Axios ran an ad on its website Sunday promoting war propaganda paid for by a Saudi-American group launching an ad campaign for The Qatar Insider, whose stated objective is to expose various types of support for terrorist and “extreme Islamist groups.”
The Ad ran a headline that read “It’s Time to Face The Facts On Qatar.”
Under the headline was a picture of money in serval different national currencies covered with bullets. Quotes from President Donald Trump, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce, and a former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. connecting Qatar to terrorist organizations were included below the picture.
The ad had a small disclaimer at the bottom saying it was paid for the by the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), but could easily be confused for any other article on the Axios website.
“Today the Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee (SAPRAC) launched a media campaign for The Qatar Insider, a source that highlights Qatar’s continued support and harboring of known terrorists,” reads SAPRAC’s press release issued Wednesday.
“We want the American people to know more about what Qatar is doing in the Gulf region,” said Salman Al-Ansari, founder and president of SAPRAC, an American organization that focuses on strengthening relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States.”
In early June, Saudi Arabia and four of its allies imposed a blockade on Qatar, severing their ties with its small neighboring country, ratcheting up accusations the “Qatari monarchy supported Sunni Islamist terrorism and Iranian designs on the region.”
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