According to critics and press monitoring studies, Qatari journalists have been accused of “demonizing” Donald Trump, with the Al Jazeera network alone transmitting more than 1,800 news articles intended to discredit the US president.
Al Jazeera — in which Qatar has invested billions of dollars since it first came on air in 1996 — has reportedly aired offensive remarks on Trump across its various internet and broadcast channels and in multiple languages.
These comments vary from challenging the validity of Trump in office and his mental health to accusing him of racism and supporting his opponents.
Other Qatar-backed channels were also accused with bias against Trump and criticism of latest U.S. peace process initiatives, while Al Jazeera was subject to wider accusations of stirring hate. One cartoon released by a Qatari news agency depicts Trump as a worm, while another shows him with his mouth full of cash.
A recent video aired from Al Jazeera appeared to encourage Michael Cohen, the former private attorney of Trump turned enemy. Cohen, once one of Trump’s most faithful assistants, pleaded guilty to allegations of campaign financing violations, and involved Trump directly in paying “hush money” to avoid two women from talking out about supposed extramarital affairs.
In a study that also mentioned protests by activists at a Trump hotel, one Al Jazeera channel commented on the significance of Cohen in the “world trend list.”
Media-monitoring research into archives shows countless anti-Trump attacks from sources like Al Jazeera English and AJ+ internet video service. Last year, for instance, the latter presented a clip showcasing what it proposed could be “the Trump presidency’s nine most racist moments.”
A December 2017 Al Jazeera English broadcast doubted the mental health of the president after he mumbled a word’s pronunciation in a speech. Part of this strategy is to stimulate U.S. hate in the Arab world, something that is consistent with the Muslim Brotherhood’s methods.
It’s truly a dangerous signal because the Qataris clearly host the Al Udeid Air Base, which is the region’s largest U.S. air base … they’re playing a very dirty game in demonizing the U.S. and making the Arab world’s people hate the U.S.