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September 09, 2007

Bin Laden is Not On Lefty Sites, But His Speechwriter May Be

An author at lefty site ThinkProgress is lamenting the fact that "[t]he media continue to equate progressives with terrorists." (No link as per established policy; look it up yourself.)

On Friday, CNN correspondent Kelli Arena commented on the new bin Laden tape (see it on YouTube):

At times he comes off like an angry blogger chastising Americans for electing President Bush twice and the Democrats for not doing more to stop the Iraq war.

The New York Times' David Brooks followed suit and simultaneously ridiculed blog commenters while speaking on PBS's NewsHour (see it on YouTube):

You read this thing, and its like hes been sitting around reading lefty blogs, and hes one of these childish people posting rants at the bottom the page, you know, Noam Chomsky and all this stuff.

I don't think that's far from the truth. I doubt bin Laden is reading the Left Blogosphere, but it is undeniable that terrorist PR efforts make use of the internet to fashion their message. I don't think that there is a more ready-made package of anti-Bush, anti-War on Terror media than that provided daily by the Left Blogosphere.

Which net-savy terrorist may be writing bin Laden's script? The Telegraph has an article today linking traitor Adam Gadahn to bin Laden's latest video. Gadahn is the only American charged with treason in the last 55 years.

What surprised analysts was his use of the language of Left-wing protesters, which showed detailed knowledge of the economic travails of middle America.

...

A former senior US intelligence official said: "It has Adam Gadahn written all over it." Mike Baker, a former CIA covert operations officer, said the tape left bin Laden with "the title of biggest gas bag in the terrorist world".

ThinkProgress may want to address why bin Laden sounds so much like a progressive commenter while it takes legacy media and the Right Blogosphere to task for noticing the similarity. Just think, the next leftist commenter whose rantings you try to avoid could be working for the other side.


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