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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Al Jazeera'd up

Since Burlington Vt. is the closest I can get to watching Al Jazerra, I'm in no position to offer an educated opinion on the right's allegation the Arab-centric news channel is biased.

But if American cable companies have vast bandwidth why not let us see for ourselves and offer us another news channel among the numbing plethora of do-it-yourself, cartoon and food channels?

Allegations of bias alone can't possibly be the issue -- how many cable companies carry Fox News Channel? A small subset of that audience believes in the birther conspiracy and "Second Amendment solutions."

Applying the same "logic" used with Al Jazeera, why is Fox alone allowed to spew hatred and violence?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I look at MSNBC (Chris Matthews esp) the same way you look at Fox, but you're right. As a matter of fact I would like to see a 24/7 channel of news from around the world as it's being presented to the the country in question. We could see a translated version of Bulgarian state news, the 6 o'clock news from Bombay, as it is the closest I can get is BBC world news. I would gladly give up two cooking channels and one shopping channel.

March 26, 2011 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone with cable pays almost a buck a month to FoxNews which turns around and gives millions to the GOP in cash and in free airtime.

I don't really want to fund the Republican party through FoxNews. The solution is al carte channel selection.

CNN international is more real news than our CNN which is fluffed up with hollywood substance abuse stories.

I followed Al Jazeera coverage of the Egyptian peaceful revolution. I did not detect bias toward protesters, Mubarak or prejudice against the USA but even if there was, it's pretty clear corporate owned media does not want to compete.

You have to watch Fox for less than 1/2 hour to find inaccuracies (false claims) or conservative bias. Read this:

The Real Problem with Fox News

March 26, 2011 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To expand on Anon 2, you should be required to pay for your local stations, so the population will be informed in the event on an emergency. Then, choose whatever you want, with no "tiers" or "packages". If you don't like Al Jeezera, don't buy it. Some people never watch ESPN but are forced to buy a very expensive channel. I'd lose religious, home shopping and foreign language channels. And on and on....

March 26, 2011 4:03 PM  

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