 2000 vote recount, and after, when Bush was declared President. Another was his sneering just after the 9/11 attacks when Bush delivered his speech to a joint session of Congress. Jennings' elitist sneers will NOT be missed.

While I never wish death upon anyone, it's only sad that Jennings despicable brand of advocacy journalism--parading as "news"--wasn't laid to rest along with him.

Unfortunately, that will not happen. Sadly, the female, more personable, non-toupeed version of Jennings--Elizabeth Vargas--is set to step into Jenning's shoes. She got off to a great Jennings-esque start in her first hosting duties at ABC's "20/20," last fall. She delivered a very sympathetic profile and interview of HAMAS operative and fundraiser Cat Stevens. Expect more of this to come.

It's sad when anyone dies of cancer. I won't dance on Jennings' grave, the way he danced on the graves of young, innocent athletes slaughtered at the Munich Olympics--the way he blasphemied their murders with his shallow, understand-the-Islamic-terrorists coverage. Unlike the murdered Munich athletes he dishonored, Jennings died in peace and without pain. He got to say good-bye to his loved ones. They did not.

But I will remember Peter Jennings for the less than honorable person he was--not the emperor with no clothing that is now being memorialized.

Jennings used to end his newscasts with, "And that's a look at our world." No, it wasn't a look at our world at all. It was Peter Jennings' slanted world, and every day he acted as if he was doing us a favor giving us his warped look at it.

No, Peter Jennings, that wasn't our world at all. Jennings' legacy is helping advance the cause of Islamic terrorists on broadcast television, parading it as news. He wrote his own epitaph with it. Unfortunately, it came with a lot more tombstones and epitaphs then just Jennings'--and most of those buried beneath are a whole lot more innocent.

They are the victims of Islamic terrorism--the brand Peter Jennings helped build into a network news product. That cancer,unfortunately, is still here. And it has metasticized


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The dark side of Peter Jennings reign at ABC NEWS. From Debbie Schlussel all you don't want to know - and must - about the true legacy of the MSM titan and jihadi journalist.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
1 posted on 08/08/2005 9:36:03 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

Excellent article!


2 posted on 08/08/2005 9:38:01 AM PDT by tomahawk (Proud to be an enemy of Islam (check out www.prophetofdoom.net))
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To: goldstategop

Ouch! That's gunna leave a mark.


3 posted on 08/08/2005 9:38:11 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: goldstategop

I'm glad to see someone telling it like it is - or was - as the case may be. All the accolades being given to Jennings is a bit over the top - in my opinion.


4 posted on 08/08/2005 9:39:13 AM PDT by ImpotentRage
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To: goldstategop

Debbie, you go girl!


6 posted on 08/08/2005 9:39:56 AM PDT by MarkeyD (I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: Chevy Sales

Well what do you expect from a Canadian?


7 posted on 08/08/2005 9:40:18 AM PDT by MarkeyD (I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: goldstategop

With Rather, Browkaw and Jennings all gone in a relatively short time, the cable news, and especially FOX, ruining the big three's news ratings, now would be the perfect time for them to rethink how they do the news (or maybe even if they should). Doubt that will happen, though.


8 posted on 08/08/2005 9:41:31 AM PDT by SittinYonder (America is the Last Beach)
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To: ImpotentRage
He was an elitist pretty boy typical of the Eastern Establishment - who looked down at America from his New York headquarters and who memorably threw a temper tantrum when the Republicans won their stunning victory that upended decades of Democratic control of Congress in 1994.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
9 posted on 08/08/2005 9:41:38 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

10 posted on 08/08/2005 9:41:50 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: MarkeyD

Here! Here! I figured when I heard he died I thought here we go for the next few days about what an icon he is etc. Prayers to his family but I never understood him becoming an American citizen since he was so anti American.


11 posted on 08/08/2005 9:43:05 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: goldstategop

Finally, someone writing about Jennings the way I remember him. I'm sorry he died, and that he died so horribly, but he was a terrible journalist, I don't care how many others sing his praises.


12 posted on 08/08/2005 9:43:15 AM PDT by MizSterious (Now, if only we could convince them all to put on their bomb-vests and meet in Mecca...)
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To: gopwinsin04

Hello, nurse!


13 posted on 08/08/2005 9:44:01 AM PDT by steve8714
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To: goldstategop

Way to go!


15 posted on 08/08/2005 9:44:56 AM PDT by wmfights (lead,follow,or get out of the way)
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To: MizSterious

President Bush as always commented on Jennings today and as usual very thoughtful gracious comments and "Petah" always trashing Pres. Bush!


16 posted on 08/08/2005 9:44:57 AM PDT by LYSandra
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To: goldstategop

Jennings, Brokaw and Rather, all gone. They were in on the failed 2000 election coup. There is some justice in the world.


17 posted on 08/08/2005 9:45:40 AM PDT by John Lenin (Hillary Clinton =RAT Titantic)
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To: goldstategop

Agreed.

Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, and Twom Bwacawh share a goodly portion of the blame due for the decline of the traditional American culture.

God may forgive Peter Jennings, but I'd like to run his worthless corpse through one of Saddam Hussein's people shredders.


18 posted on 08/08/2005 9:46:03 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: MizSterious
He shouldn't have had to die from his illness but that doesn't mean he was a saint as the inevitable MSM hagiographies will have it. Finally someone has set the record straight.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
19 posted on 08/08/2005 9:46:04 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: gopwinsin04

Is that Debbie? Looks like an old girlfriend of mine.


20 posted on 08/08/2005 9:46:19 AM PDT by MarkeyD (I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: clee1
Its the end of an era. I don't think any one misses the disappearance of the old MSM monopoly. In their heyday, Jennings, Rather and Brokaw were the force of its expression. Now there's no one in television who will exert the influence they had. Its certainly a welcome blessing.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
21 posted on 08/08/2005 9:48:39 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: LYSandra

The contrast between the President and those who hate him could not be more apparent. I don't think we're the only ones who note the difference--and it became evident in the last election.


22 posted on 08/08/2005 9:48:42 AM PDT by MizSterious (Now, if only we could convince them all to put on their bomb-vests and meet in Mecca...)
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To: LYSandra
Here! Here! I figured when I heard he died I thought here we go for the next few days about what an icon he is etc. Prayers to his family but I never understood him becoming an American citizen since he was so anti American.

"When you want to hunt a fox, you don't dress up as a hunter....you become the fox." (from the movie "Red Dawn", paraphrased)

"The reason that the wolf is in sheep's clothing is because there's no other way that the wolf would be let inside the door." (heard it from somewhere)

23 posted on 08/08/2005 9:49:03 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (The modern Democratic Party: Attacking our defenders and defending our attackers.)
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To: MarkeyD
No. Check out her website.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
24 posted on 08/08/2005 9:49:37 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I've retrained myself from writing similarly on his obituary threads.

Everything we complain today about the MSM and the fight on Islamic terrorism was started by Jennings. Look even at his "even handed" comments during the Olympic Massacre of Israeli athletes.

Before CNN and the rest, there was Peter Jennings and his buddy Ted at Nightline.


25 posted on 08/08/2005 9:49:37 AM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: steve8714

Looks like Peter enjoyed the high life...


26 posted on 08/08/2005 9:49:47 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: goldstategop

Wasn't he the guy who said that America had a temper tantrum, explaining the stunning Republican takeover of Congress and the Senate in 1994?


27 posted on 08/08/2005 9:50:10 AM PDT by HitmanLV
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To: goldstategop

"Will" have it? Did you catch any of Good Morning America? Devoted 2 full hours to a "tribute" to Peter Jennings. I only caught about one minute of it before having to change the channel--the ol' gag reflex kicked in.


28 posted on 08/08/2005 9:51:06 AM PDT by MizSterious (Now, if only we could convince them all to put on their bomb-vests and meet in Mecca...)
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To: goldstategop

I had, but sometimes people look different in different photos.


29 posted on 08/08/2005 9:51:18 AM PDT by MarkeyD (I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: MarkeyD

Lucky you!


30 posted on 08/08/2005 9:51:24 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: Sabramerican
Today the MSM doesn't pretend to be "objective." They've become for all practical extents and purposes, a replacement opposition for the feckless Democrats.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
31 posted on 08/08/2005 9:51:31 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: HitmanNY
Yes, that's right. It was like a body blow to the media liberals. And it still continues to be their worst nightmare.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
32 posted on 08/08/2005 9:53:01 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: MizSterious

I'm with you.

The sad part is... the generation of my parents is passing. Jennings was my mothers age.


33 posted on 08/08/2005 9:53:30 AM PDT by Jaded (Hell sometimes has fluorescent lighting and a trumpet.)
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To: goldstategop

I will forever remember PJ's snide commentary following the 1994 Republican success in capturing the House. PJ spoke dismissively of the "temper-tantrum" he witnessed by the vote tallies.


34 posted on 08/08/2005 9:53:34 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: ImpotentRage
All the accolades being given to Jennings is a bit over the top - in my opinion.

What accolades? Are you referring to FReeper posts? Those weren't "accolades", those were sincere wishes on anyone who passes away. That doesn't mean Jennings is an idol all of a sudden. We know what he did, we're just not going to stoop to DU's level.

35 posted on 08/08/2005 9:55:45 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (If there was a problem, yo! I'll solve it!!)
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To: goldstategop

Yea - I for one don't like being accused of having a temper tantrum simply because I vote for the GOP.


36 posted on 08/08/2005 9:55:58 AM PDT by HitmanLV
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To: goldstategop

Petah!!!


37 posted on 08/08/2005 9:56:30 AM PDT by dennisw ( G_d - ---> Against Amelek for all generations)
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To: goldstategop

On the bright side he's likely enjoying a reunion with his great buddy Yasser Arafat.

Too bad Hanan Ashrawi isn't there yet to also keep him company.


38 posted on 08/08/2005 9:56:44 AM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: goldstategop
Great article. The accolades on some of the other PJ-is-dead threads are nauseating. He hated America. He should be remembered for what he was - an enemy infiltrator.
39 posted on 08/08/2005 9:57:23 AM PDT by meowmeow (Meow! Meow!)
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To: gopwinsin04

I had no complaints :)


40 posted on 08/08/2005 9:58:28 AM PDT by MarkeyD (I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: Sabramerican

Was Ted Koppel all that bad? He helpd get Ronald Reagan elected with his accurate reporting about Carter's inept handling of the Iran Hostage crisis.


41 posted on 08/08/2005 10:01:04 AM PDT by Borges
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To: goldstategop

http://www.smolanim.com/articles/jennings.html


42 posted on 08/08/2005 10:01:13 AM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: MizSterious

I saw Katie Couric say this morning on the Today show intro that he was "sophisticated and had a worldliness about him that will be missed". I had to turn the tv off before I heard any more.


43 posted on 08/08/2005 10:01:43 AM PDT by cpanter
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To: ForGod'sSake

I'm pinging you beause I thought you too would appreciate an honest look at his reporting career.


44 posted on 08/08/2005 10:03:26 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: goldstategop

Holy Cow!!! The TRUTH comes. This lady says what I knew, felt, and hated about that bum. I will not miss Jennings. Simply, an enemy of the Republic has died. I feel no remorse at his passing. None.


45 posted on 08/08/2005 10:06:06 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (The government and courts are stealing your freedom & liberty!)
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To: Borges

Before there was cable news, no single news show brought the "Palestinian" cause more legitimacy then Nightline with Ted Koppel.

His idea of a balanced panel of three is a "Palestinian", an Arab Journalist, and to express the Israeli side an Israeli Leftist who agrees 95% with the "Palestinian" that Israel is at fault.


46 posted on 08/08/2005 10:08:02 AM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: cpanter
I saw Katie Couric say this morning on the Today show intro that he was "sophisticated and had a worldliness about him that will be missed". I had to turn the tv off before I heard any more.

Not to sound mean, 'cause I totally understand what you're saying...but what did you expect? It's kinda like the story about the scorpion and the frog...scorpion asks for a ride across the brook, promises not to sting the frog, and when he does sting the frog, he tells the frog "that's what I do".

Well, that's what they do. But you know that. It was a pleasant "what did you expect". Get ready for more of it when Walter and Dan and Tom and Ted and Jimmah go the way of the earth.

47 posted on 08/08/2005 10:08:30 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (The modern Democratic Party: Attacking our defenders and defending our attackers.)
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To: goldstategop

I like Debbie Schlussel and mostly agree with her. I also didn't care much for "Jihad" Petuh Jennings as a news reader but, let's be Christian about this. The man is dead and has left behind family and friends who are mourning his loss. IMO, we should respect that. Let's not bash someone who won't ever be able to defend himself again.

Whether we liked him or not, another life has ended. As Christians, we should allow him to rest in peace.


48 posted on 08/08/2005 10:11:04 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: goldstategop

Wasn't Jennings the guy who spent a lot of time in Lebanon where the Jihadists were serving him up Palestinian girls to win his allegiance to the cause?


49 posted on 08/08/2005 10:11:40 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: gopwinsin04

He looks like a sad old drunk in that picture.


50 posted on 08/08/2005 10:13:32 AM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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