Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Al-Jazeera - #2644 - VIDEO: Obama Administration Official Urges Cable Providers to Carry Al-Jazeera - The Blaze

Obama urges cable providers to carry Al-Jazeera - The Blaze - As unrest erupted in Egypt, the Al-Jazeera network gained international fans in the United States for its live streaming coverage from Cairo. But while many Americans tuned-in to the Al-Jazeera broadcasts, many media watchdogs warned against rewarding the controversial network with viewership. Fox News‘ Bill O’Reilly recently hosted a heated discussion on whether Al-Jazeera should be “praised” for its coverage, which often includes anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric: It comes as somewhat of a shock, then, to see an official of the Obama administration openly encouraging American cable companies to carry Al-Jazeera. But Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Juliette Kayyem pleaded in a Boston Globe op-ed Monday, “Let us see Al-Jazeera.”  For the past few weeks, a parallel plot line to the revolutions in the Arab world has been playing out in the media. With rare exceptions, the largest American cable and satellite providers simply do not provide viewers access to Al Jazeera English, the cousin to the powerful Qatar-based world news network. AJE has launched a full-fledged campaign – including advertisements quoting, of all people, major US news figures – to convince cable carriers to open their programming. But most have declined: Burlington, Vt., is the closest city to Boston where viewers can see the network on television.  Read more.........

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