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Dem Delegates Prefer Al-Jazeera Over Fox

From an article on Al-Jazeera convention coverage:

Like many of the delegates, Lowrey was happy to discover Al-Jazeera at the convention.

"Most of us don't feel that Al-Jazeera is worse than Fox," he said.

And he may be right in making that claim for other delegates: Earlier in the week, delegates were asked to face a specific direction in the hall for the official convention photo. The direction was described on the public address system as next to a Fox News Channel sign.

"Boooo," the hall erupted at the mention of Fox.

In contrast, Al-Jazeera's quiet presence got a better reception from the floor.

"Democracy is contagious," said Tim Prince, a California delegate. "We can only hope that what they see here will be properly represented. I wish Americans would hear more about what happens in the Arab world."

It's entirely possible that the audience for the convention was bigger overseas that in the U.S.


Comments (14)

Al Jazeera and Fox are two ... (Below threshold)

Al Jazeera and Fox are two news orgs with different goals and identical methods.

the same can be said for CN... (Below threshold)
Debra:

the same can be said for CNN
MSNBC and the three bigs

Funny...every time I tune t... (Below threshold)
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Funny...every time I tune to MSNBC, there's another vignette about some "Democrat at home" or in the office, or otherwise, any Democrat doing anything, but notice made about them being Democrats! It's as if MSNBC was the "broadcast network of the DNC." And Democrats have the nerve to think FOX is "faux."

It's amazing how much Democrats have a larger need for reinforcement than do others in their media. If something isn't atune to the Left's current theme/s, it's labelled "rightwing" or even worse, an enemy influence.

I've recently discovered FOX and find it to be exactly the opposite of all that the liberals I know had me convinced it was or would be. Surprise, it's an interesting and balanced news broadcast, while going back to MSNBC provides nothing other than liberal news, from a liberal perspective, and nearly no mention of much of anything else. Liberals need to get out more.

"I've recently discovered F... (Below threshold)

"I've recently discovered FOX and find it to be exactly the opposite of all that the liberals I know had me convinced it was or would be. Surprise, it's an interesting and balanced news broadcast, while going back to MSNBC provides nothing other than liberal news, from a liberal perspective, and nearly no mention of much of anything else. Liberals need to get out more."

That was really funny. Send me some of what you are smoking. Fox is a joke.

FOX tilts right in the stor... (Below threshold)

FOX tilts right in the stories it covers, how they cover them, the talking heads they choose to have on to opine.

But CNN/MSNBC/Networks tilt left in the same manner.

To deny either is supreme idiocy.

Fox is a joke.... (Below threshold)

Fox is a joke.

Television news is a joke -- which is why more people get their political newsw from "The Daily Show" than any of the news networks. And it's probably why that Will Ferrell movie is still showing.

David Anderson: Somehow, I... (Below threshold)
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David Anderson: Somehow, I don't get from you through your comments here that you have much of a sense of humor. Or understand what anything to the right of, umm, Fidel Castro, actually means.

Look (using a John Kerry method of speech here), look, I watched MSNBC for years and fell for the Leftwing rants that FOX involved being showered in spittle if dared to be tuned to, and then I got increasingly tired of hearing evusive moby-data from MSNBC, that has gotten so thick you can't part it with an ox, and tuned to FOX in a held-breath test, and, presto, lots of Democrats advising the world what everyone else should be doing, thinking, feeling even, and a lot of polite people actually listening to what they had to say, contrary to MSNBC and others, where the word, "Repubican," receives an audible, scary sound from announcers and audiences.

You liberals are all alike in this regard and that is, you just lack balance where media and information is concerned. It's impossible for you as a liberal here to even comprehend that someone such as myself would prefer FOX to other stations -- in tone and content rich features -- without having been "smoking" something. Which reveals far more about your perspective than mine, that there remark o' yours.

Not to mention all the many... (Below threshold)
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Not to mention all the many millions of other viewers who prefer FOX to other broadcasts. Sadly, the "liberal" toons are struggling for viewers and advertiser support. Meaning, FOX is providing a good product, better than most, and people are responding to that by watching the broadcasts from FOX far more than other broadcasts. Even SLATE (print) is waning. No surprise there.

The label of "liberal elites" is truly applicable because in my experience, the left can't tolerate the idea that other people may actually be able to know anything unless the left "tells" them what they should and are to know.

Most people just get tired of that. So they watch FOX and read things other than the left wing media because they're tired of the left and the liberal insistence on antagonism.

"You liberals are all alike... (Below threshold)

"You liberals are all alike in this regard and that is, you just lack balance where media and information is concerned. It's impossible for you as a liberal here to even comprehend that someone such as myself would prefer FOX to other stations -- in tone and content rich features -- without having been "smoking" something. Which reveals far more about your perspective than mine, that there remark o' yours."


Very few liberals are all alike. And I have no problem comprehending at all why you would prefer Fox, just as I dont argue that MSNBC is probably preffered by a lot of Liberals. We all want reaffirmation of our belief systems dont we? Personally I watch CNN, becuase despite what some say here, I do see more of a balance. I see Bush getting a lot of time and respect, and people like Wolf Blitzer and Candy Crowley seem to me to be much more of a Bush supporter than liberal. But that is just my perception.

And contrary to what you think, perhaps I have more of a sense of humor than you imagine... I was joking about the smoking thing. The only thing I smoke is good old Marlboro Menthols. At any rate, we all have our reasons for watching the news we watch. I personally cant stomach people like Bill Riley, who I consider a clown. But I will catch Fox everynow and then if the satelite is down on CNN.

"Most people just get tired... (Below threshold)

"Most people just get tired of that. So they watch FOX and read things other than the left wing media because they're tired of the left and the liberal insistence on antagonism."

Wernt you the person who called Obama's speech "socialist," Okay. I understand now. Nothing more needs be said. I understand you are new, welcome to the Blogsphere. I wish you much success.

By the way, you never did a... (Below threshold)

By the way, you never did answer the charges of Obama promoting socialism and denying personal freedoms on my Blog. Iquiring minds want to know, when you get a chance, drop by and give us some insight.

David Anderson:Odd... (Below threshold)
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David Anderson:

Oddly, your use of the line, "charges on (your) blog" strikes me as an oxymoron.

Why would I "visit" your blog, by the way?

Oh, wait, I responded to the troll bait here and you think that reflects interest? I'm flattered, but, hey, no thanks. But, go ahead, knock yourself out.

Obama, by the way, does propher a socialist message. Look around, read the wealth of information about that. Socialism with a pretty bow and a Harvard degree affiliated is still socialism.

As I wrote at the outset here, you don't strike me as someone with any capability of balance. I knew I shouldn't have responded to the trolling, but, hopefully, I won't again. Have a nice day.

I dont know why you would v... (Below threshold)

I dont know why you would visit my blog. Only you can answer that. But you did. And since you commented on Obama's speech and called it socialist and an attempt to limit personal liberties with no clarrification, I thought I would give you an opportunity to clarrify, since I havent seen anyone else make that assumption, suit yourself. I was simply being polite.
As for the balance comment, you are entitled to your opinion. I am sure it shared by some, just as the the idea that Fox is void of balance is shared by many on the left. Perhaps if you read some more of my writing you would feel different. I never make such assumptions based on a few responses to one thread.
At any rate, the original point of this thread was Al Jazeera vs. Fox, and I feel that the idea of Al Jazeera being better than Fox is preposterous. As Preposterous as the idea of Fox being FAIR and Balanced. Al Jazeera is propaganda for Islamic extremist, and even though I may have differences with the Right, I am an American, and in Al Jazeera, we share a common enemy to truth.

Since you started by draggi... (Below threshold)
Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey:

Since you started by dragging my name into your discussion:

I was glad to see Al-Jazeera there, because I want the rest of the world to see democracy and diversity in action. I am a born-again Christian, a proud and patriotic American in the Democratic Party, and want to let the Arab world see that not all Americans are anti-Muslim bigots and bullying fratboys who disgrace the name of Texas. (Yes, there are Christian Arabs, and have been since Pauline times.)

As for Al-Jazeera being the moral equivalent to Fox: I don't recall explicitly making that comparison, but it doesn't seem too far off the mark. Other obvious comparisons would be the Weekly World (or whatever the current successor to the Daily Worker calls itself) and any of the Red Chinese propaganda rags.




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