Having said all that, I need to clarify something for Western readers who may have watched the English-language division of Al Jazeera. For those viewers, the English version often seems “no more radical than CNN or BBC.” In fact, many of the personnel for the English division came from those two organizations.
But when it comes to the mother ship—the Arabic channel of Al Jazeera—it’s a whole different ballgame. On the Arabic version, reporter after reporter often creates a narrative that fits their anti-Christian, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic milieu.
Qatar and its rulers trying to cover themselves with the golden robe of a popular cause—such as their supposed support of the fight against human trafficking—is to cover what may not be savory intentions.
When it comes to hypocrisy, there is plenty of guilt to go around. But Doha’s hosting of the forum against human trafficking represents a new low in the annals of duplicity.