DOHA: Qatar is launching a new television station as a political counterweight to Al Jazeera amid concern the network has become too supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The new station, which is yet to be named, will be based in London and, according to its management, will take a firmly anti-Islamic standpoint across its entire output.
“We’ve really looked to what Fox News has achieved,” said managing director Riz Halabi. “I mean, Fox can be accused of being many things; ignorant, racist and almost comically biased being just a few. But nobody in their right mind would suggest they support the Muslim Brotherhood in any way, shape or form.”
With this in mind, the channel will be offering its viewers a “woefully misleading” outlook on the Arab world throughout its reporting.
“We’ll be following a staunchly anti-Muslim agenda, with classic scaremongering about the rise of Islam and sharia law, together with crude stereotypes about terrorists, used throughout,” added Halabi. “Hell, we’ll probably even attack Al Jazeera for being a ‘cheerleader for terror’ or something, although we’ll probably have to change the wording as Fox already has that one.”
Backed by the bottomless pockets of the gas-rich Qatari state, the station has already managed to lure some of the world’s foremost anti-Islamics into its fold.
Conservative champion Glenn Beck will host a nightly show, while televangelist Bill Keller has reportedly been given the breakfast news slot with prominent Muslim critic Pamela Geller in a multi-million dollar deal. Ryan Mauro, an up-and-coming anti-Islamic currently preaching his ill-informed opinions on Fox News, is rumoured to have been tapped as an anchor.
“There’s no denying that we want to attract the best talent,” admitted Halabi. “If we’re to show the world that Qatar’s news networks don’t support the Muslim Brotherhood, then it’s essential that Qatar broadcasts the most hateful, Islamophobic news ever seen.”