Expanding upon Joel Mowbray's explosive column MAD TV, exposing Al-Hurra the taxpayer financed Arab TV network that provided a platform to Islamic terrorists, ABC News is now reporting that the US government gave terrorists unfettered airtime.
Testifying under oath recently, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice misled Congress in her strong defense of Al-Hurra, the taxpayer financed Arab TV network. This is the person running the entire foreign policy show. This the dhimmi with extraordinary power who is dealing with merciless, bloodthirsty Islamists who intend to install a worldwide caliphate.
Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program.
That might explain why critics say the service has recently been caught broadcasting terrorist messages, including an hour-long tirade on the importance of anti-Jewish violence, among other questionable pieces.
Facing tough questions before a congressional panel last week, Broadcasting Board of Governors member Joaquin Blaya admitted none of the senior news managers at the network spoke Arabic when the terrorist messages made it onto the air courtesy of U.S. taxpayer funds. Nor did Blaya himself or any of the other officials at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the network.
G-d forbid the State department would ever employ Israeli translators who know this language down cold. Ask Itamar Marcus for G-ds's sake, uh make that for our sake. No Israeli translators working for State. Think their Arabist?
"How does it happen that the terrorists take over?" asked Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, D-N.Y., at a hearing last Wednesday of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee he chairs. "Is there no adult supervision?"
Blaya conceded that the top officials in the network's chain of command could not understand what was being said on al Hurra broadcasts.
Very bad. Although the way Karen Hughes is being used as such a tool, I wouldn't be surprsied if she sanctioned in in the interest of "getting along with others." Kumbaya baby.
Also, the network's news division also had no assignment desk, he said. That left decisions over al Hurra's content in the hands of its reporters and producers, who are, according to Blaya, hastily-hired Arabic-speaking journalists with insufficient understanding of Western journalistic practices or the network's pro-Western mission.
Blaya's comments were first reported by Congressional Quarterly.
It has never been al Hurra's policy to "provide an open, live microphone to terrorists," Blaya assured lawmakers. "It should not have happened."