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(Huffington Post)   Al Jazeera being blacked out in Alexandria, N.H., Memphis, Tenn. and Cairo, Ga   (huffingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2011-01-31 05:54:49 PM  
interesting article. I wonder how our US news corporations look to people from other countries?
 
2011-01-31 06:15:26 PM  
Ok, it took me longer than it should to get the headline.
 
2011-01-31 06:16:15 PM  
Still on in Florida...

LINK (new window)
 
2011-01-31 06:17:42 PM  
yeah the US cable companies aren't going to let AJE on their programming options. too pro Muslim for the pro Israel media owners.
 
2011-01-31 06:19:23 PM  

miltonbabbitt: Still on in Florida...

LINK (new window)


so what channel is it on and what cable provider do you use?
or does your cableco blacklist it too?
 
2011-01-31 06:28:56 PM  

Weaver95: interesting article. I wonder how our US news corporations look to people from other countries?


Being from another country and I can honestly say that I stopped watching US news because it failed to provide any actual news. Sure you get the point forms, but never a "why" something happened. Learn about why there is unrest in Egypt on Fox or CNN? That would be absurd. Want more than a 1 minute clip on flooding in Australia? Not going to happen. However, if you want the latest on Lindsay Lohan, you're all set.
 
2011-01-31 06:31:02 PM  
Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency. It not about censorship it's about not airing propaganda and nut balls.
 
2011-01-31 06:31:59 PM  
That corporate censorship comes as American diplomats harshly criticize the Egyptian government for blocking Internet communication inside the country and as Egypt attempts to block Al Jazeera from broadcasting.

Right, so if the cable networks don't carry [arbitrary network x], it's corporate censorship. WHY IS THE STRING CHEESE ART CHANNEL BEING CENSORED BY TEH CORPORATIONS???

Prior to this week, is there any indication that there was sufficient demand for Al Jazeera English to justify it being part of a line up? Even for the "blame America first" crowd, there must be a limit to how many hours a day of islamist spin you want to watch.
 
2011-01-31 06:32:51 PM  
My two most trusted sources of news, especially in regards to events from outside the United States: the BBC & Al Jazeera.

Most domestic news organizations think they can pull off "in-depth" coverage with two or three total correspondents outside of the US.

What a joke.
 
2011-01-31 06:33:37 PM  

Hobodeluxe: miltonbabbitt: Still on in Florida...

LINK (new window)

so what channel is it on and what cable provider do you use?
or does your cableco blacklist it too?


Its blocked from most cable companies, but everyone can access the live feed that they run. For the record, I know 100% that AT&T does not offer it for their Uverse service. If you want to watch just go to Link (new window)
 
2011-01-31 06:34:02 PM  

Airfoilsguy: Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency. It not about censorship it's about not airing propaganda and nut balls.


Watch a lot of Fox News Al Jazeera, do you?
 
2011-01-31 06:34:03 PM  
Honestly I've been getting a lot of my news from Al Jazeera for a few years now. Even for stuff in the US -- when the Arizona shootings happened, the articles on Al Jazeera were more informative and detailed than the ones on CNN, and updated more quickly.

Dunno if I'd watch it on TV (I don't have cable or satellite, I use the internets instead) but it would probably be a lot more useful than any of the American "news" networks.
 
2011-01-31 06:34:20 PM  

Airfoilsguy: Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency. It not about censorship it's about not airing propaganda and nut balls.


faux
 
2011-01-31 06:34:22 PM  
It's pronounced "kay-row".
 
2011-01-31 06:34:27 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Weaver95: interesting article. I wonder how our US news corporations look to people from other countries?

Being from another country and I can honestly say that I stopped watching US news because it failed to provide any actual news. Sure you get the point forms, but never a "why" something happened. Learn about why there is unrest in Egypt on Fox or CNN? That would be absurd. Want more than a 1 minute clip on flooding in Australia? Not going to happen. However, if you want the latest on Lindsay Lohan, you're all set.


Sad but true. To a foreigner watching CNN or Fox, this place must look like a 3 ring circus of idiocy, absurdity, and stupidity. I'll be the 1st to admit, we aren't that far off from it either. If I want to see facts about something and no 24/7 editorial/overly opinionated talking heads, I usuallly go to the BBC. Ever since I noticed that EVERYONE on TV has to throw in a little opinionated blip about almost everything, it really pisses me off.
 
2011-01-31 06:35:29 PM  
I used to work in Cairo, GA, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/its pronounced K-ro
 
2011-01-31 06:36:01 PM  
And to those who think Al Jazeera isn't a legit news organization, watch one or two of their 'Faultlines' programs, which specialize on coverage of US events. They put most domestic news networks to shame:

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/faultlines/
(new window)
 
2011-01-31 06:36:23 PM  

Airfoilsguy: Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency. It not about censorship it's about not airing propaganda and nut balls.


9/10
 
2011-01-31 06:36:38 PM  

Rapmaster2000: It's pronounced "kay-row".


Damnit, you beat me by a minute!
 
2011-01-31 06:37:02 PM  
Because the Muslims don't control your English programming lineup. The Juice control your English programming lineup.
 
2011-01-31 06:37:56 PM  

Airfoilsguy: Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency. It not about censorship it's about not airing propaganda and nut balls.


that's the biggest pile of horse hockey I've seen so far today.
if they didn't want to air propaganda and nutballs they'd blacklist Fox News.

4.bp.blogspot.com

what they don't want to happen is for Americans to hear anything but pro Israel "news"
 
2011-01-31 06:39:01 PM  

Airfoilsguy: Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency. It not about censorship it's about not airing propaganda and nut balls.



You obviously know nothing about it then. Ever watched it? I'll bet you burn books without reading them as well.

Most of the people I know overseas wonder why our news networks have so little news. They seem to view it more as propaganda for some reason.
 
2011-01-31 06:39:07 PM  

Weaver95: interesting article. I wonder how our US news corporations look to people from other countries?


And why would people care to see the american slant?

This article is very misleading and its not censorship, why would a cable company waste their money and bandwidth carrying a channel that maybe 1-5% of the audience would want to watch?

G1AndyP: Its blocked from most cable companies, but everyone can access the live feed that they run. For the record, I know 100% that AT&T does not offer it for their Uverse service. If you want to watch just go to Link (new window)


Again, blocked is a strong word. When people call for it then they will carry it but most people wont want to see it simply because of the content and connection to islam.
 
2011-01-31 06:40:11 PM  

Airfoilsguy: Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency. It not about censorship it's about not airing propaganda and nut balls.


Sounds like Fox News.

At any rate, TFA is wrong about DirecTV. They just play a half hour of Al Jazeera, the rest is other alternate news.
 
2011-01-31 06:40:56 PM  

Forced Perspective: That corporate censorship comes as American diplomats harshly criticize the Egyptian government for blocking Internet communication inside the country and as Egypt attempts to block Al Jazeera from broadcasting.

Right, so if the cable networks don't carry [arbitrary network x], it's corporate censorship. WHY IS THE STRING CHEESE ART CHANNEL BEING CENSORED BY TEH CORPORATIONS???

Prior to this week, is there any indication that there was sufficient demand for Al Jazeera English to justify it being part of a line up? Even for the "blame America first" crowd, there must be a limit to how many hours a day of islamist spin you want to watch.


You know, there's a difference between "let's try and be as good as we can be and recognize that we do somehow have problems" and "blame America first!" right?

But yes, there probably has been insufficient demand for Al-Jazeera up until this point to make it economical for most networks to carry it.

What's sad is the state of journalism in this country, and, more generally, the West. Not saying it's any better outside of the West, but we used to be better at it, so we should recognize the problem and fix it. There is little demand for actual journalism anymore, just a demand for pablum that fits our preconceived notions.

Where are the Sheehans and Woodwards and Bernsteins of yesteryear?
 
2011-01-31 06:43:20 PM  
It's also available free via satellite over the entire US with a cheap receiver and a 90cm dish (bigger in AK and HI) along with a bunch of other foreign-originated channels.
 
2011-01-31 06:43:24 PM  
FTFA

Al Jazeera follows a public broadcasting model similar to the BBC, CBC and NPR and is largely funded by the government of Qatar, which Burman said takes a completely hands-off approach to content. Al Jazeera is the scourge of authoritarian governments around the Middle East, which attempt to block it. The network, however, covers much more than the Middle East, and now has more bureaus in Latin America than CNN and the BBC, said Burman. "As proud as we are of our Middle Eastern coverage, we are in other places in the world that are never, never seen on television in American homes," he said.

Burman said that he will use the experience with the Tunisia and Egyptian uprisings in upcoming meetings with cable providers as the network continues its push. Comcast did not respond to requests for comment.

"Why in the most vibrant democracy in the world, where engagement and knowledge of the world is probably the most important, why it's not available is one of these things that would take a PhD scholar to understand," Burman said.


Cable is a rotting corpse. Just stream it from their website and cut the cable.
 
2011-01-31 06:43:25 PM  

Weaver95: interesting article. I wonder how our US news corporations look to people from other countries?


Like this:
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-01-31 06:43:37 PM  

steamingpile: Again, blocked is a strong word. When people call for it then they will carry it but most people wont want to see it simply because of the content and connection to islam.


then give Al Jazeera a slot in the US news line up and let the market decide for itself.
 
2011-01-31 06:45:10 PM  
Airfoilsguy

Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency. It not about censorship it's about not airing propaganda and nut balls.

So, I take it you've never watched that news feed.
 
2011-01-31 06:46:03 PM  
So much for free speech, Teabaggers.
 
2011-01-31 06:46:14 PM  

Airfoilsguy: Al Jazeera is a bullshiat propaganda news agency.


$10 says you learned this factoid from a news agency at least as bad as they said Al Jazeera is.
 
2011-01-31 06:46:28 PM  

steamingpile:
Again, blocked is a strong word. When people call for it then they will carry it but most people wont want to see it simply because of the content and connection to islam.


No, censored maybe is. Blocked, however, is about dead on.

The rest of your reasoning is somewhat truthful, though - the connection to islam bit, especially.
 
2011-01-31 06:48:34 PM  
Al Jazeera English language live stream

/you can't stop the signal
 
2011-01-31 06:49:29 PM  
+1 subby.
 
2011-01-31 06:49:56 PM  

Hobodeluxe: miltonbabbitt: Still on in Florida...

LINK (new window)

so what channel is it on and what cable provider do you use?
or does your cableco blacklist it too?


I use Cox Cable internet and have been going to the link I posted earlier in the thread. No blockage yet.
 
2011-01-31 06:50:21 PM  

Jacobin: FTFA

Al Jazeera follows a public broadcasting model similar to the BBC, CBC and NPR and is largely funded by the government of Qatar, which Burman said takes a completely hands-off approach to content. Al Jazeera is the scourge of authoritarian governments around the Middle East, which attempt to block it. The network, however, covers much more than the Middle East, and now has more bureaus in Latin America than CNN and the BBC, said Burman. "As proud as we are of our Middle Eastern coverage, we are in other places in the world that are never, never seen on television in American homes," he said.

Burman said that he will use the experience with the Tunisia and Egyptian uprisings in upcoming meetings with cable providers as the network continues its push. Comcast did not respond to requests for comment.

"Why in the most vibrant democracy in the world, where engagement and knowledge of the world is probably the most important, why it's not available is one of these things that would take a PhD scholar to understand," Burman said.

Cable is a rotting corpse. Just stream it from their website and cut the cable.


corp.sonic.net

with a little finagling (google it), you can get al jazeera on the tv through the roku

/love my roku
//saved $70 a month on the cable bill and don't miss a thing
 
2011-01-31 06:50:25 PM  
I've been watch AJE online and it's been the best coverage of what's going on in Egypt by far.
 
2011-01-31 06:50:30 PM  
That makes sense, tyranny cannot survive the free flow of information.
 
2011-01-31 06:50:33 PM  
Never thought I would see Cairo, GA on Fark. Awesome!!!

/Go Syrupmakers
 
2011-01-31 06:50:59 PM  
FTFA: The result of the Al Jazeera English blackout in the United States has been a surge in traffic to the media outlet's website, where footage can be seen streaming live.

Yeah, when I want news I don't turn on the TV... I hit the internet. TV news only has dumbass political pundits fapping to whatever latest spurious logic is giving their ratings a boost and the latest exploits of Lindsay Lohan and the cast of Jersey Shore. Fark TV news.
 
2011-01-31 06:51:06 PM  

MrSteve007: And to those who think Al Jazeera isn't a legit news organization, watch one or two of their 'Faultlines' programs, which specialize on coverage of US events. They put most domestic news networks to shame:

http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/faultlines/ (new window)


I've read news from Al Jazeera on their site many times before. Never seen the Faultlines programs. Watching the cannabis legalization one now. Thanks
 
2011-01-31 06:51:10 PM  
Ha! Here near DC, I can watch Al Jazeera for free anytime I want on the MHz Networks (new window).

/ooh, almost time for "The Bachelor"
 
2011-01-31 06:51:30 PM  
Al Jazeera offers better news than any other American news agency. People are suspicious of it because it's got a Middle Eastern name. It's the news agency equivalent of a brown man at the airport.

My only complaint is that the journalists sometimes come off as a bit obtuse when they're trying to ask tough questions and end up badgering the guest on the show.
 
2011-01-31 06:52:46 PM  

Tarkus: That makes sense, tyranny cannot survive the free flow of information.


which leads me to another question - how much longer can open forums like this one survive? lets face it, we would not be well liked by comcast and other corporate masters. if the FCC fails in its job, our corporate overlords could throttle down fark and just quash whatever speech they wanted.
 
2011-01-31 06:53:07 PM  
what obvious tag on hiatus?
 
2011-01-31 06:53:16 PM  
I'd rather keep Al Jazeera and block the Puffington Post . . .
 
2011-01-31 06:53:53 PM  

mongbiohazard: Fark TV news.


From your keyboard to Drew's eyes
 
2011-01-31 06:55:25 PM  

MrSteve007: My two most trusted sources of news, especially in regards to events from outside the United States: the BBC & Al Jazeera.

Most domestic news organizations think they can pull off "in-depth" coverage with two or three total correspondents outside of the US.

What a joke.


I don't trust any source, however, I like to view sources of various biases and use my brain to filter through it all. I dislike having other people do the filtering for me.
 
2011-01-31 06:55:48 PM  

G1AndyP: Hobodeluxe: miltonbabbitt: Still on in Florida...

LINK (new window)

so what channel is it on and what cable provider do you use?
or does your cableco blacklist it too?

Its blocked from most cable companies, but everyone can access the live feed that they run. For the record, I know 100% that AT&T does not offer it for their Uverse service. If you want to watch just go to Link (new window)


There is a significant difference between "blocked" and "not carried", if you want that channel you need to let your cable or satellite provider know. There is only limited bandwidth on a cable providers plant; carrying unwanted channels is not wise.
 
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