We’ve been treated to an embarrassing amount of fake news from CNN of late, not to mention outright blackmail over a spoof video, but one would hope they’d hit the bottom of the barrel. Apparently not. Would you believe…CNN actually contracted an al-Qaeda propagandist to assist with their reporting?
American Muslim Bilal Abdul Kareem presents himself as a “journalist & documentary filmmaker,” who is reporting directly out of Syria. He publishes his own reports on his social media, and even boasts a verified Twitter account. He also runs the YouTube channel “On the Ground News.”
A closer look at Kareem’s work however reveals him to be more of a propagandist than journalist, reporting from al-Qaeda controlled areas, and always presenting a one-sided perspective against the Syrian government. He also harshly criticizes ISIS (which is at war with al-Qaeda and their affiliates), while featuring extensive interviews with members of al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s Syrian afiliate.
For some unknown reason, Western outlets that feature Bilal’s reporting (and interview him) always fail to mention the concern over where his alliances lie. CNN even went so far as to hire him for an award-winning documentary on Syria – and it was the far-Left journalists over at AlterNet who caught CNN in the act of trying to cover up their tracks.
As Max Blumenthal documented, on June 16, Bilal sat down before a camera to vent his frustration with a former employer. Bilal Abdul Kareem described how he and his online outlet, On the Ground News, had been contracted by CNN to film the documentary Undercover in Syria.“This was with CNN and their correspondent Clarissa Ward, which I have big-time respect for, big-time respect as a journalist, as a person,” Abdul Kareem remarked.
With a sardonic grin, Abdul Kareem described how he was slighted: “This Undercover in Syria, you can Google it — it won the prestigious Peabody Award, and it won the prestigious Overseas Press Club Award, which are basically the highest awards in journalism for international reporting. Now, [CNN] barely mentioned my name! I’m telling you, somehow CNN must have forgotten that I was the one that filmed it, I guess they forgot that.”