Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dish Network may pick up Al Jazeera.

Can't be any worse than Fox, CNN and MSNBC, with the exception of Countdown with Keith Olbermann

While it doesn't look like it will be appearing along side the Big Three, Dish Network is the only U.S. outlet to even consider carrying it.

Dish Network
is the only cable or satellite operator in the U.S. publicly
willing to consider carrying controversial Arab news channel Al Jazeera's
planned English-language spinoff.

Even on Dish, Al Jazeera's attempt to provide an alternative to Western
news outlets like BBC World and CNN International isn't likely to appear on any
of the satellite-TV operator's popular programming tiers.

But there are some who don't think American's should be able to see an alternative news program with an Arab point of view.

Clifford May, president of the advocacy group Foundation for the Defense of
Democracies, is skeptical of Al Jazeera's assertions that its English-based
network will feature objective reporting.

"Al Jazeera's main purpose is not to deliver the news," May said. Much of
the programming on the Arab-language channel reflects "a militant Islamist
ideology," he said, and "I would certainly urge anyone considering carriage to
keep a careful eye on its content."

For Clifford May and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, "objective reporting" means, like Fox News.

With a few possible exceptions, the
members of FDD
are predominately conservative and neo-conservative and the
articles written by FDD's members and the literature on their site promote a
neo-conservative slant.

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