Faux News Channel is at it again.
In an effort to out douchebag Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, John Gibson has started laying it on thick. In tonight’s lovely episode of “The Big Story”, he spends some time ranting about the fab Brit 3 part doc “The Power Of Nightmares, by Andrew Curtis. This documentary compares and contrasts the rise of two simultaneous radical groups, extreme Islamists and the Western neoconservative movements.
First, for those not familiar with the doc…
Power Of Nightmares
A part of the documentary talks about how selling the idea of radical Islamic states failed to ignite the passions of the people of the Middle East in the latter part of the last century, and how in the late 90s Osama bin Laden decided to take the battle to the perceived enemy.
The series says, in part, that the threat of al-Qaeda, as it’s portrayed in the media, is a false nightmare, in that it is not a single group, organized in a top down hierarchy, with Osama bin Laden dictating it’s every move. The series does talk about the very real threat of international terrorism, and how this Global War On Terror (GWoT) will just further polarize and further create more radicalized opponents to the western world.
One obvious example that isn’t really touched on in the series is al-Zarqawi, who is widely reported as the “Head of al-Qaeda in Iraq”. Of course, this is not the Islamic extremist mirror of the US Ambassador of Iraq, because Zarqawi doesn’t take orders from bin Laden (who’s presumably hiding out in a stealth dialysis machine). Until the Iraq Invasion got underway, Zarqawi was often seen as a RIVAL to bin Laden, not an ally.
And why Gibson is a douchebag…
The Big Story
On the 20 July 2005 episode of “The Big Story”, Gibson implies that the series, as a whole says that radicalized Islamic terrorists don’t exists. The series doesn’t make that claim at all, as my quick summary above shows. He reports on Australian TV (SBS) decision to delay the broadcast of the documentary, due to the proximity to the London bombings. Then a “FNC contributor” and supposed expert from The Times of London is trotted out, and promptly agrees with all his ill-conceived points. Of course it’s worthy to note that The Times of London is another pustulant organ of Murdoch. Special care is made to bash the BBC as much as possible. Do I really need to mention that the business relationship between Faux and The Times goes unmentioned?
Gibson’s rant is deplorable, and riddled with blatant lies. It’s clear he’s never seen the series, or if so, chose to totally ignore it to make a few digs at his boss’s competition.
For those interested in seeing “The Power of Nightmares”, there are a number of internet options available to you. Look for it and watch it, then wonder why the fear monger monkeys of Murdoch’s empire don’t want people watching it.
And a blogger who’s pissed off that SBS pulled it without warning…
Remember, do NOT deviate from the narrow thought tracks that are being laid out for us