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Osama bin Laden's Take on American News Outlets

In another letter uncovered from the al Qaida leaders last hideout in suburban Pakistan, the terror leader reveals his American media strategy. Apparently, Osama bin Laden had become disenchanted with MSNBC and CNN and harbored a bitter hatred for a third cable news outlet of note.

Adding to their anniversary media dump, the U.S. military revealed a lighter document recovered from Abbottabad in which Osama bin Laden details his opinion of each major American media outlet. Out of the 6,000 page glut of terror documents that bin Laden produced during his Pakistani exile, this one provides a the closest thing to comic relief.

Check out the excerpts below and see what the 9/11 mastermind thought about your favorite channel:

From the professional point of view, they are all on one level—except [Fox News] channel which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks neutrality too.

As for the neutrality of CNN in English, it seems to be in cooperation with the government more than the others (except Fox News of course). Its Arabic version brings good and detailed reports about al-Sahab releases, with a lot of quotations from the original text. That means they copy directly from the releases or its gist. It is not like what other channels and sites do, copying from news agencies like Reuters, AP and others.

I used to think that MSNBC channel may be good and neutral a bit, but is has lately fired two of the most famous journalists —Keith Olberman and Octavia Nasser the Lebanese—because they released some statements that were open for argument.

CBS channel was mentioned by the Shaykh, I see that it is like the other channels, but it has a famous program (60 Minutes) that has some popularity and a good reputation for its long broadcasting time. Only God knows the reality, as I am not really in a position to do so.

ABC channel is all right; actually it could be one of the best channels, as far as we are concerned. It is interested in al-Qa'ida issues, particularly the journalist Brian Ross, who is specialized in terrorism. The channel is still proud for its interview with the Shaykh. It also broadcasted excerpts from a speech of mine on the fourth anniversary, it also published most of that text on its site on the internet.


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