A report in the Washington Post that said Osama bin Laden had been hatching a plan to assassinate President Barack Obama also contained another interesting nugget of information: A media adviser for the dead Al Qaeda chief apparently doesn’t care for Fox News.
The Post report, published Friday, said Bin Laden hoped to attack the aircraft carrying Obama and Gen. David Petraeus, then the commander of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. The goal in killing Obama was to elevate Vice President Joe Biden to the position of commander in chief, whom Bin Laden believed incapable of doing the job.
“The reason for concentrating on them,” Bin Laden said, according to the Post, “is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency.…Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis. As for Petraeus, he is the man of the hour…and killing him would alter the war’s path.”
The plans were gleaned from documents taken from Bin Laden’s Abottabad compound in Pakistan after he was killed last year by a team of elite Navy SEALs. The Post got an exclusive look at the documents, though administration officials contended there was never a serious threat.
According to the Post, Bin Laden hoped for a major terrorist attack to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001:
They also had elaborate media plans. Adam Gadahn, a U.S.-born media adviser, even discussed in a message to his boss what would be the best television outlets for a bin Laden anniversary video.
“It should be sent for example to ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN and maybe PBS and VOA. As for Fox News let her die in her anger,” Gadahn wrote. At another point, he said of the networks: “From a professional point of view, they are all on one level — except (Fox News) channel, which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks objectivity, too.”
What an unintended boost for Fox, which can now boast that it is al-Qaeda’s least favorite network.