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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:10 PM

Baltimore Sun: Why Al Jazeera buying Current TV is a good thing for media, country.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/tv/z-on-tv-blog/bal-al-jazeera-current-gore-good-thing-20130103,0,6761063.story

A few quotes from the article.

The lack of access to Al Jazeera English on cable TV makes me wonder what kind of sheep we are as media consumers -- and what kind of mice we have as media critics that cable companies can get away with not offering this option even as they they offer a sea of channels devoted to shopping and reruns of lame network shows from previous decades.

Philip Seib, author of "The Al Jazeera Effect: How the New Global Media Are Reshaping World Politics," had a one-word answer when I asked him why the channel is not available in cities like Baltimore: "Politics."

..."El-Nawawy, an associate professor at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, explains the lack of access in part by saying, "The cable carriers are afraid to carry it, because they don't want to alienate their constituents, they don't want to alienate their viewers, they don't want to go out of the box, they want to stay in their comfort zone. They play it safe."

"Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it's real news," Hillary Clinton told a Senate Foreign Affairs panel in 2011. "You may not agree with it, but you feel like you're getting real news around the clock instead of millions of commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.


I have read the Brighthouse and Time Warner are not going to carry the channel.

It appears that "Comcast, Dish, DirecTV, Verizon and AT&T have agreed to the switch from Current to Al Jazeera America."

Good for them.

Here is a page from their online site. It is called Inside Story Americas

A few of the articles:

Does spying on Americans protect the US?

What is behind the fiscal cliff standoff.

Have US police forces become too militarised?

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:34 PM

1. I feel that in a democracy such as ours it is very important to have access to many ...

different viewpoints.

I feel that our news media has often failed to fulfill its obligations under the 1st Amendment and has allowed its own biases and political views to distort the information it delivers to our citizens.

Of course Al Jazeera might have its own biases and agenda but it will be interesting to listen to a different voice for a change.

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Response to spin (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:11 PM

5. I agree. So much of our media use party line talking points.

Not a good idea.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 06:47 PM

2. Isn't the Baltimore Sun one of few papers left that's not owned by the top 6?

Good for them!

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Response to snot (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 07:01 PM

3. Found this..may be part of Baltimore Sun Media Group

http://www.baltimoresun.com/about/bal-about-sun-execpro,0,4434764.htmlstory

I have often found interesting stuff there.

I think people are afraid to say they think it is a good idea. Proud of Hillary for doing so.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 07:49 PM

4. A lot of people in nearby DC read The Sun

because it's the only alternative to WaPo that isn't the Moonie Times.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:22 AM

12. I was glad to read Hillary Clinton's statement from last year about it.

Had not heard it before.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:31 PM

6. We get it on free-to-air broadcast digital TV in the UK

as we do CNN and RT. I don't know what its viewing figures are, but I haven't noticed the country crumble as a result of being able to watch it yet ...

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:24 PM

7. I watch al jazeera whenever I can--I love the fact that there is programming from so many places.

unlike so many sheeples, I prefere knowing not only what is going on in the world, but how other people in other countries are viewing those events.

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Response to niyad (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:36 PM

8. Me, too.

I have had to see it online, so I am relieved Dish Network is carrying it. Waiting to find out the channel and when.



Disappointed in Brighthouse, though.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:50 PM

9. Is this the same thing as what crazy ass Glenn Beck

was trying to buy and got rejected?

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Response to Rex (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:53 PM

10. It is indeed.

That would have been nuts.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 03:45 AM

11. Yes, don't ever think they are not up

to a little social engineering. Glad to see Beck lost and is still without a home. Hopefully Hannity and Billy O will join him in having no place to go.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:54 AM

13. At CC I was called a retarded moron, libtard, and dipshit...for posting this.

No link of course.

Just love name-calling.

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