We keep telling ourselves that the USA is a shining beacon of freedom, and yet, most Americans aren’t being allowed to watch Al Jazeera’s English-language channel on our TVs.
Is it because of lack of demand? No — the three cities in the US where Al Jazeera English is broadcast have high viewership numbers. Over 50,000 people have written to their cable and satellite carriers to request the channel.
It is because they are biased toward Islamic terrorists? No, Al Jazeera’s coverage of the recent uprisings in the Middle East were widely praised by journalists both in the US and around the world. Even in Israel, Al Jazeera is available and widely watched.
And yet, the major cable and satellite carriers in the US refuse to carry Al Jazeera. And when when Comcast and Time Warner even started talking to Al Jazeera, conservatives reacted quickly with a petition to keep Al Jazeera off the airwaves.
I guess freedom of speech only applies if you say things our corporate-owned media likes. And as for free markets … you have got to be kidding me.