Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: Enough about Al-Jazeera

"The information of the people at large can alone make them safe, as they are the sole depositary of our political and religious freedom." --Thomas Jefferson 1810

Monday, January 17, 2005

Enough about Al-Jazeera

A blog called IRAQ THE MODEL has now joined most American news organizations in denouncing Al-Jazeera, the so-called terrorist propaganda news agency of the middle east.

A couple of things, first about Iraq the Model. This is a decent way of finding out what is happening in Iraq but it is flawed. First of all, how many Iraqi's have enough money to have a computer and internet access and the ability to blog almost everyday.

Answer not many outside of Baghdad. Unfortunately that is true of most people who visit the country and come back with good news. Most of the politicians that go over to Iraq and come back with a rosey picture don't leave Baghdad. On top of that how many of these pundits on TV are asking people outside of Baghdad about the elections. Everybody keeps talking about how much Iraqi's want to vote, but I wonder how many of these Iraqi's they refer to live outside of Baghdad.

Anyway thats enough about Iraqi's.

About Al-Jazeera. It's a satelite television news agency. That means you have to pay for it. If your in the middle east and can afford to subscribe, then hey go for it. Might as well subscribe to the news channel you want right? 40 million arabs already do.

Maybe they shouldn't call themselves a news agency but they do report the news. It seems particularly quirky to me that Fox news has hounded Al-Jazeera for portraying insurgents and allowing their beheadings to air.

I mean don't we all choose to subscribe to TIME or Newsweek, or The National Review or the Weekly Standard. Its because we think that magazine is what we want to pay to read.

Same with Al J. If people buy it its cuz they want to see the beheadings and such. It is still freedom of choice and if the right wing TV stations and "Journalists" want to bash'em go right ahead.

However, it seems to me that while touting American ideals in Iraq such as free and fair elections, these people should not dismiss free and fair press, especially without representing that American ideal themselves.

These are of course the same people who state there is a liberal bias in the media.