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The author observes that Al Jazeera is virtually blacklisted in the U.S. "Now, in the most American of solutions, the pan-Arab news leader has gone ahead and simply bought its seat at the media table, with the purchase of Current TV..."

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Jason S (50)
Friday January 4, 2013, 6:25 pm
Good posting, thanks

Judy C (97)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:11 am
I think Al Jazeera has very high standards of reporting, and they avoid bias. They keep opinions in the opinion or editorial pages.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:37 am
Time Warner is a right wing, conservative owned company. They are not interested in accurate news.

Time Warner prefers to support Faux Noise for its Rupert Murdoch's republican propaganda machine.

CNN and MSNBC are also highly opinionated and politicized.

There are other, better news sources such as BBC, NPR. Maybe Al Jazeera would be a relief from
misinformation as often is portrayed and displayed in Faux Noise.

There are other countries with their news sources that would an improvement over US news channels,
certainly over CNN, MSNBC and certainly over the heavily politicized Fox News.

Ty, Judy.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 8:16 am
Actually I always found the reporting to be very good. But I thought they always had a presence here, albet as about as large as RT. But then again, I like France 24, DW and Euronews.

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:38 am
I watch Al Jazeera on FSTV and LINK TV. I have not found them to be biased or propaganistic. They are what our news channels used to be before they were politicized and propaganda tools for Fascist Corporations.

. (0)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 11:31 am
Google Al-Jazerra Terrie for a few surprises about their "reporting".

Winn A (179)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:31 pm

Mike S (86)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:36 pm
Noted and thank you Judy.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:05 pm
As a fairly regular viewer of Current TV, I'm really sorry to see it go. But, I am happy that Al-Jazeera's taking over, and plan to be a regular viewer there. Thanks for the article, Judy.

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:56 pm
Jim Phillips, I've watched MSNBC for years.They don't spread conspiracies nor unfounded stories, and none of the hosts are bat wing insane, so...!

Robert K (31)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:45 pm
Of course this means no more Bill Press and Stephanie Miller among others, a huge loss for us, unless thay can make some sott of deal. Current's political shows are among the best.

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:00 pm
I am also a regular viewer of Current TV and like many of the programs on it. I am able to get Al-Jazeera on the computer so to me this is one less source I now have as I loose Current TV. I'm wondering if Current TV was too good, so they are being bought out, or forced out.

M B (62)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:55 am
I like AJEnglish, it widens my horizon.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:58 am
I have not watched Current since Olbermann left. But I have enjoyed Al Jazeera for years via LinkTV on DirecTV, and If they have an agenda other than presenting news I sure have not seen it. The Al Jazeera 'problem' is that unlike main stream US media it is not slanted pro-American from the start. And they have have no problem running two stories on the same event with different points of view.
Having Al Jazeera available may just force the US media market to stop filtering international stories.

LucyKaleido S (82)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:41 am
What's the matter with the US? Al Jazeera isn't a terrorist organization, it's a news outlet -- just like CNN!

I've posted interesting stories from their site (about Haiti, for example) & watch their news, as well as other programs, like 'Witness', which are all very professional & well done.

I wonder how many Americans know that an Al Jazeera cameraman was imprisoned at Guantanamo for SIX YEARS simply because US forces wanted to know more the network. The Huffington Post reported 04/25/11 : Sami al-Hajj, Al Jazeera Journalist, Held At Guantanamo So He Could Be Questioned About Network (article + VIDEO) :

An Al Jazeera journalist was held at Guantanamo Bay for six years partially so he could be interrogated about the network, according to one of the files on the prison released by WikiLeaks and newspapers around the world.

Sami al-Hajj, a Sudanese national, became one of the more high-profile detainees held at Guantanamo during his many years of captivity. A cameraman for the network, he was captured in Pakistan in late 2001. However, while the classified file released late Sunday says that U.S. authorities thought al-Hajj had Al Qaeda ties, his lawyer has long asserted that al-Hajj's interrogations were almost exclusively focused on al-Jazeera.

The file says that he is being held in part because the interrogators want to find out more about "the al-Jazeera news network's training programme, telecommunications equipment, and newsgathering operations in Chechnya, Kosovo and Afghanistan, including the network's acquisition of a video of UBL [Osama bin Laden] and a subsequent interview with UBL."

al-Hajj was released in 2008, having never been tried or convicted of any terrorist ties, and returned to Al Jazeera. On Monday, he appeared on Al Jazeera English to discuss his reaction to the latest revelations about his detention. He said that he had been told he was wrongly detained, but was kept in Guantanamo because of what he had seen while there. Afterwards, he said, his interrogations were almost entirely about Al Jazeera, as interrogators tried to find a connection between the network and Al Qaeda.

BG Callahan (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 11:44 am
Maybe now sane moderate Islam will finally become more visible to the US. There IS such, outside of Wahabi!

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:08 pm
Al Jazeera is a good source of news on the Middle East. I used to watch it before I stopped watching news in general. News is just entertainment.

reft h (66)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:13 pm
Interesting world we live in

Patricia N (9)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 11:43 pm
I hope they will have good investigative reporting like we used to have on TV many years ago. This is good news for the U.S.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:09 pm
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