Russiagate is working it's way up the media food-chain
First they came for RT, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a RT.
You had to know that it was only a matter of time before this happened.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate whether Al Jazeera, the Middle Eastern news outlet chartered by the Qatari government, should register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent.
Al Jazeera “directly undermines American interests,” according to a letter sent by Representatives Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat; Lee Zeldin, a New York Republican; and 16 other House members. Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, also signed the letter. The lawmakers added that the State Department has determined the news organization, which is headquartered in Doha, is state controlled.
So how does Al-Jazeera "directly undermine American interests"?
I'll give you a hint: the accusation is of the network conducting a "months-long spy operation on American Jews and supporters of Israel."
The lawmaker's letter calls its broadcasts “anti-American, anti-Semitic, and anti-Israel”.
To put it another way, al-Jazeera dared to film a documentary on AIPAC.
On the final day of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference, news broke that an undercover Al Jazeera documentary — about the very topic of Jewish advocacy for Israel — might lead to espionage charges against the network.
As part of the documentary, a young man went undercover to work for pro-Israel lobbying and fundraising groups. American critics have argued that this constituted “espionage” against US citizens, since Al Jazeera is funded by the government of Qatar. Al Jazeera should therefore be forced to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA.
Obviously al-Jazeera objected.
When documentaries are espionage, then journalism is in real trouble.
Also, the lobbying practices of Israeli groups must be very unethical.