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Will EchoStar Carry Al-Jazeera HD?

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  1. Nov 8, 2006 #181 of 204
    Darkman

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    CNN, FNC, MSNBC and Al-Jazeera?

    An editorial / By Dale McFeatters
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    07-NOV-06

    In its 10 years of operation, Al-Jazeera, the Arab language news channel, has offended almost every country it has covered, including ours, and been frequently banned, so it must be doing something right...

    Al-Jazeera's version of events in Iraq has been strikingly at variance with the Bush administration's, and the White House alternately courted it and denounced it and, according to one report, considered bombing it.

    The Bush administration has spent hundreds of millions through the Pentagon and State Department promoting a positive view of the war in Iraq, and it has not spoken kindly with U.S. news media that said otherwise.

    Al-Jazeera frequently _ the White House would say exclusively _ said otherwise. A story Tuesday on the channel's English language Web site about a U.N. monitoring agency began, "A new audit examining 15 contracts signed in Iraq has found new evidence of massive corruption and mismanagement by the U.S. government." (The report wasn't wholly critical of the U.S. It said that the corruption has become much worse since the Iraqis took over the contracts.)

    And now, beginning Nov. 15, Al-Jazeera will begin an English language channel, hoping to compete with such international giants as CNN and BBC World, and is actively courting cable and satellite providers in the United States. Thanks to the deep pockets of its sponsors in Qatar, the channel has hired over 500 staffers for the new venture.

    Al-Jazeera may indeed at times be hostile to the U.S. government, but it is the single most influential source of news in the Arab and much of the Muslim world. Relays of Republican congressmen returning from guided tours of Baghdad returned home with the ugly canard that Americans were getting a distorted picture of Iraq because U.S. reporters were afraid to leave their hotel rooms.

    It is not a charge that can be leveled against Al-Jazeera, which, if anything, has been accused at times of being too close to the insurgency and broadcasting unnecessarily graphic footage of the violence in Iraq.

    In the whole Iraqi venture, U.S. government policymakers have been guilty of hearing only what they want to hear and dismissing any information that conflicted with their agenda in the Mideast. Al-Jazeera may not be fair and balanced but, now that it's available in English, it shouldn't be ignored.

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    Source: http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=EDALJAZEERA-11-07-06
     
  2. Nov 8, 2006 #182 of 204
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    A New Al-Jazeera and 9/11

    The MEMRI Report

    By STEVEN STALINSKY
    November 8, 2006

    "… Men like bin Laden will not allow the Islamic world to bow down under the infidel enemies' tyranny, under the tyranny of America. … Osama bin Laden is a jihad warrior who implemented the principles of Islam. … Allah guarded his soul until he reached a point where he became a hero."

    — Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs preacher Abdallah bin Matruk Al-Haddal, Al-Jazeera, January 2002

    Just in time for its 10th anniversary, Al-Jazeera is reportedly set to launch its English-language network November 15. On that day at exactly 3 p.m., Prime Minister Blair is scheduled to take a live tour of Al-Jazeera International's London bureau and sit down for an interview with Sir David Frost.

    The 100-person Al-Jazeera International bureau includes an impressive staff of former CNN, CNBC, BBC, AP TV, and ABC employees. "The launching of the English channel offers the chance to reach out to a new audience that is used to hearing the name of Al-Jazeera without being able to watch it or to understand its language," the director-general of Al-Jazeera, Wadah Khanfa, said recently.

    Al-Jazeera International's head of news, Steve Clark, told a New Zealand newspaper on May 3 that " Al-Jazeera International will share resources and facilities with its Arabic sister channel, and the two broadcasters will work together on relevant stories."

    When Mr. Clark was asked how a Palestinian Arab suicide bombing in a crowded Israeli marketplace would be reported, he answered, "We don't condone acts of terror, but we'd be very careful about labeling particular groups as terrorists."

    Over the next few weeks, this column will focus on the controversy surrounding the AJI launch. To understand the true intentions of the network, it is important to examine what Al-Jazeera was broadcasting leading up to and shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001.


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    ( The entire article is at the following source - on Pages 1 and 2: http://www.nysun.com/article/43168 )
     
  3. Nov 8, 2006 #183 of 204
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    :kickbutt: Dear Charlie,

    Why are you pissing off your subscribers yet again? Kiss 90 percent of your family package customers, what little number they are, goodbye and who knows how many core subscribers. Why you might ask? Because the only thing more offensive than your new hardcore porn channels is a terrorist tv channel which shows beheadings of American soldiers and should be put out of business with a 500, no make that a 2,000 pound bomb.
     
  4. Nov 8, 2006 #184 of 204
    Darkman

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    Family Package subs, though, (or anyone else for that matter) .. if they do not wish to - they do NOT need to subscribe to / watch new hardcore porn channels NOR .. the Al Jazeera...both.. the possibly upcoming New English Al Jazeera channel NOR the already existing for years, the Arabic Al Jazeera channel ;)

    Noone is holding the gun (so to speak) to their heads to wach the above mentioned channels / content
     
  5. Nov 9, 2006 #185 of 204
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    By Cliff Kincaid
    Nov 8, 2006

    Demoralized by negative coverage of the war in Iraq, voters have now brought to power a Democratic Party that will pressure the Bush Administration to leave Iraq before victory is achieved.....

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    The so-called "drive-by media" demonstrated their power in the election results.....

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    ...Suggesting the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as even some conservatives are doing, misses the point. Rumsfeld has been carrying out the orders of the President. It's the President whose administration has failed to articulate the case for the war. Bush's State Department has degenerated to the point of standing by a U.S. official who went on Al-Jazeera and called U.S. Iraq policy stupid and arrogant. Now, with the pending launch of its English-language spin-off, Al-Jazeera International, the media opposition to the Iraq war and the poisoning of the public discourse on Iraq can only grow here and abroad. Whatever progress is being made on the military battlefield, the war is clearly being lost in the media. And this area, as al Qaeda knows and has said, is the key to the outcome....

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    ( The entire article is at the following source: http://www.postchronicle.com/commentary/article_21248640.shtml )
     
  6. Nov 9, 2006 #186 of 204
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    Al Jazeera English announces new programming strand: "Inside Iraq"

    Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, headquartered in Doha, announced today "Inside Iraq", a weekly programme hosted by Iraqi born Jasim Azawi that will look into one of the most important - and divisive - political issues of our time.

    "Inside Iraq" will tackle the difficult questions - Is Iraq a fledgling democracy, a beacon of light for reformers in a Middle East largely controlled by kings and dictators, or a disastrous experiment in imperialism, and a breeding ground for extremism?


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    ( The entire article is at the following source: http://www.ameinfo.com/101272.html )
     
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    Maybe we should push to get rid of CNN... ;)
     
  9. ebaltz

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    Who would know, based on their ratings, nearly no one watches it any more. I forgot we even had it. Haven't watched it since gulf war #1.
     
  10. gomezma1

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    People have the right to pay and watch what they want to view in their homes. I will not be one paying or watching for this programming. "D" should be ready for the onslaught of $100 referrals.
     
  11. Darkman

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    Hey.. - My mother watches Larry King Live .. almost DAILY! :grin:

    And other stuff like that :)
     
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    They run clips of Al Jazeera translated into English on word link ch 9410 during Mosaic.
     
  13. Nick79

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    Instead of getting rid of CNN, get rid of FOX 'news', add Euronews, BBC World and bring back Newsworld.
     
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    When it first appeared, the new satellite channel broadcast from Qatar reflected its own name.

    Al-Jazeera - Arabic for "the island" - represented a haven of professional, independent, current affairs programming in a sea of one-sided, government-controlled Arab media. Until al-Jazeera's mostly BBC-trained journalists arrived on the scene, the average Arab citizen's news television diet was nothing more than protocol news, wire service video reflecting the latest in the Palestinian conflict, and dramatic photos of earthquakes or wild fires.

    Al-Jazeera not only provided live interviews and broadcasts from the field; it introduced live debate to the Arab world. Its programme "Al Itijah al Mu'akess" (The Opposite Direction) brought the sort of verbal jousts that most of the world takes for granted but Arabs had never seen televised. The guests that Faisal Qassem brought to the Doha studios (or via satellite) included people from the same Arab country or region but representing completely opposing points of view...

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    By Dan Sabbagh, Media Editor

    AL-JAZEERA, the broadcaster once denounced as propaganda by Donald Rumsfeld, will launch its long-awaited English-language channel on Wednesday in the hope of tipping the balance of the international news agenda.

    Based in Qatar and funded by the country’s Emir, al-Jazeera International has poached journalists such as Sir David Frost, Rageh Omar and the BBC newsreader Darren Jordon. Its goal is to become a respected and impartial provider of news, watched in well over 5 million homes, and to act as an alternative to the American and European media. It will employ 250 journalists of 47 nationalities.

    Nigel Parsons, the managing director, promised a slightly different news agenda. “When our rivals covered the verdict of the Saddam trial, they went back to London and Washington for the reaction of Middle East experts; our experts are Arabs in the Middle East.”....


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    ...Mr Parsons, a Briton, like many al-Jazeera International employees, has helped to put together a style guide which is intended to emphasise a studied neutrality. Like the BBC, the station intends to be sparing in its use of the word terrorism. The channel also promises to be circumspect about transmitting any tapes purporting to be from bin Laden and about use of the term “suicide bomber”. In Arabic, the word shaheed is used, which in English carries connotations of martyrdom.

    Although the Emir owns the al-Jazeera network, which will include sports channels and a documentary channel next year, there is no evidence of overt political interference. The Arabic and English operations will share bureaux, video and staff, creating an opportunity for cultural crossover between the two stations’ values.

    The channel idea has quickly won acceptance in Europe, where it will be available in more than 40 million homes, and it is thought that Tony Blair will be one of Sir David’s first guests on the al-Jazeera sofa.

    Despite attempts to cultivate the White House, Congress and US broadcasters, however, it is struggling to get mass distribution in the United States.


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    ( The entire article is at the following source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2451674,00.html )
     
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    If you want to boycott/cancel subscription to DN, fine. Go for it--that's your choice. BTW, even if they weren't going to add the station soon, they would add it sooner or later. In 50 years, nobody will care about 9/11 anymore. Your grandkids will probably be buying all kinds of material goods from these "enemy countries" in the future... Look at what we buy from Japan now. Unless your ahmish, you dump a significant portion of your income to Japan whether you intend/want to or not~just a few generations (if even that) later.
     
  17. James Long

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    50 years? Deal. We can wait that long to add Al Jazeera to the mainline packages. :)
     
  18. Darkman

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    In 50 years some of us, good chance, won't even be around.. :(
     
  19. SMosher

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    Being I'm 38 ... Lets not say that :icon_cry:
     
  20. Richard King

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    Ah, but this will all still be going on in 50 years, unless, of course, we decide that all women should wear burquas and accept everything else that goes along with that.
     
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