HuffPO has this piece up about Al Jazeera English being blacked out in the U.S. but available in Canada. It’s a stick in the eye of democracy that we have such a restriction as this. The reasons, as usual, are thoroughly decrepit. Politics and money.
Now I can’t vouch for Al Jazeera. Whether they are truthful isn’t something I know of. We do have Fox though so the truth doesn’t seem to be a criteria in U.S. broadcasting.
Following are a couple of excerpts from the HuffPo article. LINK
Other than in a handful of pockets across the U.S. – including Ohio, Vermont and Washington, D.C. – cable carriers do not give viewers the choice of watching Al Jazeera. That corporate censorship comes as American diplomats harshly criticize the Egyptian government for blocking Internet communication inside the country and as Egypt attempts to block Al Jazeera from broadcasting.
The objections from the cable companies have come for both political and commercial reasons, said Burman, the former editor-in-chief of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “In 2006, pre-Obama, the experience was a challenging one. Essentially this was a period when a lot of negative stereotypes were associated with Al Jazeera. The effort was a difficult one,” he said, citing the Bush administration’s public hostility to the network.
“There was reluctance from these companies to embark in a direction that would perhaps be opposed by the Bush administration. I think that’s changed. I think if anything the Obama administration has indicated to Al Jazeera that it sees us as part of the solution, not part of the problem,” Burman said.