My Mideast Punchlines: a question of standards….

Clarion Project says The New York Times has become the new mouthpiece for Al Jazeera, the Qatari state-owned media outlet which the monarchy uses to spew its extremism.

In an opinion piece written by the editorial board of the Times, the prestigious newspaper objects to attempts by six Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen – to “muzzle … the state-funded news station.”

The demand — among 12 other ultimata issued by the Gulf States – is due to Qatar’s support of terrorism and Al Jazeera’s role in that project.

Over the past decades, Qatar has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the U.S.-designated terror organization Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s affiliate in Gaza. In March, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal unveiled the new Hamas Charter in the Sheraton Hotel in Doha. As recently as February, Qatar sent $100 million to Gaza, as part of a $1-billion package they promised the terrorist-run entity after starting its latest war with Israel.

It is well-known that money sent to Hamas, ostensibly ear-marked for rebuilding the war zone, ends up being used to fund terror.

And Hamas is not the only beneficiary of Qatar’s terror largess. The country has been called the “Club Med of terror funding and the “most two-faced nation in the world” for its part in global terror financing.

As Clarion says, we must ask if, during World War II, the Nazis had used a media arm controlled by Hitler to broadcast their message, would The New York Times have defended it as free speech and “providing a unique view” on Germany? Would the Times have said that, with the exception that criticism of Hitler wasn’t allowed on the channel, that the station hewed to “international journalistic standards?”

Probably. I mean it’s the same old NYT that buried news of the Nazi’s genocide of Jews somewhere at the bottom of page 53. Same standards as Al Jazeera? You bethcha!

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