Tonight, my hubby received the following email:
From: Campaign for Democratic Media – firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, May 28, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Subject: Canada needs Al Jazeera!
Take Action! Instructions:
Click here to take action on this issue
Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
What’s At Stake:
Al Jazeera English requires CRTC permission to be able to broadcast in Canada.
If it wins CRTC approval, AJE will open a Canadian news bureau, making it the only international broadcaster telling our stories to the world.
Al Jazeera English is acclaimed for its diversity and quality in journalism. Canadians have the right to receive and impart information regardless of frontiers (Article 19 of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights).
Campaign Expiration Date:
June 9, 2009
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Personally, I am torn… I am not particularly keen on the whole ‘Al Jazeera English’ getting any ‘official blessing’ from anyone.
At the same time, I reject the very notion that the CRTC has ANY jurisdiction over the ‘airwaves’: as such, lobbying them for – or against – anything would amount to a recognition of their jurisdiction, and thus something I find morally unacceptable.
Still, I thought this interesting enough to let everyone make their own minds up about!
May 30, 2009 at 17:46
Hmmm. I have to agree with you about the role played by the CRTC. I think we should be able to decide for ourselves what we will view and not view. We don’t need big brother deciding that for us.
As far as Al Jazeera is concerned, I find it very hard to believe any network that hires Tony Burman and Avi Lewis would be anything but extremely biased left-wing/fascist BS spewing hatred. Would be good to test my theory. Did you read my blog entry on Tony Burman dated May 25th?
What I’d really like to see is each television viewer be able to sign up for only those shows that they want to watch and be able to watch them when ever they want and a pay per title basis. If a show doesn’t get enough viewers to make a go of it – goodbye.
Interesting post you had on Tony Burman!
There is little question that Al Jazeera is nothing more than a propaganda arm of some nasty Islamists.
Not only has it hired some rabid anti-West journalists from the CBC, it has also done so with BBC guys…and, correct me if I’m wrong, but they even share offices, resources, news clips and editors with the BBC in at least one location…
And the BBC has been so thoroughly discredited, I don’t understand why they are still on the air. They have been caught editing stories AFTER publishing them to completely alter the meaning (as in, to say the opposite of what the original article said) and NOT NOTING that there has been an edit, they have been caught altering the background materials for their stories and had to admit it and apologize…the list goes on!
There is no question that Al Jazeera English will spew leftist garbage (and no, not everything ‘leftist’ is garbage – some bits are actually quite good…just that the ones we can expect highlighted here will be the ‘garbage ones’) along the lines of BBC and CBC…but with a definite Islamist and democraphobic slant.
I did not rant on it in my post because I thought this was a given… and was just surprised at the email campaign, urging people to tell CRTC to approve it.
June 9, 2009 at 08:14
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