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Al Qaeda Condemns "Unfair" Pro-Obama Press Bias

12/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Counterterrorism Blog reports that Al Qaeda isn't pleased with the media reaction to its anti-Obama missive:

Global reactions to Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's controversial condemnation of U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama as a "House Slave" (or, alternatively, "House Negro") have begun to pour in -- including via the top jihad web forums used by Al-Qaida to disseminate its propaganda. Though hardcore Al-Qaida supporters have predictably dismissed any criticism of Dr. al-Zawahiri and are fiercely backing his choice of words, there is a rather ironic (if not entirely unfamiliar) twist to this issue. After observing international press reporting on the incident, these same supporters are now bitterly attacking the media for its "unfair" pro-Obama bias and for deliberately "confusing" the meaning of al-Zawahiri's message.

Experts in the U.S. have interpreted the tape as showing fear among jihadists that President Obama will dilute their message and make it harder from them to recruit. "By returning to American values the world admires, Obama sets al Qaeda back enormously in the battle of ideas, the ideological struggle which determines whether al Qaeda will continue to have significant support in the Islamic world," said Richard Clarke.

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