Thanks to Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs for use of "JihadTV," a term he coined to describe the Arab "news" channel, Al-Jazeera. Also found via the ever-vigilant LGF, here are recent articles examining the anti-American/Israeli, pro-jihad bias in Arab media: Mamoun Fandy on Where Al-Jazeera & Co. Are Coming From; Stefan Sharkansky on How The Arab Media Reports on The War; and Bill Hobbes on Whitewashing Al-Jazeera.
And there's this quote from a BBC story: "Some Arab channels are not showing the good, they do not show when the Americans bring help to the Iraqi people. They show just one side," says Balqis Aziz, who joined up to 2,000 other Kuwaitis at an open air meeting to reaffirm their support for the efforts to unseat Saddam Hussein. (Via The Command Post)
UPDATE: WorldNetDaily.com reports: Arab media slammed over war coverage: Editor of Saudi daily says reporters lying to try to bolster morale. Excerpt: "I know that adopting an impartial stand in the [Arab] media world is akin to suicide, because there are many who push the media into extremes and take 'nationalistic' positions and maintain that whoever thinks differently is committing treason against the [national] cause. [They maintain] that lying for the sake of the cause is moral and honorable." (Hat tip justdanny at LGF)
UPDATE April 8: Yahoo News reports that Jailed Iraqi children run free as marines roll into Baghdad suburbs. Excerpt: More than 100 children held in a prison celebrated their freedom as US marines rolled into northeast Baghdad amid chaotic scenes which saw civilians loot weapons from an army compound, a US officer said. ... "The children had been imprisoned because they had not joined the youth branch of the Baath party," he alleged. "Some of these kids had been in there for five years." (Via LGF)
Posted by Forkum at April 7, 2003 12:07 AM