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Al Jazeera in Talks With Comcast, Time Warner
Fast Company ^ | 3/2/11 | NEAL UNGERLEIDER

Posted on 03/02/2011 12:50:04 PM PST by jimbo123

Al Jazeera English may be coming to American television screens. The Qatar-based network is currently in talks with cable giants Comcast and Time Warner, creating a groundswell of enthusiasm among American news junkies and a collective groan from right-leaning conservative activists.

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Beheadings, stonings, gang rapes and rage against the infidels, coming soon to your cable tv system.
1 posted on 03/02/2011 12:50:05 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I’m pretty sure we already have it in Central Florida on Comcast.


2 posted on 03/02/2011 12:51:52 PM PST by Elkiejg (Democrats/Liberals/progressives are EVIL!!)
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To: jimbo123
...creating a groundswell of enthusiasm among American news junkies...

Oh really? I'm somewhat of a news junkie. I am not enthusiastic.

3 posted on 03/02/2011 12:54:19 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: jimbo123

jimbo,
I’m as right wing as it comes BUT
check out Al Jazeera a few times for two reasons.
They do NOT present news the way abc nbc c bs do, and that CAN be a good thing.
Also it is good to see your enemy and what it is.
Guarantee you they are watching your news presentation.


4 posted on 03/02/2011 12:54:29 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: jimbo123

Why would the right leaning conservatives groan? We have been told by the left how “peaceful” Islam is. Now they won’t be able to hide the “peacefulness”.

This will be a huge wake up call for the middle of the road ambivalent center left democrat and squishy rino. If this is uncensored Al Jazeera, Americans will be appalled.


5 posted on 03/02/2011 12:54:46 PM PST by HappyWarrior2012
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To: jimbo123
I don't get it. Wouldn't MILLIONS of subscribers become angry and offended, and immediately drop the service in favor of a company with higher values and standards? (Assuming such companies exist)

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6 posted on 03/02/2011 12:57:23 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: jimbo123
The real question is weather or not they'll beat CNN and MSNBC's ratings.

I'm think’n, yeah, they will.

7 posted on 03/02/2011 1:02:20 PM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: jimbo123
All information is good information.

Availability of repugnant concept and thought may offend personal sensibility's, but such also permits the ability of those interested in specifics to inform ones self as to where others perception of them lie.

It is good to force read the perspective of ones opponent.

The only mechanism for this is availability of free flowing information.

8 posted on 03/02/2011 1:05:48 PM PST by mmercier (the brave new world)
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To: Seaplaner

If MTV didn’t get them to leave, Al Jazeera ain’t gunna’ do it.

We’re still waiting for ala carte cable. Been 25 years and still waiting.

Netflix is a good substitute.


9 posted on 03/02/2011 1:12:45 PM PST by super7man
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To: mmercier

Actually I can’t help but smile at your thought process here.

This is a nation that was exposed to quite a bit of information, and the majority of it’s voting citizens still concluded Barack Obama would make a great president.

So now you’re betting that they’ll see anti-Christian pro Islam coverage and conclude that the Western model is better than the Islamic model.

Can’t say you don’t express quite a bit of faith here. Can’t say as it’s reasoned either.


10 posted on 03/02/2011 1:16:31 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: jimbo123

I think their news as as good and in many cases better than the alphabet media we have now.


11 posted on 03/02/2011 1:16:48 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: jimbo123

I would never watch it, but here’s why I’m against it. It will be in a “package” with other channels. If you want your favorite channels, you have to buy a “package” which has the beheadings, stonings, yelling “death to America” channel.

So you will be subsidizing the “death to infidels” channel. Nice redistribution of the wealth, eh?

I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.


12 posted on 03/02/2011 1:20:47 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: jimbo123

Don’t have cable.


13 posted on 03/02/2011 1:23:23 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: jimbo123

Any cable news network that does not go wall to wall with Natalee Holloway for two years would be good.


14 posted on 03/02/2011 1:28:52 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: Elkiejg

I saw Al Jazeera on a local comcast educational access channel not too long ago.


15 posted on 03/02/2011 1:31:31 PM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: trumandogz
Any cable news network that does not go wall to wall with Natalee Holloway for two years would be good.

You must be talking about the Human Lost Network (HLN)

16 posted on 03/02/2011 1:33:38 PM PST by moovova (Don't let Obama spoil the word "hope" for you...)
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To: DoughtyOne
The only hope we have is the possibility of individual understanding through information.

I smile back at you, understanding how information can be manipulated on mass scale, with disasterous result.

Retarding population through deprivation of information is today no longer possible. People crapp a collective pantload when the truth later comes out on a frikin twitt... Ask the Queefer how that open cell phone thing is working out for him today.

If you can show me how to put the toothpaste back into the tube, then I will relent my position, which I admit up front, may be askew of a reality.

17 posted on 03/02/2011 1:36:10 PM PST by mmercier
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To: jimbo123

Compared to CNN and MSNBC, Al Jazeera would be a breath of fresh air. All the lies, bias and propaganda we’re used to but without the pretense and ostentatious b.s.


18 posted on 03/02/2011 1:56:05 PM PST by Spok
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To: Spok
Compared to CNN and MSNBC, Al Jazeera would be a breath of fresh air. All the lies, bias and propaganda we’re used to but without the pretense and ostentatious b.s.

Actually, from my experience watching some of their live feed from Lybia on the internet, you are correct.

19 posted on 03/02/2011 2:13:36 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: jimbo123

They should also talk to DirecTV, who is pretty much on their side anyway: My Parental Controls setup forces me to enter the unlock code for FNC, but not CNN or MSNBC. Gee, I wonder why?


20 posted on 03/02/2011 2:32:11 PM PST by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: mmercier

During past wars including the Cold War, the United States launched a massive propaganda campaign, better known as the Voice of America. We piped it into the Soviet Union, Eastern Block nations, Cuba, and other places.

Why did we do it? We did it because it was effective. Now we weren’t exactly piping untruth in, but we were certainly piping our own version of it in.

Why would we go to all that trouble if it wasn’t effective? Should we allow the network of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and Islamic extremists pipe it’s propaganda into the United States?

No!

If we had a free media in the United States, I still don’t think it would be a good idea. And make no mistake about it, we live in a propagandist anti-American dominated news, television and multi-media environment. That being the case, who provides the alternate voice to Al Jazera?

We’ve got our K-12 schools doing their damnedest to indoctrinate our kids. We have a university system that might as well be run by Hugh Hefner, N.A.M.B.L.A., Jihads R Us, and the worlds socialist machine.

Is this the environment that you see as providing the ideas that will compete effectively against the stuff Al Jazera will be pumping into our nation?

Wow, think of the full onslaught we have now, and then think of our kids seeing what those who hate us think too. It will be an almost exclusive cluster f of ideas negative to our way of life.

I don’t necessarily have a problem with Islam being understood by our kids, but I’ll be damned if I want some jihadist network making the case. I don’t want someone showing the heads of Westerners, and making the case that there actually is a valid reason for it.

Our Democrats have already got that presentation locked up. They don’t need any help.

I appreciate your point of view and what the basis for it is. I honestly do think it would be a mistake to add more negative propaganda to the onslaught we already have. And I honestly can’t see what truth is going to be revealed, that is going to embarrass America, as if we were lying to everyone.


21 posted on 03/02/2011 3:18:00 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: DoughtyOne
I appreciate your well reasoned response. You have valid points, and demonstrate them admirably. You make me think.

It is my belief that the only way to expose repugnant physical manifestation of philosophy is to expose all peoples to every idea. What peoples hold in their minds matters less than what happens in reality when they act out based on conception or misconception.

There is only the possibility of mayhem in the end when the repugnant are forced to go under ground. They hide, mestastitize and become vastly more dangerous.

22 posted on 03/04/2011 3:10:15 AM PST by mmercier (sunshine)
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To: mmercier

You and I agree that our populace should be exposed to the thought processes of the evil.

Where we differ is this.

You think our people should be able to see that evil unfiltered, thinking they will view it, judge it, and come up with a reasoned objection.

I think we should prepare the ground before sewing this seed. Let them view it, but only after having been prepped to do so.

What will happen now, is that professors will feed of this stuff, and it will buttress their negative views of the U. S.

If a student were to receive an overview by a reasoned loyal citizen, there would be a real possibility that they would come away from the presentation fully understanding the vile message for what it was.

In our current climate, it’s very likely our people would hear the jihadist’s views, and be confused as to their actual meaning. As bad as it is now, do you really want the anti-US crowd to grow? That’s most certainly what an unfiltered exposure to Al Jazera would lead to, IMO.


23 posted on 03/04/2011 11:35:53 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: mmercier

I’m discussing a number of issues here. If that was repetitive, I’m sorry. I appreciate the discussion.


24 posted on 03/04/2011 11:36:38 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: DoughtyOne
The question is who prepares the ground, and who decides where and when the seed should be planted...? Who decides what to plant...?

You...? Me...? Some random lunatic...?

It is my belief that the only way to derive favorable outcome is to allow things that are to become exposed naturally. These things exist regardless of man made control.

There are two ways to control information:

1. Conceal and control access to it.

2. Dump it all out there and hope no one will bother
to sort through it.

Number one assumes that the individual is an irrational potentially dangerous random particle that can not be trusted with information. This also assumes that those in control of such information are rational and can be trusted.

Number two assumes that the individual is able to come to a rational decision based on informed self interest. This mechanism was effectively employed to kill the klan and the nazis and the communists.

In any case, this is a rather interesting thing. There will be a 3. soon, and it will amaze. Godspeed

25 posted on 03/05/2011 3:34:27 AM PST by mmercier
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