Did you wonder why the American news media went balls-to-the-wall over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?
Last year, Khashoggi, a Saudi author who penned opinion columns in the Washington Post favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was never seen again.
It turns out that Jamal Khashoggi was a Qatari asset.
Yet the media deified Khashoggi — painting him as a noble journalist and defender of free speech whose murder by the Saudis was somehow the fault of President Donald J. Trump.
From David Reaboi at Security Studies Group:
No outlet did more in the service of cementing that symbolism than the Washington Post and its news and editorial staff. Since October, that outlet has functioned unofficially as the most relentless and influential anti-Saudi lobbying shop in the nation’s capital. Indeed, the successful campaign of hagiography spearheaded by The Post prompted Time Magazine to name Khashoggi and other members of the media “Person of the Year.”
Of course, in order to do this, the media largely ignored salient facts about him that emerged almost immediately: his long history as an apologist and propagandist for the Muslim Brotherhood; his youthful collaboration with Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda in Afghanistan; his antipathy toward both Israel and Shia Muslims; as well as rumors about his questionable and financial links to Qatari intelligence.
Now, shockingly, the Washington Post itself has largely revealed those rumors to be true. We now know that Jamal Khashoggi was never a journalist—at least, not in the usual sense of the word; he was a highly-partisan operative who worked with a handler to publish propaganda at the behest of the Emirate of Qatar. He was, in other words, an agent of influence.
Would it surprise you to learn that Qatar’s influence over the American news media and the DC Establishment goes far beyond the Washington Post hiring Jamal Khashoggi?
Qatar has been paying top dollar to influence American politics and media in ways that would make Rachel Maddow apoplectic if Qatar was spelled R-U-S-S-I-A.
Never Trump “luminaries” also benefit from Qatar. Not surprising since the Trump Administration considers Saudi Arabia an ally. So it shouldn’t surprise you to discover that Qatar has hosted noted media Never Trumpers Rick Wilson and Michael Steele.
And not just them:
What is @EvanMcMullin doing at offices of the Qatar-America institute? Worth remembering his handler, Rick Wilson, went to the Doha Forum & offered endless praise for terror-funding Qatar regime. Something very off. Doha known to interfere in internal affairs of many nations.— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) March 26, 2019
The mainstream news media may be quiet about this influence operation.
But it is getting reported.
Yesterday, I took a half hour to watch Mike Cernovich’s new investigative film “Blood Money: How Qatar Bought Off The Entire D.C. Establishment.”
And I can’t recommend it enough.
As Cernovich puts it at his website:
Who really controls Washington, D.C.? Is it Russia, China, or someone else?
What nation is paying prominent members of the Never Trump movement to spread foreign propaganda in the United States?
Who pays the salary of prominent lawfare writer Benjamin Wittes, and why should you care?
Qatar has its fingers in quite a few pies – including the Brookings Institution.
And it isn’t shy about throwing money around – gobs and gobs of money.
And why should you care?
Well, aside from the fact that a foreign government is trying to influence American media and politics, maybe because Qatar also sponsors terrorism and is a promoter of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Take some time to watch “Blood Money.”
This is the foreign influence peddling operation that the American news media willfully ignores – often because members of that very news media financially benefit from a cozy relationship with Qatar.
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