Very few Americans have the opportunity to see international news the way millions of people in the
In the gym at the NATO base in
soldiers hit the treadmills every morning and gaze at TV screens broadcasting Al Jazeera’s English news channel. When Osama bin Laden makes news, as he did recently with a statement about Kabul, U.S. Iraq, ’s finest work out beneath the solemn gaze of their most wanted enemy. America
Back in the States about the only way you can watch it is if you are one of the 147,000 subscribers to Buckeye Cablesystem in
Allan Block, the chairman of Block Communications, which owns Buckeye, [says]: “It’s a good channel. Sir David Frost and David Marash are not terrorists. The attempt to blackball it is neo-McCarthyism.”
Block, like other cable providers, got protest letters from Accuracy in Media, a conservative watchdog. Cliff Kincaid, its editor, cites the case of Tayseer Allouni, a former
Afghanistancorrespondent jailed in for Al Qaeda links. This is evidence, he suggests, that “cable providers shouldn’t give them access.” Spain
How do you feel about conservatives like Cliff Kincaid threatening cable providers to prevent you from seeing Al Jazeera?