AlJazeera is NOT going to be streaming live news because the CableCos apparently make that a condition of their carrying them. It won’t be immediately profitable to you to say to these dinosaurs “Scre you , you idiots”, but you will immensely benefit from keeping on the track of doing news differently. The Arab Spring and your streaming of that MADE your reputation and built your ONLY fan base! our ONLY fan base! Do you understand Al Jazeera America? Do you understand and just can’t wait? Let the Cable Cos come begging you to do a Cable Version of News, instead of letting Cable keep News in the stone age. TV is NOT immune to the fate of the Newspapers. It too is an OLD media. Beware AJAM!
This is such a spot-on observation/consideration by Krugman:
What about being able to find work? Suppose you have an expensively acquired degree, and the only jobs out there are part-time gigs at minimum wage. You might not take those jobs; in that case, is it really true that you canâ€™t find work? Alternatively, you might indeed take such a job; is it really right in that case to say that you did find work?
via There Is No “True” Unemployment Rate – NYTimes.com.
Those perceptions in some American precincts – that the network is “anti-American”, “anti-Israel” or even “pro-terrorist”- stem from the network’s coverage of US foreign policy (especially the War on Terror) that has been far more critical (in the best sense of the word) than most US news outlets were willing to be. For years, Bush officials fed this perception by accusing the network of being an anti-American source of terrorist propaganda. The US (accidentally, it claims) attacked al Jazeera bureaus on two occasions, killing its personnel. It even imprisoned an al Jazeera camerman, Sami al-Haj, for six years in Guantanamo without ever charging him with a crime.
via Inside look at the internal strife over Al Jazeera America | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.
Remembering Will Campbell (1924-2013)
Will Campbell outside his home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, in 1992 (Mark Humphrey/AP)
the essential truth of the man’s life is that he was an enormously important civil rights figure because of the color of his skin (white), because of the manner in which he migrated to the movement, and because of the crucial role he played as a conduit for information from one racially isolated community to the other.
via Remembering Will Campbell – Atlantic Mobile.
Also interesting from the 2004 Obama, distinguishing between “Separation of Church and State” and avoiding/eschewing the “abandoning of the role of faith in politics” as some tend to do when explaining their working out of that “separation”.
in my own public policy, I’m very suspicious of religious certainty expressing itself in politics.
Now, that’s different form a belief that values have to inform our public policy. I think it’s perfectly consistent to say that I want my government to be operating for all faiths and all peoples, including atheists and agnostics, while also insisting that there are values tha tinform my politics that are appropriate to talk about.
via Obama’s Fascinating Interview with Cathleen Falsani – Steven Waldman.
For me, there’s always an artificiality to that separation; that this is an INTELLECTUAL separation that really is simply a linguistic slight of hand that ignores the inevitability of one’s values shaping the policy. Those “values” go deeper than the stump speeches. They express themselves also in attenuating the policies to align with the economic/political pressures to keep on top and “remain viable” as a politician. We’ve heard it: “If you don’t get re-elected, then what good can you accomplish”. Words which smack of “working within the system” to the point of acquiescence, therefore solidifiying one’s perpetuation of it. I hear this from hard-core Obama supporters all the time.