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Old 02-22-2011, 06:31 PM
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Thumbs up Who here watches Al Jazeera?

You yanks don't get to yet!

They have great coverage of all the revolutions going on right now.


Here's some good news though:


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Al Jazeera in Talks With Comcast Over U.S. Distribution
By Sam Gustin February 22, 2011 | 5:52 pm | Categories: Media, WiredBiz


Al Jazeera is in discussions with Comcast about bringing the network’s English-language channel to millions of U.S. homes via the nation’s largest cable operator. It would be a major breakthrough, capitalizing on the network’s growing reputation here as a honest and steadfast provider of news from an increasingly tumultuous Middle East.

“We’re very grateful for all the support and appreciation we’ve been receiving,” Al Jazeera English managing director Al Anstley said in a statement. “Clearly the demand is there for Al Jazeera and people want to see us on their screens.”

Anstey arrived in New York City on Tuesday to lead the talks, the network said. The Comcast meeting was the first gambit in a new push by Al Jazeera to get on U.S. cable systems, which have been reluctant to carry the Qatar-based news network.

It’s quite a turn of events for Al Jazeera, which until its widely-praised coverage of the unrest in Egypt was something of a pariah in the United States. During the Iraq War, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld branded the network’s reporting of civilian casualties as “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable.”

Now, the White House is watching Al Jazeera alongside CNN.

As recently as a few weeks ago, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly labeled Al Jazeera as “anti-American.” Later on the same program Fox News commentator Monica Crowley called the network a “propaganda outfit for the autocrats who sit on the sands of the Middle East.”

This might come as a surprise to Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who accused the channel of “fomenting unrest,” and embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who in a rambling and defiant speech Tuesday said Al Jazeera was trying to portray Libyans as “bad people … a people of turbans and low beards,” according to one translation.

Al Jazeera, which has more journalists in the Middle East than any U.S. news agency, was repeatedly cited by MSNBC and CNN even before the network offered its content to other outlets through a Creative Commons license.

And its treatment by security forces in Egypt and Libya added credence to Al Jazeera’s insistence that it is independent. In Egypt, Mubarak’s goons ransacked and closed the network’s Cairo bureau, before assaulting and detaining several of its journalists. In Libya, state intelligence services jammed the Al Jazeera’s TV signals on the Arabsat satellite frequency, the network said.

Al Jazeera, which is Arabic for “the island,” is currently not available on any of the major U.S. cable systems, but Al Jazeera English is streamed live, for free, on the web.

The station can also be seen in local markets in Vermont, Ohio and Washington, D.C., on the following systems, according to the network: GlobeCast World TV (DTH Satellite), Buckeye Cable (Toledo, OH), Burlington Cable (Burlington, VT), Link TV (Direct TV Chl 375/Dish Network Chl 9410), Washington Cable (Washington, DC), and MHz Networks (Washington, DC, via agreement with Comcast).

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/...zeera-comcast/
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:33 PM
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I have comcast and if they put this terrorist **** on, I'm done.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:41 PM
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I have comcast and if they put this terrorist **** on, I'm done.
LOL! You know they are pretty good especially when it comes to portraying women and I wouldn't say they set out to demonise the west unlike the Iranian channel Press TV.

Its not terrorist ****.

I saw a half hour documentary this week on Afghanistan basically illustrating that the country was recovering pretty well and that the occupying forces have helped in the rebuilding. It showed four people working. Two guys and two gals. The guys were a sweet maker and a bone-setter and the gals were a military general who was banned from working under the Taliban, had her inspecting her troops (was well cool) and a woman in the Afghan Tae Kwon Do Olympic team.

Theres another documentary on this week which follows US combat troops and medivac teams.

Really intense, shows the US side of the story quite well, better than the BBC. Reminded me of Generation kill with less drama and more chat from the troops.
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LOL! You know they are pretty good especially when it comes to portraying women and I wouldn't say they set out to demonise the west unlike the Iranian channel Press TV.

Its not terrorist ****.

I saw a half hour documentary this week on Afghanistan basically illustrating that the country was recovering pretty well and that the occupying forces have helped in the rebuilding. It showed four people working. Two guys and two gals. The guys were a sweet maker and a bone-setter and the gals were a military general who was banned from working under the Taliban, had her inspecting her troops (was well cool) and a woman in the Afghan Tae Kwon Do Olympic team.

Theres another documentary on this week which follows US combat troops and medivac teams.

Really intense, shows the US side of the story quite well, better than the BBC. Reminded me of Generation kill with less drama and more chat from the troops.
Imma have to check it out.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:44 PM
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