The old saying goes “The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend.” The question is, what do we consider the “Preferred Media Outlet of My Enemy?” This comes up occasionally, especially when documents are found in Bin Laden’s compound that discuss different American media outlets. The analysis is interesting, though not overly surprising. Even more interesting is the special place Al Qaeda had in its heart for none other than Keith Olbermann.
In late 2010, as Bin Laden’s life was winding down to a short, violent meeting with Seal Team 6, former American and current traitor Adam Gadahn sent him (his boss) a breakdown of how to deal with the MSM. In this document, he discusses which networks have good (i.e. mostly pro Al Qaeda) coverage and which have bad. Unsurprisingly, Fox News Channel comes in for specific abuse. According to the aforementioned aphorism, this would make them every American’s friend. Someone give Eric Boehlert the memo.
This stands in contrast to broadcast stations ABC and CBS. These big boys came in for exceptionally flattering statements, as did CNN’s Arabic language service.
Where things start getting interesting is the way in which the Al-Qaeda spin doctor refers to MSNBC. One would think, considering his attitude to other channels, that the home of Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz would be in for special praise. Not so much, it seems. They were in the good graces of the world’s premiere terrorist organization, defined as neutral to good, until they did the unthinkable: They fired Gadahn’s favorite media man. Yes, MSNBC became a Cable News Channel Non Grata when they axed Keith Olbermann. Well, not that bad, but it did put a dent in the station’s credibility with Team Jihad.
All in all, it paints a rather dismal picture of most of the heavy hitters in American television journalism. If Al Qaeda’s head of media relations thinks you’re good for the group, then you might be doing something wrong. I think that goes double for Keith Olbermann. Then again, everyone knows he’s doing something wrong, which is why some kid in Delaware’s weekly vlog about Magic the Gathering gets more viewers than Olby these days. So, I’m sure he’s happy that at least Adam Gadahn still watches him.