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  •  Agreed, I love (9+ / 0-)

    Al Jazeera. We've had it for a long time here in the UK.

    Ron Reagan: "Sarah Palin's constituency are people who wear red rubber noses and bells on their shoes."

    by AnnetteK on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:59:48 PM PST

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    •  I used to (2+ / 0-)
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      BlueDragon, AnnetteK

      I read the Arabic web site for years, and it was quite accurate.

      Now....

      How do you explain these developments at Al Jazeera?

      You notice with these cases that it involves governments who have fallen out of favor with Qatar's rulers. Libya, Syria and Yemen, for example. Other countries like Jordan and Bahrain are experiencing similar phenomena - rebellion and protest against their ruling classes. But there's far less reporting on them. You'll notice how that corresponds to the state of Qatar's foreign policy. This is a very serious issue, because we at Al Jazeera were always proud to say: We're financed by Qatar, but the state never interferes with our reporting. Now we suddenly find ourselves in a situation in which our reporting is precisely aligned with Qatari foreign policy.

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      •  May be talking about Middle East politics (2+ / 0-)
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        BlueDragon, AnnetteK

        Al Jazeera English is pretty reasonably balanced.

        But read further. They were being forced out of cable, and the merger with Current maintains their place.

        And btw, what other station has free control of what it says? Even MSNBC has to "stifle" to maintain White House and other access.

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