A former Al Jazeera English journalist, Bilal Randeree, predicted the demise of Fox News on Twitter yesterday in response to the popular trend #AlJazeeraAmericaTVShows.
The network funded by the emir of Qatar debuted Tuesday in America "with reports on political strife in Egypt and the impact of climate change on U.S. cities," as reported by Reuters via the Chicago Tribune. The shiny new network is already involved with a dispute with AT&T, suing the corporation after a "contract dispute" stemming from "terms to carry the new network." The propaganda... er news network has come to America swinging, it seems.
They also did stories on a hunger strike by prisoners in California and a Georgia elementary school shooting.
The network is perceived as being biased by many, as evidenced by the hashtag on Twitter, which produced quite a few snarky tweets critical of the treatment of gays, women and Christians in the Middle East, but was quickly deemed "racist" by a handful of others.
Some of the popular tweets from the trend:
#AlJazeeraAmericaTVShows Everybody Hates Chris...tiansÂ— Brad Thor (@BradThor) August 21, 2013
#AlJazeeraAmericaTVShows Queer Eye Gouged Out by the Straight GuyÂ— Doc Gone Galt ? (@innov82bgr8) August 21, 2013
The Real Oppressed Wives #ALJazeeraAmericaTVShowsÂ— Jess (@jesie_ann) August 20, 2013
In response, Randeree tweeted:
#AlJazeeraAmericaTVShows in say 5 years, a doccie titled: The history of FOX News and its demise. (It was us!)Â— Bilal Randeree (@bilalr) August 21, 2013
Bilal Randeree is not a fan of America, it seems, as he is also quite vocal on Facebook. Linking to a story of James Clapper leading the NSA domestic surveillance investigation (which admittedly would be stupid), he says, "Can Americans be so dumb? Wait, don't answer that..."
Yesterday, Randeree declared,
"If you're in the US, today is the day Al Jazeera tells all the haters to - SUCK IT B*****S!! Al Jazeera America"
Is Randeree's opinion that Americans are "dumb" shared by his colleagues at the network? Probably.
The network recently apologized for publishing an anti-semitic opinion piece by (no surprise) Columbia Professor Joseph Massad called "Last of the Semites." Another recent controversy ignored by the mainstream media was a mass exiting of journalists due to allegations of bias in Egypt.
Nada Altuwaijri of Al Arabiya reported that, "As many as 22...employees have quit since the overthrow of Mohammad Mursi, amid concern over the channel's alleged bias towards the Muslim Brotherhood and its coverage of Egypt."
Hopefully Americans will take the news from the new network, and all sources, with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Image Source (Bilal Randeree): aljazeera.com