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