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It's been eight months since Al Gore announced the acquisition of a cable network that reached 20 million households. At the time, observers jumped to the conclusion that Gore was planning on creating a politically leftward alternative to Fox News. But Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt said they planned to establish their venture as "not necessarily" a political and certainly not a partisan channel. The venture, calling itself INdTV (pronounced Indy TV), is set to launch next month and inquiring minds are still wondering what Gore might have up his cable TV sleeves. Inquiring minds got a glimpse of what's in the works this week...

INdTV sent out an e-mail to designated "digital correspondents" calling for edgy video contributions to be woven into a sample line-up of programs. The e-mail said INdTV hoped to "democratize television" by relying upon "real-life video" contributed by Gen Y correspondents.

That's F*&#ed Up -- Purporting to focus on any "unfathomable" and truly messed-up issue that a contributor feels worthy of a rant. "It just better be good TV," is the sole requirement.

INdTV Paparazzi -- Track down a celebrity and ask them to expound upon something important, or ask a serious person about something insubstantial.

Citizen Reporter -- Take a news story and break most of the rules by telling it the way it ought to be told.

All-Nighter -- What's happening, no matter how obscure, in your town after hours. Just make sure it's interesting.

State of the Union -- Deliver your own quirky "irreverent" SOTU the way it ought to be given.

Ladies and gentlemen this is your chance to get yourselves and your views on TV, get your digi camera, some editing software and do your news story. They want content, can the blogs provide some?

Right now the right wingers are very good at feeding the media their bullshit, can this channel be an opportunity for left wingers to do some feeding?

Originally posted to jbou on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 07:14 PM PST.

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  •  reccommend, tip jar, bla bla bla (none)

    absolute freedom for one individual undoubtedly limit's the freedom of another.

    by jbou on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 07:02:21 PM PST

  •  Sounds like (none)
    CityTV in Toronto, which may have contributed talent to the NewsWorld crew.  Is production still based in Toronto?
    •  i tried to frame the discussion in a different way (none)
      the earlier discussion, from what i read, went nowhere fast.  

      absolute freedom for one individual undoubtedly limit's the freedom of another.

      by jbou on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 07:35:07 PM PST

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  •  INdTV? Wrong channel, wrong time (none)
    Look, I'm glad someone's willing to take a chance on a new television format.  That's all great.

    But more likely than not, it will fail.  Why?  Because, most new ideas do fail.  And, as described, it sounds like a glorified public access channel.

    What we need is a Major Media Competitor.  We need someone to say, "As CNN, MSNBC, FOX, and increasingly the broadcast networks, all fight to be the official propoganda outlets of the GOP, there is a huge consumer demand for OBJECTIVE NEWS (Think Jon Stewart, but less funny)".

    If Gore wants to invest in novel programming, great.  But let's not mistake this for a liberal alternative.

    •  they are soliciating shows, and ideas (none)
      Why not feed them some liberal programming?  

      We can't just sit back and hope that someone produces a network we'd like to see.  Gore and his group are looking for fresh new faces and programs why not deliever him a few liberal leaning shows that are well produced and smart?

      Do you not see the potential in this?

      absolute freedom for one individual undoubtedly limit's the freedom of another.

      by jbou on Tue Jan 04, 2005 at 07:44:13 PM PST

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      •  No, I don't (none)
        I see something that is half a step above cable access TV.

        In fact, the more that I think about it, the worse the message is. "Liberals don't belong in the Mainstream.  They are a fringe element of society."

        The one possible good thing that could come out of this would be that Gore may succeed in finally killing the "liberal media" myth. After all, if liberals are so pathetic that INdTV is what represents them, how much control over the media can they have?

      •  You are right. Al Gore is not a liberal. (none)
        And you are wrong. Al Gore does not play a liberal. Not in therapy and not in anything else.
        Thank God.

        Name one "liberal" position that he has taken since 2000.
        Opposing the war? Pat Buchanan opposed it, too. So did Dick Clarke, Joe Wilson, General Odom and all of sudden Newt Gringrich criticizes Bush for his handling of Iraq.
        Gore was not liberal by coming out against the invasion before most people realized what it really meant. He was prescient and smart. Not liberal.

        Opposing the Patriot Act?
        Feingold who is one of the biggest maverick in the Senate was the only one who voted against it. Was he a liberal? Limiting the government's power is liberal? It's libertarian at best and in a good old fashioned way even conservative.

        Bashing Bush for the decifit?
        Gimme  break.

        Bashing Bush for Abu Ghraib?
        Again, too many people with too many different colors did just the same. Probably because there is nothing liberal in opposing torture. It's a non-ideological issue, moral if you will.

        Opposing Bush's tax cuts?
        That's exactly what he did in 2000, as well. So did John McCain. Is he a liberal?

        And if not these then what exactly makes you believe that Gore plays a liberal? Be specific.

    •  Fox is official propaganda for the GOP (none)
      Why aren't they considered out of the mainstream.  This is a silly argument.

      Stop the war! Draft Bush voters!

      by NoAlternative on Wed Jan 05, 2005 at 01:05:30 AM PST

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