Because the Arab-speaking channel of the al-Jazeera news network routinely gets exclusive access to Osama bin Laden's videotape propaganda, CBS' Wyatt Andrews repeated criticism of its newly-launched English-language channel as "Osama TV." By the way, if CBS were to obtain a bin Laden exclusive, airing it would be the right journalistic thing to do, even at the risk of being called names by Andrews' sources.
Andrews quoted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld--"vicious, inaccurate, inexcusable"--to demonstrate how "most Americans" do not like the channel. How would they know? No US cable and satellite channel carries the feed: "TV news they cannot get on TV," Andrews called it.
ABC's Brian Ross has no such scruples about reporting on al-Qaeda and its supporters. Alexis Debat of his Investigative team smuggled a camera into an Islamic festival outside Lahore, where Ross' sources claim English radicals of Pakistani descent were recruited for last year's London suicide bomb attacks. Ross added that al-Qaeda is having an easier time recruiting in Pakistan following last month's CIA drone attack on a madrasah that killed 80.
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