The Patriotism of NPR and Its Sponsor Al Jazeera America

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  1. MichaelJoeWilliamson
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    I get an e-mail feed from NPR OmBusdman. I was interested to read this;


    Do they really think that the only problem Americans have with Al Jazeera has is showing graphic images of the killing of US service men?



    My goodness.
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    I don't know, what is the problem with Al Jazeera exactly? I wasnt aware there were any, other than maybe the scary name.
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    I, too, have heard mostly good things about Al Jazeera as a news organization. Can someone expound?
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    I mean, what if it was just called BeIn News, like their sports network (BeIn Sports)? These dummies writing to NPR would probably have no idea that it was based in Qatar.
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    I know that early in the Iraq war, Al Jazeera was seen as some arm of the Muslim enemy. But I think since then, most people realize it's simply a news network. I've never watched it, but a lot of people consider it a pretty good one.
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    The writing on their print side is 100x better than any of our networks' (MSNBC, CNN, FOX).
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    Here are some other opinions



    http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/04/world/al-jazeera/index.html
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    Aljazeera reports the violence:

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/al-jazeera-banned-in-iraq/
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    Uh, you might want to read up a little more on this story. They banned them because they reported some Sunni violence against Iraq Security Forces. There's a reason 10 total networks were blocked.

    It's an indictment of the lack of free press in Iraq more than anything.
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    Whether it's a straight network or a propaganda operation, AJA's operation in the U.S. is protected by the 1st Amendment, as is NPR's acceptance of AJA sponsorship. As for the ethical standards mentioned by the ombudsman, journalistic ethics is an oxymoron anyway so that issue is up to NPR.
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    Most of these complaints about AJ seem to be on par with the ones leveled at every other media outlet operating in the US.
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    According to this pew report, AQ's coverage of Syria most closely resembles Fox News' coverage.

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    And that is one fair way to view them. I view them much more skeptically. Their business model will either live or die on its own merits.

    That said, for NPR to so obviously align with them will not help them to continue to convince people they still deserve taxpayer money.
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    Well except being owned and operated by a government, right?

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