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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Hip Hip Hurra?


According to a New York Times article today, the US has provided financial backing to a TV station to compete with Al Jazeera and called it, fer fuck's sake, Al Hurra.

And when you pay, you gets to say, what gets aired. Well, kinda.

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are up in arms because Al Hurra had the Huevos to broadcast the views of leaders of the militant Islamist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. The executives at Al's Hurra (and pancake house) said that even though none of the people managing the station speak Arabic (hahaha!), they had asked the staff about what was going to be broadcast beforehand (Are they kidding?).

Al Hurra 'xecutives then promised Congress that this mistake will never happen again because they've hired a new vice president for news, Larry Register, who...um...also doesn't speak Arabic. (BUHAHAHA!)

OK, now that we've had our laugh, it's time to cry.

But one of the executives, Joaquin F. Blaya, sounded a tiny little voice of reason during a previous interview:

"But Mr. Blaya also contended in an interview on Wednesday that Al Hurra would lose all credibility if it did not give air time to people who disagree with American policy. He said that complaints about air time for Mr. Haniya were unjustified because he legitimately holds the post of Palestinian prime minister.

Mr. Blaya also said it was ironic that the government was seeking to promote American values like democracy and a free press while at the same time trying to censure what is shown in the station.

'That’s the difference between a free media and propaganda,' he said."

Well said brother. But buena suerte.


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