Giving Terrorist Propaganda Outlets Prime Seating for the State of the Union

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How would you like to get the terrorists' perspective on tonight's State of the Union address?

Want Osama's direct rebuttal? No, he won't actually be giving the Democrats' response to the State of the Union, but the Democrats have given his propaganda arm a prime seat for tonight's State of the Union.

Check out the picture below. As you'll see, Al-Jazeera gets not just any place, but their spot is just three to four steps away from the House Democratic Whip's Office.


No doubt they are going to have to coordinate on the appropriate spin of tonight's State of the Union message.

And how will American troops, who have been portrayed as blood thirsty monsters by Al-Jazeera, and who have seen the Arab world incited against them by Al-Jazeera, feel about the Democrats giving Al-Jazeera a media spot directly outside the Democratic Whip's office?

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I completely disagree with al-Jazeera's editorial decisions regarding the repeated airing of AQ videos. And I can't vouch for the original Arabic version of the channel. But I saw a LOT of al-Jazeera English while in Central Asia. It was mostly responsible journalism as befits an international news agency; including both sides (US/Bush officials were always on), covering a wide array of pro-Democracy stories (Lebanon being a notable example), and often airing shows on Muslims adapting to life in the West that seemed useful and healthy for the assimilation debate. It is, however, stridently anti-Iraq war and too often let local politicians off the hook for the problems of the Arab world. In other words, it was a news source slanted against America but at the same time seeming to favor local democratic movements. Most of the time it seems to be operating as a moderating and liberalizing force for the Arab street. And I'd rather have them give Muslims coverage of Bush's SOTU than state TV, and so I like the access they've been given.

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You're description leaves out the part about characterizing our troops as bloodthirsty maniacs. No other factor can redeem them on it. Left perspective glosses this because they are nearly equally invested in the "troops as murdering rapists" storyline as Al-Jazeera.

I watched the English version while traveling as well. It's reminiscent of the BBC. But that doesn't matter to me. If a network spreads propaganda about the troops, propaganda that puts them at risk, then that network is garbage.

All the other stuff about having a middle of the road television voice would be well and good if it weren't for that one thing. Idealized it would be great to have a network that was credible to Muslims and mostly responsible journalists. But a network spreading lies isn't that.

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Addison I agree. I've seen al-Jazeera English and they do seem to go out of their way to get both sides represented. They've also been a nusiance to many Arab gov'ts over there b/c control of information is slowly being wrestled away from the autocratic regimes.

I agree there is some harsh anti-US comments on Al-Jazeera but in the big picture and the goal to democratize the Middle East, independent, 24-hour news networks generally are a good thing.
I was brought up to believe that how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me. (Anwar al-Sadat, President of Egypt, 1970-1981)

I would have expected them to give such a primo spot to the New York Times.
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

Iustum et tenacem propositi virum non civium ardor prava iubentium, non vultus instantis tyranni mente quatit solida.
-Quintus Horatius Flaccus

If we are serious about spreading big D democracy around the world, maybe we better practice it at home.

Yes, al Jazeera should witness one of the great traditions of our nation!

Will they report it exactly as we'd like? Perhaps, we'll know in the morning.

Will the rest of the world recognize the truth? Most will. They are our allies.

Should we buy them dinner or play 18. Hell no.

I think it would be a mistake to hide from al Jazeera.

Let's rub their noses in a little bit o'democracy.

This is how we do it yea!

Please no jokes about us being good enough that we don't need to practice.
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

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