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Thursday, November 30, 2006

FADE TO BLACK


It's called al-Jazeera English.

AJE Muslim television station, based in the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, now is being offered to English-speaking Westerners.

There's only one problem for the station that wants to bump heads with CNN and BBC. Virtually no cable or satellite stations in the U.S. or Canada will carry its
broadcasts.

Well hey, AJE, don't ya think it might be because your sister station, al-Jazeera, has a long and dark history of broadcasting anti-American hate speech and American military deaths?

While AJE says it aims to broaden newscasts by reporting on global issues and wants to distance itself from al-Jazeera, the two stations seem to be virtually one in the same. They both are funded by the emir of Qatar, which, to me, means they have the same editorial philosophy.

Are we looking at a wolf in sheeps' clothing? Are American cable and satellite companies right to be reluctant to carry the station that some say is trying to spread anti-American propaganda?

Or are we just afraid to face frank reporting on American military power?

Maybe it's time for this channel to fade to black.

P.S. Today's picture is from an Internet circulated e-mail.

11 Comments:

Anonymous AMT said...

I do not want to hear any propaganda from the other side from that broadcast station. I think we know how to read and hear and think about the war because our own American media is doing its job.

Thu Nov 30, 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous mikey said...

I believe they should air the broadcasts. It just may give us some understanding of the perception(right or wrong) of this country shared by many in other nations. I still believe in free speech.

Thu Nov 30, 02:29:00 PM  
Anonymous wolfshadow~ said...

Where was that dog's nose before this picture was taken? Searching out news reports? Could something 'smell fishy' in the news? I believe in conspiracy theories and the great Golden Rule. "He who has the gold...makes the rules". Guess that makes me a cynic.

Thu Nov 30, 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

The cable networks are wise to pass them by.
AJE broadcasting here would only serve to create more dissent among the American people. Funded by an emir,I suspect they have ulterior motives here.While not in favor of the war,I still support the troops. Besides,we have FOXNEWS for all the propaganda we can stomach.
Let's bring the troops home soon into 2007!

Thu Nov 30, 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Norm said...

When the broadcast media companies make a decision, it is based, 99 times out of a hundred, on economics. They will or will not put something on TV depending on whether or not they expect it to be profitable.

Ayn Rand said, "Money is the root of all good." Maybe she was right.

Thu Nov 30, 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Maybe Osama will appear with their version of Larry King...it could be called: Larry Emir Live..

Thu Nov 30, 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous barry said...

I'm sure their only reason is fear of backlash from the advertisers and losing cash.
I believe we should be able to hear all sides and determine the validity of what is broadcast.
Don't we broadcast our own propaganda ?

Fri Dec 01, 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous paul said...

We have survived Axis Sally, Lord HawHaw and Tokyo Rose.If these new clowns are to make an impact they would be well advised to broadcast in Spanish as well as English

Fri Dec 01, 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous jamit 33 said...

All Al-Jazeera has to do is put up their own satellite or have France put one up for them. It just takes money and we know they have plenty of that. What is their problem?? As long as CNN re-brodcasts the beheadings along with the masked folks holding their AK47's. To ask for better coverage----Just greedy.

Fri Dec 01, 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous It reminds me.. said...

Is this my sphincter, or another's? Damn where is mine?

Sat Dec 02, 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous josette said...

I think that they should air this news. It may add some hope for an end of the war to see Iraqi children being blown up or afganastani families being torn apart. Those poor people are suffering over there not to mention our troops. As for the anti-american rhetoric, why hide it. For some americans sept. 11th formed the word "terrorism" in their heads. It also perhaps showed them that there is a country called "Afganastan" and that there are actually people who think we are a spoiled nation. I am in no way a terrorism sympathsizer but perhaps we can monitor the anti-american rhetoric and learn when the next attack will be. Which I am sure is already happening. Our nations news reports after sept 11th were so scattered. I went to brazil shortly after the attacks and learned more about what happened there than the watered down version our government allowed to be aired. Especially living in manhattan near the manhattan and brooklyn bridge. Every night there were bomb scares on the bridge that never made it on the news. I know they didn't want to alarm us but it was so disturbing to see military tanks and sirens blocking entrance to the bridge and than u turn on the news and nothing not a single mention of it.

Mon Dec 04, 09:07:00 AM  

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