Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Friday, October 20, 2006

CNN: The Al-Jazeera of the West?

CNN's airing of portions of the latest Iraqi "insurgency" (as the MSM labels it) propaganda videotapes this past week put them in the realm of Al-Jazeera, the mouthpiece for al-Qaeda and Islamic terrorists all over the world.

The fact that the tape, showing snipers shooting at American military personnel, was delivered to Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware by so-called "intermediaries," recalls the handy access terrorists seem to have to Al-Jazeera. Indeed, I've often wondered if there's a slot in the back door marked "terrorist propaganda"?

A friend who was none too pleased at CNN's decision, sent them the following letter:

My question is why are you knowingly spreading ENEMY propaganda?

Only a complete fool or a traitor would show this video. I'd say that CNN is obviously in both camps. And just who are these "intermediaries?" CNN employees consorting with Islamist terrorists?

I'd say shame on you, but no one who works at CNN could have any shame, as you do whatever it takes to make sure terrorists win and Democrats get elected.

You're despicable.
If anyone feels similarly, click here for CNN's feedback form.

Responding to all the criticism (and praise from certain quarters), Anderson Cooper is defending CNN's decision to air the tape in the interest of presenting "the unvarnished truth." But for some strange reason, the unvarnished truth only seems important when it sheds a negative light on the war in Iraq and by extension, the Bush administration.

Update: Rush opined on the tape during this morning's show and found the ever-sensitive Cooper's shocked accompanying commentary that soldiers are getting shot in Iraq (during a war---can you imagine?) to be more farcical than anything else.

[Update: Judith over at Kesher Talk, where I cross-posted this item, reminded me that Michael Ware, CNN correspondent and Time Magazine Baghdad bureau chief, may not be the most impartial source. As she points out, "Ware seems to have contracted Stockholm Syndrome." Suddenly, the Al-Jazeera comparison seems all the more apt.]


Blogger JMK2006 said...

Varnished truth.

Friday, October 20, 2006 2:48:00 PM  
Blogger diurnalist said...

I think Michael Ware has crossed over to the enemy side. That is if he wasn't there to begin with...

Friday, October 20, 2006 3:30:00 PM  

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