For some strange reason, Al Jazeera has cult status in some Western circles.

It shouldn't. It should be viewed with contempt.

Here's an updated "greatest hits" list to underscore that point:
2/ To set the stage:

Most recently, a the network accepted an award from Hamas, an antisemitic terror organization known for its suicide bombing attacks on Jewish civilians, for what Hamas viewed as Al Jazeera's excellent coverage.

3/ Al Jazeera once threw a birthday party for Samir Kuntar, a Lebanese terrorist convicted of bludgeoning to death a 4-year-old Israeli girl and shooting her father.
4/ And a pity party for someone responsible for the murder 15 Israeli civilians, including 7 children.
5/ AJ+, the arm of Al Jazeera that targets a younger audience (in part by feigning concern about social justice) recently produced and published a Holocaust-denial video.…
6/ More Holocaust denial broadcast by Al Jazeera:
7/ More Holocaust denial and Holocaust inversion broadcast by Al Jazeera:
8/ More Holocaust inversion by Al Jazeera:
9/ After the host of an Al Jazeera program praised Hitler, he promised another genocide during the program:
10/ Al Jazeera broadcasts stuff like that. And stuff like, "Kill them, down to the very last one!"
11/ After the murder of three Israeli teenagers, and as Hamas was firing indiscriminate rockets into Israeli cities and towns—a clear war crime—an AJ+ producer and presenter defended Palestinian terrorism as legitimate "resistance."
12/ In 2019, Al Jazeera editor promoted the "Khazar" myth (the false charge that Ashkenazi Jews aren't really the descendants of Jews), and misinformed about the definition of antisemitism, pretending it doesn't mean Jew-hatred but rather anti-Arabism.
13/ In a Oct. 10, 2001 editorial, the New York Times said of Al Jazeera that "the station reported that Jews were told not to go to work in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 — promoting the rumor, widely believed by Muslims, that Jews were behind the attack."
14/ An article defending a French demonstrator who accosted a Jewish philosopher, yelling "dirty Zionist" and, more tellingly, "dirty race!" (The Al Jazeera piece didn't bother telling readers about the latter words.)
15/ Arguments that Jews are suspect because extremist Jews exist.
16/ After the Gaza Strip was flooded by torrential rains, Al Jazeera ran a piece claiming that Israel purposefully flooded Gaza by opening (non-existent) dams. (They later retracted.)
17/ Some levity: When Israel decided to issue thousands of permits for Palestinians to enter Israel, Al Jazeera—which had previously criticized the withholding of permits—ran an piece criticizing the *granting* of permits…since Palestinians might shop.
18/ Of course, there are countless examples of smaller stuff: The supposedly serious news organization pretend a convicted World Trade Center bomber wasn't convicted, but just accused; and pretends he was killed by the U.S. after he died in prison.
19/ (And a whole boatload of hypocrisy and dishonesty.…)
20 / There are surely plenty of other examples that don't appear in this thread. But dayenu.

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1/ There's a letter circulating "from journalists, to journalists" that calls for abandoning journalistic objectivity in favor of anti-Israel activism.

Most signers are from fringe sites (Jewish Currents, the Intercept, Mondoweiss), but some (!) are mainstream news reporters.
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Can anyone defend this?
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Condemning a specific bigotry during a wave of that specific bigotry should be okay.
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