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Al Jazeera America Launches On-Air News Network Today

 

Middle Eastern News Service Beaming to 40 Million American Households

(VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Today’s the day.

Al Jazeera America launched in approximately 40 million households at 3pm Eastern with an hour-long promo of sorts telling people what to expect from the network.

Within the first five minutes of air time, Al Jazeera America played very brief clips of Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton engaged in some of their most contentious onscreen moments followed by a voice saying, “news audiences know what is missing– and they know what they want.”

Also visible on screen are clips of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, along with Piers Morgan’s  epically explosive segment with Alex Jones.  Seconds later, a woman tells the camera, “I do think that different channels, that the news is slanted in different directions.  And I think we have to decide what we want to listen to, what we can assimilate the best.”

As the bold words “A New Choice” appear on the screen, it’s clear that Al Jazeera America is trying to tell viewers that if they want the vicious partisan battles of cable news, they can stick with Fox, MSNBC and even CNN.

But if they want something more, this could be the cable news network for them.  Former CNN host and current Al Jazeera America anchor Ali Velshi made a similar point to WNYC’s “On The Media” last week when he said the network doesn’t plan to book “guests who take the most extreme views” on issues.”

In addition to stressing the ways in which they are different from their cable news competitors, Al Jazeera America may also be attempting to counter the notion that the channel is “anti-American” in some way, a position staked out by Glenn Beck earlier this morning who called the network “the voice of the enemy, by including endorsements from Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

Within the first five minutes, viewers saw Clinton remark that viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States “because it’s real news” and McCain hail the network for making a “contribution.”

Fox News warned that Al Jazeera is set to “infiltrate” the United States amid dire warnings about a Muslim “sleeper cell plot.”

The above clip is the first few minutes of the
new broadcasting network’s opening. 

Thank you Republicans, Neocons and Fox News for springing this remarkable backlash and the counterbalancing equivalent of a media arms race upon the American public. 

(Via Mediaite and Matt Willstein)

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The Infamous Reza Aslan Interview

 

Fox News’ Embarrassing Anti-Muslim, Anti-Fact Rant

(VIRAL VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

When a video goes viral online, you might expect it to feature
a kitten dancing on a hippo, or Russell Brand telling an awards
ceremony about breasts.  

Not a theologian putting a Fox News interviewer bang to rights on why he, a Muslim, had dared to write a book about Jesus.

Yet a clip of Dr. Reza Aslan doing just that went viral last month, pushing his book to the top of bestseller lists.

“Just to be clear, this is not some attack on Christianity,” he said of the book describing Jesus of Nazareth as an illiterate, trouble-making social revolutionary– and a very inspirational one at that– to an anchor who could not get past his suspicious Muslim-ness.

“My mother is a Christian, my wife is a Christian, my brother-in-law is an evangelical pastor,” Aslan explained.

Fox anchor Lauren Green was undeterred, determined to
reveal a secret Muslim agenda.

“My job as a scholar of religions with a PhD in the subject
is to write about religions,” he insisted. 

During the interview, Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” was needled by Green how he can write a book about Jesus when he is a Muslim.

While Aslan was taken aback by the question, he defended himself saying:  “I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim.  So it’s not that I’m just some Muslim writing about Jesus.  I am an expert with a Ph.D in the history of religions.”

The clip was watched and cheered by millions – it was
extraordinary and created a firestorm across the US. Some
insisted it was Fox News’ lowest moment and their most
embarrassing interview to date.

To note, Aslan was born to ostensibly Muslim parents in Tehran in 1972 and fled to the US with his family seven years later when the revolution removed the Shah from power.  They lived a fairly secular life and he had no religious instruction as a child.  

Yet he was gripped by religion, eventually attending Santa Clara University and Harvard Divinity School and holding various teaching posts.  He sees himself first and foremost as a storyteller, is an author of several books, and is associate professor of creative writing at University of California, Riverside.

 

(Via The Guardian)

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