by Chris Bowers, Tue Aug 10, 2004 at 05:57:05 PM EDT
by Chris Bowers, Sat Aug 07, 2004 at 08:17:19 AM EDT
Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said the government convened an independent commission a month ago to monitor Al-Jazeera's daily coverage "to see what kind of violence they are advocating, inciting hatred and problems and racial tension."
Based on the commission's finding, the National Security Committee ordered the monthlong closure, Allawi said.
Iraqi Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib said the closure was intended to give the station "a chance to readjust their policy against Iraq."(...)
During a July 25 interview with Al-Jazeera in Moscow, interim Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari accused the channel of biased reporting and implied its journalists could be barred from the country.
"We do not tolerate those who exploit the freedom of the media," Zebari said then. "These channels have become channels for provocation against the interest, security and safety of the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government will not be lenient toward such behavior."Of course, since Al-Jazeera is the only Arabic-language news channel in the area where you could have a debate about whether or not it is biased, the representatives of the same Iraqi government that banned the network were willing to be interviewed on it. Obviously, Iraq is still working out that freedom of the press thing.
I guess bombing Al-Jazeera was not enough. At the same time, I wonder if there will be any repercussions for journalists who ran the bogus beheading story. Oh yeah, I don't want to incite violence or anything, but people are still dying in Iraq.
by Chris Bowers, Tue Aug 03, 2004 at 04:01:38 PM EDT
CNN's hawk hack job on Dean is a another example of the intolerance the media has not only has for Dean, but but for non-official, anti-war, left-wing positions in general.
by Chris Bowers, Tue Aug 03, 2004 at 11:55:50 AM EDT
The Democratic National Committee's independent expenditure office is spending $6 million in 20 competitive states [this week alone] and on national cable networks to broadcast an ad in which Kerry argues that he can lead a nation at war. And, on Tuesday, the Media Fund, a liberal interest group, rolled out five TV ads in five swing states -- Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New Mexico. The group, which spent $27 million in 17 states this spring to keep Kerry competitive on the air as he rebuilt his campaign fund after the primary, says it is spending at least $2.5 million over a week to run the ads.That's $14M for direct, pro-Bush advertising over the next two weeks, and $8.5M for indirect, pro-Kerry advertising over next week. The article did not indicate what pro-Kerry groups are planning for the week after this one, but for at least the next seven days Kerry allies will combine to outspend Bush on TV ads.
Also, Bush is significantly cutting back on negative advertising, which made up around 75% of his previous ads buys. The campaign must have finally relented after realizing that the negative ads were not having their desired impact on Kerry's image. Kerry's unfavorables remain a little more than ten points lower than Bush's.
by Chris Bowers, Thu Jul 22, 2004 at 11:33:05 AM EDT
Of course, this year is very different. Not only is there F911, but other polemic documentaries, such as Control Room, The Corporation, The Hunting of the President, Outfoxed, and Super Size Me have also received, or are about to receive, significant, widespread attention.
Let's enter into a wonderful hypothetical world for a moment where all six have been nominated for Best Documentary. Which one do you think would win? Which one would you want to win? Take the poll, and discuss.