DOJ Bombshell: Qatari Foreign Agents’ $250K Deal for PBS Documentary

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The Department of Justice just dropped a bombshell: A Gulf state cozy with Hamas is allegedly greasing the gears of American media. According to DOJ filings, Qatar, an oil-rich country known for its hospitality towards militant groups and a keen interest in expanding its global sway, splurged a hefty $250,000 to bankroll a documentary.

Thanks to Qatar’s indirect funding via Yemen Crisis Watch, a group supposedly concerned about Yemen’s plight, Burt Wolf got his slice of the pie. Wolf is a well-known journalist who usually globe trots for CNN and ABC. Federal prosecutors claim that the documentary was part of Qatar’s extensive public relations effort to target two rivals: the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

In a 30-minute documentary, Doug Watts, a longtime Republican operative who founded Yemen Crisis Watch, discusses the organization’s focus on raising awareness about humanitarian issues in Yemen. These issues stem from a war between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition. Towards the end of the show, Wolf criticizes Westerners for ignoring the messages of religious leaders such as Jesus, Moses, and Buddha concerning Yemen. “When you consider the situation in places like Yemen, you have to question why people are not receiving their message,” said Wolf.

This eyebrow-raising exposé sheds light on Qatar’s adeptness at wielding money to shape Western perceptions and raises red flags about how deeply foreign pockets can penetrate American media integrity. Once seen as a bastion of independent journalism, PBS finds itself unexpectedly in the spotlight for airing content financed by a country criticized for human rights concerns and cozy relationships with unsavory characters.

Beyond the irony of a network that airs both Sesame Street and geopolitical propaganda, this saga exposes the broader challenge of controlling foreign influence. Qatar’s extensive lobbying efforts and penchant for funding everything from Ivy League institutions to military museums underscore a sophisticated strategy of buying influence under the guise of humanitarian concern. PBS is merely their latest effort to influence the American public.

As the DOJ untangles this web of international intrigue, one can’t help but wonder how many more unsuspecting American institutions have unwittingly become pawns in Qatar’s global chess game.