Looks like Al Jazeera finally is going to get a wider audience in the U.S. From what I’ve seen of it on the Internet, I’m thinking it’s credible but I AM wondering about the connection to PBS! Who set up this deal? Was this just the Bush Administration’s idea or did the hand of Obama get involved somehow? And that the mere mention of NBC….
By Robert MacMillan
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Al Jazeera Network plans to announce on Thursday that it has signed a deal to run its news on Worldfocus, a syndicated nightly news program produced in New York and distributed throughout the United States.
Worldfocus, hosted by former NBC News correspondent Martin Savidge, is produced by New York City public broadcaster WLIW and syndicated to a number of Public Broadcasting Service affiliates, as well as other stations in 60 U.S. markets, including 27 of the top 30.
Al Jazeera declined to disclose terms of the deal.
The service’s Arabic-language network is available in the United States through the DISH Network Corp. It has been trying to increase the distribution of its English- language network through cable television, but so far is available only in Washington, D.C., Toledo, Ohio and Burlington, Vermont.
The story contains more details on Al Jazeera’s expansion via the Internet, which has grown to include a free broadcast service, YouTube, Twitter…and a marketing campaign being launched in the New York Times and Washington Post.
On Wednesday, Harold Meyerson wrote an op ed piece in the Washington Post on the current financial crisis and had a moment of upset:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009; Page A17
…That’s why a bill that Barney Frank is promoting in the House, which would direct banks that choose to take bailout funds to start lending to creditworthy borrowers and designate no less than $40 billion for mortgage relief, is necessary if Congress is to authorize the Treasury to spend another $350 billion on TARP. Over in the Senate, the Democrats seem inclined to think that the need for such legislation is obviated by President-elect Obama‘s promise to administer the TARP in the ways that Frank’s bill would mandate.
If Obama’s appointees inspired sufficient trust that they would be willing to take on the banks, such legislation would be unnecessary. Unfortunately, they don’t.
What? A bit of doubt about Obama’s choices? But my mind, as simple as it may be, asks this question. First, what’s going to happen between the House and the Senate? Seems Rep. Barney is having a sudden bout of “accountablilty” when it comes to delivering bailout money to borrowers…they should be “creditworthy.” And that stipulation has to be within legislation that must be passed to authorize the Treasury to spend more bailout money. But the Senate is saying “Who needs legislation? We’ve got OBAMA’S WORD that he’ll do exactly the same thing without the bother of a law.”
So, I then ask myself: if Obama gets his mitts on this money, does it really go to “creditworthy” individuals? Which individuals? Will this be “reparation” money? If the recipients are the not “creditworthy” and a lot of them are the same people who couldn’t meet previous mortgages doesn’t this mean that Obama is just repeating the “non-oversight” pattern of the Democrats that helped get us into this MESS we’re in??
OK, the guy they tried to tell us hung out at his local Home Depot (he didn’t) and who’s got his son Beau lined up to glide into the Senate is still being sold to us as “Everyman”?? Oh, PLEASE! From Silicon Valley’s Mercury News, which picks up this AP nonsense:
The Non-GMO Project Product Verification Program is Up and Running
The governments of the US and Canada stand in sharp contrast to sixty other countries around the world, including the European Union, Russia, and China, by not requiring foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be so labeled. They do so despite good evidence that GMOs could have negative health implications for humans and the environment, and despite the fact that 87% of American consumers want products that contain GMO ingredients to be labeled.
This week we lost Patrick McGoohan, who was Number 6–”The Prisoner”–in the Village. I also enjoyed watching him in “Secret Agent” (“Danger Man” in the UK) when I was teenager. In fact, I had a huge crush on him!
And, we can’t forget Ricardo Montalban either, who’s own “village” was on Fantasy Island…
Ever hear of an “extra anatomical tube bypass”? Well, my 24-year-old nephew had this surgery on Wednesday. He was born with a congenital defect of the aorta and underwent surgery when he was about 3. His blood pressure has always been high and the meds have made him tired. It was now time to make the fix since he’s stopped growing. Instead of messing with the aorta itself and dealing with possible complications from previous scarring, the procedure used was a “bypass” which eliminates the need to arrest the heart and putting the body into hypothermia. The surgery went well. I convinced him to go to a medical hypnotist. He didn’t need any blood transfusions and today, 3 days after the procedure, he’s only on Tylenol for the pain (which even the day of the surgery he described as being only “soreness”) and the swelling is almost gone. And his blood pressure is better now than ever before and equalized throughout his body.
Congratulations, Mark! You did it!!
THE PAST WEEK
“The Black President”: A 1926 Novel “Predicts” the Politics of 2008 with Some Eerily Similar Details
The Scanner-Politics 1/15/09 (40 Musical Obama Supporters Slide-Show; Barbie at 50 [French]; Women and the World; “Obama-Cola The Great National Temperance Beverage”; Tina Brown; WLS Chicago–the Governor Sells Furniture)
Reality Check from Our Chicago Correspondent: University of Chicago & Its Hospital “Terminating” Jobs Like Crazy (Michelle O., Guess Shuffling All Those Indigent Patients Elswhere Didn’t Help the Bottom Line That Much? Your “Plum” Job is Going, Too!)
The Past Week: January 4-January 10, 2009 (Donor Fatigue among Obamacrats; Wes Clark; Ms. Magazine–Total Sellout; Tess; Street Numbers Man; “Grounding” with Harvesting; Betta Fish Drama)
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