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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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