Republicans assail Ossoff’s work with Al-Jazeera in Georgia’s Sixth

Jon Ossoff in a campaign attack ad linking him to Al Jazeera.

Republicans have seized on a new line of attack against Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign for Georgia’s Sixth District, questioning his documentary work for the Al Jazeera TV network.

Former Johns Creek councilman Bob Gray, who has increasingly targeted Ossoff, launched a web ad this week with footage of the Democrat in Han Solo garb while in college. In white text, the words “HE EVEN WORKED FOR AL JAZEERA” flash across the screen.

Ossoff’s campaign said in a statement the investigative film company he has led since 2013 has produced films for Al Jazeera and other clients around the world. It added that Ossoff “condemns partisan attacks that appeal to fear and stands by his work as a journalist and businessman.”

 


 

Al Jazeera is owned by Qatar, the energy-rich Arab nation, and is now one of the largest TV news gathering organizations in the world.

It has been accused of being a propaganda outlet for the Qatari government and of having an anti-Western bias, though in 2013 the network pumped money and resources into hiring Western-trained journalists to cover American news objectively for a U.S.-based outlet. That network shuttered in 2016.

Ossoff has come under increasing attacks from many of the 11 Republicans and four Democrats in the April 18 special election to represent the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb. Republicans have held the seat for decades, but Donald Trump’s struggles in the district – he won the territory by a one-point margin – give Democrats hope of flipping it.

With his “Make Trump Furious” campaign, Ossoff claims to have raised more than $3 million in campaign cash and has locked down support of national political figures and many local party leaders. But Republicans have mobilized a counteroffensive, including a $1.1 million attack ad campaign that depicts the 30-year-old former Congressional aide as inexperienced.

Here’s the Ossoff campaign’s full statement on Al Jazeera:

“Jon Ossoff’s company has produced films and video content for multiple clients and news organizations around the world, including Al Jazeera, since Jon became its CEO in 2013. In the last six months, the company’s productions have appeared on or have been acquired by the BBC (UK), RTL (Netherlands), DR (Denmark), TVN (Poland), SVT (Sweden), and TIM (Italy), in addition to Al Jazeera (Qatar).

 

Under Jon’s leadership, the company’s investigations have resulted in the arrest of foreign officials stealing U.S.-taxpayer-funded aid and quack doctors who mutilate women, as well as exposed atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq, including sexual slavery. Founded in 1991, the company has produced documentaries for dozens of international broadcast clients and was on the team that produced the Oscar-nominated film “Blood Diamond.”

 

Its productions for CNN have won two Emmy Awards. Jon condemns partisan attacks that appeal to fear and stands by his work as a journalist and businessman.”

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House GOP health care plan divides Sixth District candidates

Jon Ossoff rattles conservatives in race for Georgia’s Sixth

The fight over Tom Price’s seat could be a referendum on Trump

Newcomer with war chest gives Democrats hope in Georgia’s 6th

Dan Moody’s ad debut: ‘I’m going to need a bigger shovel’

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All about the Georgia 6th congressional district election

Republicans target Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth with ‘Han Solo’ ad

 

 

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103 comments
Patricia Baker Charles
Patricia Baker Charles

The more Republican put him down, the more the people like me, will research him and find out what a good candidate he is. I already plan to vote for him.

Chloecake
Chloecake

At the 6th Deocratic. Congressional forum, four of the five candidates were pretty amicable. Four focused on a different issue of concern where their expertise lie. Each one had first-hand real-life experience that eliminated the consequences of what Washington is currently trying to do to the public. As time goes on I think we'll all see that these are class issues, the elimination of the ACA, funding for public education, minimum wage fairness, and corruption in Washington. This article makes it seem like Jon was on his own even within the Democratic party and  that just wasn't the case in the discussion. He was just the strongest candidate and certainly the one with the most resources and organization. 


I was sorry to see Al Jazerra go. It brought fresh and comprehensive reporting on subjects not always in the mainstream media.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

This tells US the Guardian Of Party FEARS this Man.

David Andrews
David Andrews

So it's not ok for Republicans to attack dems?/?

Randy George
Randy George

Why do the left continue to defend Islam? Is it ignorance or stupidity?

Randy George
Randy George

Greg Jones, these folks really don't believe they will kill them... Unbelievable.

Hugo Kundert
Hugo Kundert

Because of freedom of religion. What country do you live in?

Randy George
Randy George

Well, just remember to tell them how tollerant you are when they take over your town like what's happening in Dearborn Michigan and denying you your Constitutional rights over Sharia law. Also don't forget to remind them of your love for their peaceful religion when they hold a blade to your throat before they spill your blood declaring religious freedom.

Adam Levenstein
Adam Levenstein

"like what's happening in Dearborn Michigan and denying you your Constitutional rights over Sharia law. "

Greg Jones
Greg Jones

Idiots. They'll be the first to be made to bend over at the sword, face mecca and chant to that pervert, goat humping allah.

Greg Jones
Greg Jones

Course not, Randy. They live in a land of unicorns and daisies. Way outside reality....moonbats, freaks, fruits, nuts, flakes. I wish some would get a demo.

cynthia shalit
cynthia shalit

Ossoff seems pretty  ethical to me and his investigative work with  Jazeer resulted in the bad guys getting caught.  Democrats need to rally around Ossoff if they want to get another voice in Congress to confront Trump. 

I LIKE all the other  Democratic candidates. but we have to make  a choice and unite behind one candidate. Jon has the best chance.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Didn't Trump quote AJ? Would it have been an issue for the GAGOP if it had been RT News....oh...but......wait....RT is the Alt Right GAGOP fave.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Try as they will the Republicans will come with the smearing and lies. They are scared of John Ossoff.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

No it's sad that the lies still work on the ignorant

Greg Jones
Greg Jones

It is sad they still work very well for the profession of victimology. See my remarks above. Demoncrats cant exist without feigned outrage and lots of victims - victims who have believed their lies and schemes just as ole Johnson stated years ago. And thats been their platform at least since then and will be from now on.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Greg Jones LBJ best explained people like you... “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s is better than the best colored man, he won’t know you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him someone to look down on and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon B Johnson

Jackie Lovett
Jackie Lovett

Hahahaha this is so funny! #Flipthe6th #Ossoff \U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8 no run off for us!!!!

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

I guess if "HE EVEN WORKED FOR RT" that would be alright, then.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Scared to death of Ossoff instead of what Trump is doing to the US of A. JFC

Turner Rentz
Turner Rentz

I remember distinctly when this same, tired , old group of people who came up with this strategy used it on Max Cleland. This is a losing strategy against a progressive like Ossoff - he's a good man, I think he can make it.

Fred South
Fred South

He has made it obvious that he is one of the hateful liberals! He screwed the pooch as far as I'm concerned!

Cecelia Landress
Cecelia Landress

He is new. He should have at least enough manners to not attack other politicians. He should have talked about his beliefs and credentials

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Republicans are literally grasping at straws with these commercials. The one about him dressing up as somebody from Star Wars in college is a true act of desperation.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Larry Clark What a stupid response. I guess you don't like any movies do you? You seem like a fun person

Jeff Budkoski
Jeff Budkoski

Interesting, this is the first place I've heard this. But all you have to say is that Pelosi is throwing a fundraiser for Ossoff. That'd be enough. Do Georgian's want Ms Pelosi to make decisions for them because she thinks she's intellectually superior?

Chuck Sears
Chuck Sears

I watch Al Jazeera in Europe, Good coverage of events.

Mark Cosby
Mark Cosby

Republicans know their voters are such xenophobic simpletons that simply saying a middle eastern sounding word in connection with their rivals is enough. This is why democracy is impossible.

Ken Murphy
Ken Murphy

I saw this bozos ad on t.v. this morning, all it was was a trump bash. This guy's a looser.

CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

I think it's dangerous,stupid&idiotic to line yourself with a terrorist organization

CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

They have direct ties to terrorist organizations all over the world,I don't believe in them and don't trust them

Adam Levenstein
Adam Levenstein

Al Jazeera English is no more a terrorist organization than the BBC is.

Leigh Anne Rehkopf
Leigh Anne Rehkopf

If by "line" (you probably mean align) or "ties" you mean "investigates terroristic organizations' atrocities and reports them to the Western world and the rest of the globe," then you would be correct.

Sherri Deloach
Sherri Deloach

That's exactly what I've been saying about Trump he's aligned himself with Putin

CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

Not only do they investigate terrorist but also have direct ties to them and they have been known to have some of the same beliefs that the terrorist have

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Liberals love Muslims because they share a common enemy.....America.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

I'm bright enough to vote for a winner instead of a two-time loser.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

He didn't mean it, his boyfriend would slap him silly.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Trump takes money from liberals, too.

John Guzzardo
John Guzzardo

And they ya have it folks. The reason for the folks doesn't matter how qualified or best suited, as long as the guy wins. Same mentality college football fans of crooked programs have.

David Burlett
David Burlett

Found you a real nut bag here, Lou Davis! Don't hurt him, he's a scrawny pathetic excuse of a human being. He must be the only snowflake in Pittsburgh. Plus the poor guys dying. Have ya a few more drinks and smoke a little, it will help your pneumonia. He's pretty intelligent to boot, using those big words. I can certainly see why he can't get a girl

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

I'm enjoying Donaldus Magnus every day, and looking forward to eight years of American greatness. I think you might not be so happy. Too bad my miserable liberal friend. I really hate it for you. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

He is why the whole world hates liberals.

David Burlett
David Burlett

Yep, it something good everyday, either jobs and now his 38 million he paid in taxes. Lol, that killing the snowflake! I was born in Pittsburgh and my cousins live up there, Lou Davis, trust me they are ruff and tough people, this one must be a inbred.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

He seems irritable, perhaps some butt-hurt salve would help.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Wimps like him would never have the courage to insult you to your face, they are cowards who hide behind the Internet. I have no respect for a man like that.

David Burlett
David Burlett

I agree and that's the product he needs to order!