Al Jazeera America? Really? Why would anyone think that this controversial broadcasting company has anything legitimate to offer American audiences? Praised by its supporters as editorially independent, Al Jazeera is believed by its detractors to be funded and manipulated by the government of Qatar, and to be an instigator of international unrest.
And when one talks about "speaking truth to power", my first thought is whose truth? As we have seen with our own MSM, "truth" is very often in the control of the broadcaster. Beliefs and ideologies are presented as Facts; and those Facts can be misconstrued and exploited to further an agenda. As a case in point, the Columbia Journalism Review has asserted that Al Jazeera has considerable clout as an opinion-maker: The channel's tremendous popularity has also, for better or worse, made it a shaper of public opinion. Its coverage often determines what becomes a story and what does not, as well as how Arab viewers think about issues. Whether in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, or Syria, the stories highlighted and the criticisms aired by guests on Al Jazeera's news programs have often significantly affected the course of events in the region.
Because of this market dominance, the network was widely seen as having a tremendous influence on the Arab Spring. But the Middle East is not the only region in which Al Jazeera seeks influence. It has greatly increased its visibility through its internet-based broadcasting division and is also seeking to launch news channels in Turkey, Spain, Latin America, China and Russia --- all in the native languages of these countries.
The Lefties in this country hail the arrival of Al Jazeera in America. In their view, the network is responsible for reporting widely dissenting news that put the lie to the sycophantic broadcasts of the state-owned radio and television monopolies in the Middle East. According to one writer for The Daily Beast, he thought " that the first Arab network to spread democratic principles and free speech would be accepted with open arms in the U.S."
What The Daily Beast and Al Gore have missed (or perhaps they actually embrace) is the hatred for America and traditional American values that Al Jazeera seems to overwhelmingly promote through its broadcasting content. Do they not take notice that America is consistently seen as the Imperialist Enemy and our ally, Israel, as worthy of extermination? I shudder to think of the influence this network might have upon the millions of "useful idiots" that think Jon Stewart is the paragon of news sources!
It further disturbs me that Time Warner Cable is leaving the door open to the possibility of carrying Al Jazeera America. Is anyone willing to challenge this playbook from the Devil? Obviously, Al Gore is willing to sell America's airwaves to a network that consistently presents a favorable view of jihad terrorists who are sworn enemies of the United States. And he has the nerve to call them "ideologically in line" with his own views. I will repeat my initial reaction to this whole incident .... How does Al Gore sleep at night?
Then again, I guess a reported $100 million payout and a seat on the Board of Directors is enough to assuage any guilt that Mr. Gore might feel. One day he will have to answer for this immoral and dishonorable decision.
Psalm 10:7 "His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness."
I have worked with a few individuals who have the same mindset as Mr. Gore. I truly believe he thinks a conscience is something other people are burdened with. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Your essays are a daily inspiration for me. Thank you.ReplyDelete
And he has been absolutely corrupted! There's no question that the man does not have a conscience!Delete
I heard about this first on Israel Now News & couldn't believe it. Apparently TWC is not going along with carrying this network.ReplyDelete
Apparently there is a lot about 'Al' which makes me for the first time glad he lost in the 2000 presidential election...something I would have never thought I would feel. However, I still think that 'George" was worse. And I hate the fact that most GOP folks tend to label all Democrats as being in the same liberal basket, because it's just not true. Matter-of-fact it shows ignorance. If I had a choice between being closer to the fascist mindset & liberal thinkers, I'd sure think it preferable to go as far from the fascists as possible. Besides all that I think liberalism has been redefined by the propaganda of the Republicans to deceive and prejudice and threaten ones of their own party to conform.
I can see that you define people by labels such as Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative. I would like to suggest that many Americans (myself included) think that there is little difference in either political party. Frankly, I find that Bush and Gore have much in common. Therefore I do not subscribe to either the Republican party platform, or the Progressive Left's. My worldview is Biblical-based not political. But, as a Christian, I see all aspects of our culture (political, social and moral) from the foundation of my faith and it is from this perspective that I find Mr. Gore's actions repugnant.Delete