This morning I saw a political scientist on the news. I think it was the French station. Most mornings I flip through the stations, to hear a different side of each important story. So this guy says that Israel and the Saudis talked privately, and it was Israel’s idea to put Al Jazeera on the list of demands against Qatar. Now it all starts to make sense.
News in Israel
When I’m watching the Yes cable news, I see:
* CNN – way too much air time trashing Trump (fun for a few innings but I’m over it)
* Fox – even more time to trashing anyone trashing Trump
* UK’s Sky News – which somehow panders to both the high class and the sensation-seekers
* Bloomberg – well, actually I can’t stomach this channel so I don’t watch it
* France 24 (French-PoV in English) – which is too slow (my mouse-button finger twitches, trying to change the speed settings)
and then Al Jazeera.
Why I Watch Al Jazeera
The USA-based stations are mud-slinging with panels of talking heads. Sky is going on and on about local UK politics and sports. Sometimes it pulls publicity stunts, like talking about how good looking OJ is, or getting shot in Caracas because…because …. we wouldn’t know how vio…. I give up. There was no reason for the press to be on the streets in the path of bullets. When I want to hear real news about the Middle East and Africa, Al Jazeera is the only station actually providing new information that I find relevant.
When they show old videos of Gaza, I use my privilege as a citizen of a free and advanced country, to change the channel. Access to different points of view is a privilege. I used to think it was a right. But with the government now saying they will shut down Al Jazeera, I know it’s a privilege.
Is There a Question of Freedom of Speech versus Security?
This morning, the Minister of Communication said Israel will revoke Al Jazeera’s broadcasting rights. He says it supports terrorism. I’ve actually watched a few episodes of Al Jazeera’s morning show. Granted, I changed the channel when it talked about Gaza once this summer. But seriously, I don’t see the stories that support terrorism. Is the Israeli government saying it has proof that Al Jazeera supports terror financially? I didn’t catch that one. Wouldn’t that be the only justification for blocking Israeli citizens from choosing to hear another point of view?
In the end, I think this decision makes our government look petty. If there are real issues on the table for Qatar to make changes for the security of innocents all over the world, let those issues be heard and implemented. Putting a news channel on the list demeans the call for change.