Ex-CNN anchor joining ‘America-bashing’ network

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

A conservative media watchdog says news that former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien will join Al Jazeera America is part of a growing trend of American airwaves being turned over to foreign interests.

Monday's announcement states O'Brien, who was let go by CNN in March, will serve as a "special correspondent" providing short-form documentaries for Al Jazeera America's primetime news magazine, America Tonight.

Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for the Media Research Center, predicted this move for the liberal journalist several months ago.

Gainor, Dan (MRC)"I'm sure they're paying her 30 pieces of silver," says Gainor. "Here's the problem: we have basically foreign, state-sponsored media outlets propagandizing on American airwaves and pretending to be journalists ...."

Owned by the Qatari government, Al Jazeera purchased Al Gore's ultra-liberal Current TV network earlier this year. Gainor maintains the Arab network primarily wanted "propaganda access" to Current's 42 million U.S. households.

"They are a propaganda institution that is designed to bash the United States," says Gainor. "They're going to bash it from the left because that's their position. Making America look bad is part and parcel of what they do."

According to Breitbart.com, former Al Jazeera anchor Dave Marash, who came to the network from Britain, quit Al Jazeera because he realized that it was not a free and open news source but was completely controlled by the Qatari government.

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