January 2013


Regarding my recent blog about Chelsea Clinton’s tweet of the photo of Hillary in Kosovo waving from the foot of a bronze statue of her husband waving, Serbianna’s Mickey Bozinovich points out the following:

The person who sent it to Chelsea has a handle on Twitter as Tetovari, which is a reference among Albanians for those who come from Tetovo in Macedonia. This Tetovari is not the point, though…

Tetovari retweets stuff from Vedat Xhymshiti, “a 26 [year-old] documentary photographer from Kosovo, [who] entered the field of photography at the age of 11. I am an independent photojournalist covering conflicts.”

The dude is an embed with Syrian “rebels” but also the official photographer of the dignitaries that visit Pristina, like Hillary and others.

Talk about KLA training of Syrians. I wonder who got him the embed job there.

While I’ve been trying to get to a blog about the friendship between an American pilot and the Serbian colonel who shot him down, a Serbian filmmaker has already finished and premiered his documentary about it. The film “The Second Meeting” — see the trailer below — has premiered in New York and Washington, as well as four cities in Serbia.

The first item I got about it is from June:

No Hard Feelings: An American Pilot, a Yugoslav Colonel, and a Filmmaker (Santa Barbara Independent, June 24, By Joan Mitric)

Two men of war – the American pilot of a Stealth F-117 shot from the sky over Serbia in March 1999, and the Yugoslav colonel whose rocket launchers brought down the so-called “Invisible” plane – are now men of peace and collaborating in a documentary about their unlikely friendship.

Both men left the military after the 1999 war and began new lives; the Serb as a baker; the U.S. pilot as a public speaker. The story of their first face-to-face meeting in Serbia six years after the March 27, 1999 shoot down is the subject of an ironic and touching documentary-in-the-making by independent filmmaker Zeljko Mirkovic called Second Meeting, or Drugi Susret.

The former adversaries met again this May to shoot the film’s final scenes in New Hampshire, where retired U.S. Air Force Col. Dale Zelko lives.

Oh, yes. The first meeting? It was on the rudimentary radar screen the Serbs fashioned from outdated Russian equipment and used in the hours before they blew the F-117 Stealth bomber from the sky.

Let’s remind ourselves of that: God was so on the side of our ungodly out-of-nowhere war against the Serbs that the “invisible” plane was visible from a “rudimentary radar screen fashioned from outdated Russian equipment.” Let me remind us of my favorite quote of all time, from Serbian media after the plane was shot down: “SORRY! We didn’t know it was invisible!”

As for film director Mirkovic, he has his own war story, one that helps frame his forgiving and rather playful present-day persona.

A native of Nis – Serbia’s second largest city – Mirkovic, 29, was riding his bike about a half block from the city’s large open-air farmers market on May 7, 1999 when NATO cluster bombs slammed the green market, the city hospital, and downtown pedestrian streets on the busiest day of the week. The day’s raids racked up the single worst civilian toll in the 78-day war: 13 people — including a pregnant woman — died; 26 others were critically wounded.

“I escaped that day, and ever since I’ve tried to think and to live differently,” said Mirkovic in an interview with this journalist a few months ago near Belgrade’s Students Square. Unlike many of his generation who remember a decade of bloody secessionist wars with former neighbors, and isolating sanctions as Serbia’s pariah status cemented under tyrant Slobodan Milosevic, filmmaker Mirkovic is not bitter, angry, or resentful towards NATO countries or the United States. In fact, many of Mirkovic’s projects speak to his hope for regional healing and the wider opening of Serbia to the world.

“Like all countries, we are not a nation of stereotypes, but a people full of all sorts of talents and energy,” said Mirkovic, who, with his dark, bristle-top hair could be tennis phenom Novak Djokovic’s older brother.

A graduate of the University of Belgrade, he has several award-winning indy films to his credit under his company’s moniker, optimisticfilm.com. One chronicles two friends – one a Serb, the other a Croat – as they travel the country once called Yugoslavia in a vintage Yugo sedan…

When he heard about the downing on the U.S. Stealth F-117 Mirkovic decided his next project would be a film about Zoltan Dani, the man who gutted the bomber and put U.S. pilot Lt Col. Dale Zelko, of New Hampshire, in a ditch near Budanovci, a village just north of the capital city and target, Belgrade.


Courtesy Photo, U.S. Stealth pilot Dale Zelko, who survived being shot down over Serbia on March 27, 1999.

The story of “Second Meeting” is full of irony. For starters, the U.S. Stealth pilot Zelko is the grandson of a Yugoslav who relocated to the United States after WWII from what is now Slovenia. Zelko had never visited the land of his ancestors before he set off in the single-seat F-117 to bomb it. He ended up ejecting from his $43 million-plus state-of-the-art bomber a couple hours from where his grandfather grew up. After the war, Zelko left the Air Force and now speaks about his survival and on themes of war, peace, and reconciliation.

In fact, it was one of these speeches, at Washington’s Air and Space Museum years ago, that brought the former adversaries together. The way [Zoltan] Dani tells it, he was down in his pastry kitchen kneading dough for donuts when his son, Timor, called him upstairs to see something he’d found on the Web.

“Timor asked me, ‘Dad, what would you say to the pilot you shot down if you ever met him?’” Dani said during an interview in Belgrade.

“I don’t know… ‘Want to have a beer?’” Dani said. Then his son showed Dani a picture of Zelko and, when he translated Zelko’s speech, that was the beginning of the idea to invite Zelko to Serbia. Along with his bakery, [Dani] now runs a tourist agency in Serbia’s Vojvodina region.

For his part, smelling a film, Mirkovic decided to facilitate the former adversaries’ meeting by sending them both small, high-density cameras so they could prepare video diaries of their everyday lives. For Zelko’s wife’s first trip to Dani’s village, his wife made a friendship quilt for the family. “We both survived the war,” she says in the trailer.

In another interesting twist, the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade decided months ago to support Mirkovic’s film with a modest grant of about 6,000 Euros. This, despite the fact that the crippling of one of its premier fighting machines – only three days into the 78-day U.S.-led NATO war – was an acute embarrassment…

[Not exactly a “twist,” since Washington will do anything to make its aggression seem OK: ‘See? We’re all friends. No harm done.’ It’s the kind of mush that the State Department loves, making it all look OK that we’re (still) degrading the Serbs. See? The only “twist” here is that, in a departure from the usual — shooting at Serbs and expecting them to have open arms for us — it was the Serbian side that did the shooting down.]

The incident spawned dozens of morale-boosting jokes in Serbia which went viral on the nascent Internet – (“Sorry, we didn’t know you were invisible.”) – and immediately entered the military lore of this small country up against the Goliath of global military ability.

Today, the remnants of the F-117 rest in Belgrade’s Air Museum at the Surcin Airfield, also badly hit in 1999.

…Dani said in the weeks leading up to the war he and his group secretly re-jiggered an old Russian microwave-type radar so it could see a blip of the “invisible” F-117 as it headed south out of Hungarian airspace. “…We waited for it to get closer to Belgrade. Then I ordered my rocket launchers to fire… We knew the whole action must be completed in 20 critical seconds,” because in the next seconds the bomber would drop its load, Dani said. […]

The BBC carried a piece on the story in November:

Foes now friends: US stealth pilot and the Serb who shot him down (Nov. 5)

Dale Zelko and Zoltan Dani talk about how they forged their friendship

Breaking bread with the enemy is one thing. Making it together is a step that former foes do not usually take.

But in Zoltan Dani’s kitchen, that is exactly what is happening. Once the commander of a crack Yugoslav anti-aircraft rocket unit, the former colonel has swapped his camouflage for an apron and now runs a successful bakery.

Even more remarkably, kneading the dough beside him is former United States Air Force pilot, Dale Zelko.


From foes to friends: Dale Zelko and Zoltan Dani say they feel like brothers now

The two men were on opposite sides in 1999, when Nato air strikes rocked Belgrade and other key targets. And they were the protagonists in one of the most remarkable incidents of Operation Allied Force.

Zoltan Dani had problems of his own. He commanded a unit which was low on resources and vulnerable to attack by the F16s. But his men were not short on morale or skill.

Each night he would move his unit from place to place - operating the equipment in 20-second bursts to avoid the attention of anti-radar missiles.

Citing Serbian electronics genius Nikola Tesla as an inspiration, Zoltan had the equipment modified so it would operate beyond the usual wavelengths.

Perhaps it was this which allowed him to detect Dale Zelko’s stealth fighter.

“When it hit, it felt very, very good. Like scoring the winning goal in a football match,” says Mr Dani.

The US pilot’s perspective was naturally a little different. But once he had ejected from his now uncontrollable plane, Mr Zelko had some surprisingly generous thoughts.

“I thought about the Serbian SAM (surface-to-air missile) operator, imagining having a coffee and conversation with this guy, saying to him: ‘Really nice shot.’ I had this huge respect for him and the Serbian people.”


The wreckage of Mr Zelko’s plane is now in Belgrade’s museum

This, perhaps, helps to explain why Mr Zelko was so receptive when the idea of meeting the man who shot him down was first floated.

The initial suggestion came from Mr Dani’s son, Atila [the above report has it as his son Timor], who had seen footage of Dale online…

He contacted the now-retired pilot via the US Air Force. And for Dale Zelko it could not have been a more welcome communication.

“As soon as I read the idea of meeting the man who shot me down, my immediate reaction was: yes, absolutely - and I became obsessed with the idea. I felt I had to connect deeply and personally with this person and the Serbian people. It became a mission of passion for me.”

Several years of correspondence followed. The two former military men say they shared their stories, emotions and ideas as they worked towards a face-to-face encounter.

That finally came last year - with Zeljko Mirkovic’s camera also in attendance…

Three members of the Zelko family came to Serbia for a week of premieres of The Second Meeting. They stayed at the Dani family home in Kovin, a short distance from Belgrade.

“I had a question from the audience at the Belgrade premiere: ‘After developing a real personal relationship between the families, could you go back in a combat machine against Serbia?’ I said absolutely not, that would be impossible. You can no longer remove the human element from it.”

The pair hope their story will send a message of tolerance and understanding around the world. […]

THE SECOND MEETING - The screening in Washington DC
Embassy of Serbia, USA

…The Second Meeting traces the emotional journey of two people culturally, socially and geographically apart that are brought together by a random act of war.

[Random is the right word for that war.]

It’s a poignant, uplifting story of how the bonds of friendship can be forged on the battlefield, even amongst adversaries.

[That’s because they were never adversaries. It was a false enmity, generated by the Washington-Berlin Axis. Appropriately enough, the October screening in Washington was at the German Marshall Fund.]

…Their cultural heritage – Zelko being of Yugoslav descent and Dani of Hungarian – created the groundwork for a second meeting…

Let’s remember one of the many asinine aspects of America’s 90s wars against the Serbs: utilizing descendants from the Old Country, often the Serbs’ old adversaries, and worse: using American servicemen of Serb descent. A sick, if logical, approach: sending Yugoslavs to kill Yugoslavs. Adding to the already fratricidal nature of the war. Then again, Hungarians and Slovenians have never had a quarrel when it comes to dismantling Serbia. (Dani’s 15-percent-Hungarian region of Vojvodina is the next leg of that ongoing project. We’ll see which side of it he ends up on.)

Meanwhile, that “unforgiving, anti-American” Serbia helped with funding for the project: In addition to letters of support from The Serbian Ministry of Culture and The Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce, money came from the Serbian Ministry of Culture and from Serbia’s Province of Vojvodina and the City of Nis. (Though one supposes that, gracious losing of a defensive war aside, it doesn’t hurt to remind the world of the episode where Serbia scored a point.)

From the promotional materials for the film:

Zelko told Serbian national broadcaster RTS that when he was at Dani’s home he was feeling like at home and that Dani and his family “are people who give a lot, and forgive a lot.”

Bosnian Banja Luka info writes how after the screening in Belgrade applause lasted for a while and after that Zelko’s son played on a violin one famous Serbian tune “Svilen konac” (silken thread).

[Notice how the Slovenian-descended American ex-pilot and his family don’t seem to view Serbia or Serbs as an enemy or threat, while the U.S. stays on course with its anti-Serb coercion policies on several fronts.]

French TV5Monde reports that Zelko expresses his apologi[es] for “suffering, pain, loss and anxiety” that Serbian people felt during the bombing and adds that “a war is not carried out by ordinary people, but by governments.” Zelko’s message is “never do that again.”

French Le Figaro…quoted Zelko saying that “the war was not between him and me, it was not a personal thing, and even less between me and the Serbian people.”

British ITN reports that the documentary presents [a] “heartwarming tale, which tells the story of forgiveness and unexpected friendship.”

And that caps off the irony of it all. ITN was, after all, the network that demonized the Serb side in the first place, and got them bombed the first time, in Bosnia, when it filmed a Serb “concentration camp” for Muslims — from inside the open wire fence.

The picture that fooled the world


Photo: ITN archive

This image of an emaciated Muslim caged behind Serb barbed wire, filmed by a British news team, became a worldwide symbol of the war in Bosnia. But the picture is not quite what it seems. German journalist Thomas Deichmann reveals the full story…

Didn’t this happen to Greece, Macedonia and Serbia first?

Islamic jihadists setting Europe-wide forest fires

As threatened. Is this happening in the U.S.? “Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires,” from AFP, October 3 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group’s low-cost attack strategy.

“One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda’s strategy of a ‘thousand cuts’,” Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies.

“This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary preparations, technical equipment or significant expenses.”

In linking al-Qaeda to the deadly wildfires, Mr Bortnikov pointed to calls to launch a “forest jihad” by various extremist websites which he said also publish detailed instructions about how and where to best carry out arson.

He said it was very difficult for special services to find and prosecute such arsonists.

Deadly fires have swept through forest land in EU countries such as Portugal and Spain over the past few months, killing scores of people and forcing thousands to evacuate.

In its continuing campaign against the West, al-Qaeda has vowed to “bleed the enemy to death” by resorting to inexpensive, low-scale attacks it refers to as a “strategy of a thousand cuts”.

Gee, why are we listening to this Russian about al Qaeda? Aren’t the Russians “Enemy No. 1″ ? (See Mitt Romney from March 2012. See also Mitt Romney in October: “I Will Work to Organize and Arm Syrian Rebels ‘Who Share Our Values’” )

What a choice we had this election. But let me stop there, as pointing out that we and Russia share a common enemy (which everyone seemed to know in the 90s) makes me a “Russian propagandist,” according to some conservative blogs that will be named in a blog later this year.

Of course, we knew she wasn’t made of much when she was defiling the Catholic Church (for the wrong reasons), her idea of “provocativeness.” She’s cowered before Islam before (canceling her Israel stop in 2005 when threatened), but here is the latest example. From October:

Madonna decides against wearing Muslim bridal dress for fear of offending Muslims

Because underneath all her politically correct nonsense, she knows that Muslims will kill her, unlike the Christians she has been relentlessly mocking for decades.

“Madonna backs down from wearing Muslim bridal dress,” from Contact Music, October 8 (thanks to Jane):

Madonna has decided against wearing a Muslim bridal dress, a combination of a traditional Iraqi bridal veil and a US soldier’s uniform, in her new music video after being convinced by her advisers to give the outfit a miss for her own safety.

The 54-year-old singer was planning to don a ‘Terror Bride’ outfit - a combination of a traditional Iraqi bridal veil and a US soldier’s uniform - in the video for upcoming single ‘Superstar’ as a statement against oppression against women and war, but her advisers convinced her to ditch the political stunt because of the outrage it would be likely to cause.

[God forbid enough infidels go through with provoking the Muslim world via freedom of speech, so that Muslims might for a second doubt they can win their anti-freedom fight. Let’s back down every time, and well before they’ve actually become our masters. Indeed, let’s ensure and accelerate that eventuality. Rather than spread the risk, let’s take none at all. Let’s not contribute anything at all to the fight for keeping our freedoms.]

A source said: ‘’Madonna had the outfit ready to go. She was really proud of it and said it was her ‘Terror Bride’ costume.

[What was the intention of a “terror bride,” anyway? Who was the terrorist? The bride, or the U.S. military, her usual target?”]

‘’She had paraded around in it and said she was going to wear it in her next music video.

‘’At first when people started telling her it was madness she just brushed it off.

‘’But when they mentioned that her actions could put her life at risk she decided to ditch it from her video and certainly won’t be wearing it on stage.'’

The insider added to The Sun newspaper: ‘’She was really disappointed as she was so adamant about it.

‘’And even when she said she wasn’t going to go ahead she winked that it was being put aside ‘for now’.'’…

Well, at least that’s promising. But seriously, god forbid she might speak out against the world’s truly most oppressive and effective anti-woman, anti-freedom organization, Islam. She’s a material girl, after all. She doesn’t want to jeopardize her material existence. (Not very spiritual of her, if you ask me.)

But as we know, some girls are just very confused, and walk around with cognitive dissonance. Like this Egyptian-American chick:
Activist Gets in Physical Altercation While Trying to Spray Paint Over Anti-Jihad Subway Poster

An Egyptian-born activist was arrested in New York City on Tuesday after she was caught on video using a can of spray paint to deface a controversial subway station ad that is pro-Israel and anti-Jihad. And the entire incident was caught on video.

Mona Eltahawy was taken into custody for the stunt involving the ad that proclaims, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.”

In the video, Eltahawy can be seen using a can of pink spray paint while trying to blot out the words. “Trying” is key word because another woman — who seems to be familiar with Eltahawy — almost immediately throws herself between the spray and the sign, preventing Eltahawy from completely covering up the words. The two women can be seen arguing and then even getting physical. Police eventually arrive and arrest Eltahawy as she demands to know the charges and claims her free speech is being violated….

…You likely know Eltahawy because she claims she suffered at the hands of extremists last year during the fall edition of the Arab Spring. Back then she detailed an alleged violent and graphic sexual assault by Egyptian police:

“5 or 6 surrounded me, groped and prodded my breasts, grabbed my genital area, and I lost count how many hands tried to get into my trousers.”

[It’s good to get acquainted with your people, and the societies they spawn.]

Eltahawy said at the time not only was she sexually assaulted, but the assailants also broke both her arms.

But worse than this, apparently, is Israel.

Wasn’t I just saying: “It’s a big lie that there’s no freedom of speech in the Muslim world: Anyone can go there and, without fear of fallout, announce that Jews suck ass. Here in America, it’s not so easy. But we’re getting there.”

This Jihad Watch item is from early October, but I just saw it:

NY State Senator walks off stage at Muslim Day Parade after Muslim speakers call for free speech restrictions, make antisemitic remarks

(What did he think was gonna happen?)

New York State Senator Tony Avella discovers Islamic supremacists’ sinister agenda, straight from their own mouths. “NY State Sen. Breaks Silence About Why He Walked Off Stage at Muslim Day Parade: ‘Attack on Our Country,’” by Mike Opelka for The Blaze, September 27 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

It has taken four days to get a comment from NY State Senator Tony Avella’s office, but the hard-to-reach elected official has finally responded to TheBlaze regarding why he left the stage during NYC’s Muslim Day Parade.

[Of course, if we were to rewind to our momentary sanity 11 years ago, the question everyone would have asked was, Why was he there in the first place?]

Just minutes before 3pm ET, Mr. Avella sent an email to TheBlaze answering most of of our questions. He started by combining the first two questions:

How many of the previous Muslim Day Parades have you attended? (This was the 27th annual parade.)

Have you been a “VIP” or “Honorary Marshall” for this parade in any previous years?

Avella’s reply:

Although I have had contact with Muslim groups throughout New York City as a former member of the New York City Council, prior to being elected to the State Senate in 2010, this was the first Muslim Day Parade that I had been invited to attend.

TheBlaze followed with:

What is your official reaction to the speech that inspired you to get up and leave the stage?

To which, the Senator replied:

I was deeply offended by the various remarks that were made during the on stage presentation and felt they were an attack on our country as well as the State of Israel and were anti-Semitic in nature and as a result I left the stage in protest. In addition, I immediately wrote the Parade Committee the next day on Monday indicating my outrage…

And the final two questions we posed were also answered by one statement.

There was also a speaker there, an imam from Brooklyn, who demanded a UN law that would criminalize “defaming” Islam or the prophet Muhammed. Where do you stand on this proposal or any proposal that seems to conflict with our First Amendment?

If you support the imam’s idea on the speech limitations, what do you think about the painting known as “Piss Christ” – an “art” exhibit recently mounted at a local gallery?

Mr. Avella’s answer:

I was shocked to hear the Imam’s negative comments about freedom of speech and individual rights.

It should be noted that Avella did not leave during the imam’s comments, only after the woman got up and decried “Zionist Nazis.” To be fair, however, her speech could have been the final straw….

The rest of The Blaze item that JW posted:

But while you may be applauding Senator Avella’s reaction to the the hate speech, you might be wondering why he was the only one to protest. You may recall that in addition to State Senator Avella, there were others on stage. In fact, we recognized one of those people as another elected official: NYC Council Member Robert Jackson (District 7), who was the official Grand Marshall of the parade.

[T]he council member remained on the stage as the offensive and often anti-Semitic remarks were made to the crowd. TheBlaze has also been in contact with Mr. Jackson’s communications director in hopes of getting some answers on his apparent endorsement of what was said on the stage.

We have asked for the following questions to be answered:

State Senator Avella got up and left the stage in the middle of one speech. Given the anti-Semitic nature of the statements from several speakers at the Muslim Day Parade this past Sunday, why did you stay?

Are your constituents and the voters of New York City to assume that you endorse this kind of attack on Jews and non-Muslims?

Do you support the call for a global ban on speech that defames Islam or the prophet Muhammed?

If you do, wouldn’t a law like that be in direct conflict with the American Constitution, specifically the First Amendment? […]

In 2008, when Obama’s running mate was still undetermined, I joked, “He should pick Al.

“Al Qaeda.

“Just kidding. I mean Al Gore.

“Al Gore. Al Qaeda. Same difference.”

I thought I was kidding!

Sure enough, a few years later we get news that Al Jazeera has bought Al Gore. Or, at least, his cable network Current TV.

Given that Islam is very current, Current is now very, very current.

“The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shared Current TV’s mission…”

At least he admits it!

And of course Al-Jazeera shares a mission with Al-Qaeda (Arab/Muslim supremacy), even if it’s not fully aware of that yet.

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore in bid to gain stronger foothold in US TV market

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that cofounder Al Gore couldn’t make relevant.

The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shared Current TV’s mission “to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling.”

He has a point there. It’s a big lie that there’s no freedom of speech in the Muslim world: Anyone can go there and, without fear of fallout, announce that Jews suck ass. Here in America, it’s not so easy. But we’re getting there.

Another example of Al Jazeera’s “different thinking”: In late 2006, when I was still friends with Wall St. Journal’s James Taranto, I was surprised to hear that he’d granted an interview to Al-Jazeera. He shared one particular question the Arabic interviewer asked him: “Why is the U.S. media so pro-Bush?”

As Taranto started telling us how he proceeded to answer the question, which involved correcting its faulty premise, I interrupted him.

“You mean you actually answered the question?” I demanded.

“Well, of course. What was I supposed to do?”

“I would have just farted.”

Anyway, here’s the rest of the item:

The acquisition lifts Al-Jazeera’s reach beyond a few large U.S. metropolitan areas including New York and Washington, where about 4.7 million homes can now watch Al-Jazeera English.

Al-Jazeera, owned by the government of Qatar, plans to gradually transform Current into a new channel called Al-Jazeera America by adding five to 10 new U.S. bureaus beyond the five it has now and hiring more journalists.

Al-Jazeera spokesman Stan Collender said…the move is based on demand, adding that 40 percent of viewers on Al-Jazeera English’s website are from the U.S. “…When people watch Al-Jazeera, they tend to like it a great deal.”

Al-Jazeera has long struggled to get carriage in the U.S., and the deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable Inc., the nation’s second-largest cable TV operator, announced it would drop Current TV due to the deal.

“Our agreement with Current has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service. We are removing the service as quickly as possible,” the company said in a statement. […]

Well thank goodness for small favors. I guess some media conglomerates need a little more than 11 years of pro-Islam conditioning and 9/11 desensitizing. Time Warner will come around eventually.

Previous to Al-Jazeera’s purchase, Current TV was in 60 million homes…In 2010, Al-Jazeera English’s managing director, Tony Burman, blamed a “very aggressive hostility” from the Bush administration for reluctance among cable and satellite companies to show the network.

Even so, Al-Jazeera has garnered respect for its ability to build a serious news product in a short time. In a statement announcing the deal, it touted numerous U.S. journalism awards it received in 2012, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize and the Scripps Howard Award for Television/Cable In-Depth Reporting.

But there may be a culture clash at the network. Dave Marash, a former “Nightline” reporter who worked for Al-Jazeera in Washington, said he left the network in 2008 in part because he sensed an anti-American bias there.

Hm, what a Spidey Sense that guy has. He oh-so-perceptively sniffed out — can you believe it? — an anti-American bias. He didn’t sense it at the liberal media outlets he called home earlier, but only once he transitioned to the logical conclusion of those outfits, to a Muslim one, did he finally, barely, grudgingly pinpoint the stench.

Current, meanwhile, began as a groundbreaking effort to promote user-generated content. But it has settled into a more conventional format of political talk television with a liberal bent. [Did the liberal media just diagnose a liberal media? AP, is this really you writing? What’s happening to our world?]

Its leading personalities are former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer…and Cenk Uygur, a former political commentator on MSNBC who hosts the show called “The Young Turks.” Current signed Keith Olbermann to be its top host in 2011 but his tenure lasted less than a year before it ended in bad blood on both sides.

[A low-life, a Muslim, and an angry man. What could be more Liberal than that?]

Current has largely been outflanked by MSNBC in its effort be a liberal alternative to the leading cable news network, Fox News Channel.

[And in recent years, of course, Fox News Channel is outflanking them both in that effort.]

Current hired former CNN Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in 2011 to be its president.

Nope, the Left isn’t in collusion with Islam at all.

One other item on the acquisition bears commenting on. Al Gore’s partner is a man named Joel Hyatt, born Joel Hyatt Zylberberg. And as we know, no boon to anti-Americanism and anti-Jewism would be complete without a Jewish sellout helping make it happen. I believe the WWII term for this type is Judenrat:

Current TV becomes Al Jazeera America following acquisition, Al Gore joins ‘advisory board’ (By Ken Yeung, Jan. 3)

Joel Hyatt, a co-founder and vice chairman of US-based Current TV, has confirmed in a memo to his staff that Al Jazeera will be acquiring the eight-year-old television network…

It was reported in the New York Times earlier today that…in doing so [purchasing the network], it was to provide an opening for Al Jazeera to make its way into the United States and leverage Current’s audience.

…Current TV will no longer exist — it will be now known as Al Jazeera America and co-founder and former US Vice President Al Gore will serve on its “advisory board”. Al Jazeera is also purchasing Current TV’s carriage deals with DirecTV, Comcast, Dish, Verizon, and AT&T. Time Warner Cable (which represents a good percentage of the network’s total reach) was not included in the package.

It might interest some to know that Time Warner’s decision to not participate wasn’t because of who bought Current TV. [Would they admit if it was?] Time Warner was already looking at dropping Current TV anyways because it was under-performing and had low-ratings, which fit the current pattern of the network. [If so, why wouldn’t the Time Warner quote in the first item have said so?]

Hyatt says in an internal memo to his staff that “When considering the several suitors who were interested in acquiring Current, it became clear to us that Al Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current. Al Jazeera, like Current, believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us.” [Spoken like a first-grade journalism student. First-graders can a also agree that facts and truth are good. The disagreement is about what constitutes facts and truth. Duh.]

From Hyatt’s memo, Al Jazeera wasn’t the only network trying to acquire Current TV.

[And yet that was Current’s pick.]

…Current TV was formed in 2005 by Gore and Hyatt, along with other venture capital firms, Comcast, and DirecTV.

…Al Jazeera’s Director General Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani says that this deal is a “historic development” in its 16-year history: “…By acquiring Current TV, Al Jazeera will significantly expand our existing distribution footprint in the U.S….”

It looks like Al Jazeera America will go live this year, although the network isn’t saying when exactly.

The complete memo [by Hyatt] is below:

Al and I are thrilled and proud to announce that a few moments ago Current was acquired by Al Jazeera, the award winning international news organization.

When considering the several suitors who were interested in acquiring Current, it became clear to us that Al Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current….Al and I did significant due diligence as part of our evaluation process. We were impressed with all that we learned about Al Jazeera and its journalistic integrity, global reach, award-winning programming, and growing influence around the world. That influence has recently been demonstrated by Al Jazeera’s important and impactful coverage of the Arab Spring, which was widely credited as being the most thorough and informative coverage from any media company. Colin Powell told Al that Al Jazeera is the only cable news network he watches (which he is able to do because Comcast carries it in the Washington, DC market).

Indeed, New York and Washington are the two cities that are cited in every report about the deal, as the two main hubs of Al Jazeera carriage and viewership. New York and Washington. The cesspool, and the seat of evil.

And what an intriguing bit of info about Colin Powell, who we already know plays tennis with Saudi sheiks and accepts Jaguars from them as gifts for his wife. I’ve said it before: If I’m not friends with people who use the N-word, why does Colin Powell play tennis with Jew-killers? (That being just one of the compromising things about this.) Now, the political justification. Look for words like “U.S. ally Qatar,” similar to “U.S. ally Saudi Arabia”:

As you may know, Al Jazeera is funded by the government of Qatar, which is the United States’ closest ally in the Gulf Region, and is where the United States bases its Middle East Air Force operations.

All that means is that the U.S. isn’t what we thought.

I have had first-hand knowledge of Qatar’s policies as a result of my tenure on the Board of The Brookings Institution. The Saban Center for Middle East Policy is a joint venture of The Brookings Institution and Qatar, and it has offices in Washington, DC and Doha, Qatar. Its purpose is to propose practical public policies that can contribute to peace in the Middle East, and its founding Director is my friend, Martin Indyk, the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

While considering this decision, I spent a week in Doha, Qatar, where Al Jazeera is headquartered, and I am pleased to tell you that I could not have been more impressed with their operation. First of all, they are bringing large-scale resources to journalism – something which we have not been able to do. Al Jazeera has more than 80 bureaus around the world, and is seen in more than 260 million homes in 130 countries. Al Jazeera has a staff of over 4000 people, including 400 journalists. Its journalists hail from more than 50 countries, with every conceivable nationality and religion represented on its professional team. Al Jazeera is a major global media player.

The rest of the world thinks so too. Al Jazeera English has won many, many awards including an Alfred I DuPont Award for Best Documentary, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards for freedom of speech and expression, an Amnesty International Award for International TV and Radio, the prestigious Peabody Award, and the Huffington Post Ultimate Media Gamechanger award.

In other words, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Especially if you can get some $$$$$ in the process.

All of this is compelling, but what really convinced Al and me that Al Jazeera would be a great home for the people of Current was their publicly stated Values and Core Capabilities. Their mission includes the following: Diversity (“bringing stories from the underreported communities, societies and cultures from across the globe), Journalistic Integrity (“committed to the uncompromising pursuit of truth and the ideals of journalism”), and A Voice for the Voiceless (“promoting the basic human right of the freedom of expression for people everywhere”).

The standard shit that every news network fancies itself as promoting and pursuing.

Al Jazeera is planning to invest significantly in building “Al Jazeera America,” a network focused on international news for the American audience. Al and I will both serve on the Advisory Board of Al Jazeera America, and we look forward to helping build an important news network.

…They are extremely impressed with our people and our accomplishments. [Like I said, Islam is “impressed” with the Left.] I will be holding staff meetings in the next few days and will introduce the senior folks from Al Jazeera who have led the planning for this entry into the United States…[Folks!]

Getting this transaction done was very difficult. One of Current’s distributors, Time Warner Cable, did not consent to the sale to Al Jazeera. Consequently, Current will no longer be carried on TWC. This is unfortunate, but I am confident that Al Jazeera America will earn significant additional carriage in the months and years ahead.

[Ah, so it WAS because of the Al Jazeera deal; did reporter Ken Yeung miss this part of the memo?]

In the United Kingdom, it has become the number three news network (behind the BBC and Sky News)…

[And the UK — which has a wrapped-up Muslim woman delivering the “alternative Christmas greeting” on public TV — is the model to follow.]

Al and I are incredibly proud of what all of us have been able to accomplish together. Throughout our short history, Current has been a thought leader for the media industry….We have won most of the important awards in the journalism profession. We have stayed true to our independence and courage. And in our choice of new corporate parent, we are continuing to strive to make a difference – to provide the American people with information and analysis they need to live better, more secure, happier lives. I am confident this will continue into the future. [Did he really just say “secure”?]

As I reflected deeply [deeply into his pockets] about this decision – both to sell the company and to whom – I kept coming back to one basic notion: The purpose of journalism is to provide those who don’t know with information and knowledge so that they can become those who do know. Bias and hatred are fueled by ignorance. [More often, ignorance is fueled by bias and hatred. Good luck changing that about the Arab world.] Information and knowledge are the only antidotes to that ignorance. That is the role journalism must play – to provide the knowledge that sweeps away the bias and hatred caused by ignorance. It is a noble pursuit. [Hurl! They actually believe that this is what they do!] I am proud of each and every one of you for your dedication to pursuing that noble goal. And it is a privilege to have worked with all of you these past few years.

Please accept my best wishes for a happy, healthy, exciting and fulfilling New Year!

All the best,
Joel

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