An ex-Mujahideen fighter alongside Bin Laden in Afghanistan. A fervent Wahhibist/Salafist. A guy who believed the “Arab Spring” should be brought under Saudi control.
These, it seems, are some of the facts about the supposed “dissident” journalist Jamal Khashoggi that aren’t really being aired. To be fair, The Independent (just today) seems to be taking a slightly more intelligent line beyond the emotionally manipulative and tedious “black hat/white hat” reporting that has become almost the defining mark of liberal mainstream media these days.
The RealNews (a progressive Canadian outlet) aired an interview with Professor As`ad AbuKhalil that offered up some thoughtful analysis. “The Angry Arab” as he called his blog after being labelled that by a TV producer, is worth checking out, though it seems his writings are now being published by Consortium News, another source for thoughtful news pieces in this age of smash.
Given that I’m still at the stage of scratching my head somewhat over all of this, I don’t know enough about what’s what to ask much beyond – if it was the case that Nazi’s were bumping one another off, why would I be presumed to care? Or, if Nazi’s were bumping one another off, why would anyone try to manipulate me into caring?
Sure. Do the investigation and apply justice. That should happen regardless of how despicable or laudable the parties involved are . But if it’s all so much “Game of Thrones” on some kind of evil steroids, then “our” media really needs to knock off with the emotional manipulation. It needs to stop trying (as it seems to be doing with just about everything these days) to get people to assume some slack mouthed eyes are forgetting to blink OMG! palms on cheeks pose.
Anyway. Here’s the interview As`ad AbuKhalil gave for RealNews, and the Consortium News link above is to his written piece on the same issue.