There’s a laughable story out this morning about Al Jazeera and its employment mess. The laughable headline is “How Al Jazeera America Went from a Home for Idealists to a Sexist Mess”.
I’ve had more than one run-in with Al Jazeera employees. They are not idealistic except in the way people who wish for a communist utopia to destroy America and supplant it are idealist.
Al Jazeera is also Al Qaeda’s favorite network, or at least it was, routinely sending the network its propaganda for airing.
So it is laughable that these supposed “idealist” reporters are shell shocked and disappointed to find that Al Jazeera is, in fact, Al Jazeera.
Former AJAM employee Matthew Luke’s lawsuit alleges a litany of sexist, anti-semitic, and “Anti-American” behavior from a senior employee named Osman Mahmud.
Luke alleges that he was fired after clashing with Mahmud, who was promoted from video editor to Senior Vice President of Broadcast Operations in early 2015 despite an apparent lack of qualifications for the promotion (according to the lawsuit, Mahmud is “well-connected” with Mostefa Souag, an executive at AJAM’s parent company). After his promotion, Mahmud allegedly engaged in a pattern of sexist behavior, excluding senior female executives from email chains and meetings, speaking diminutively to women (one female AJAM employee told Jezebel that he routinely calls women in the office “little sister”), and, in some cases, displaying open contempt for women in more senior positions.
Again, this is Al Jazeera. Expecting this network to not be anti-Semitic, anti-American, and anti-female is like expecting to open the pages of Playboy and expect nothing but interviews.
These aren’t idealist, they’re people who need to grow the hell up and realize where they’re working, who funds it, and what the views of its management actually have been for years.