Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Al-Jazeera Can't Get Arrested
The Arabic news channel -- which is repeatedly banned in many Muslim countries for its hard-hitting reporting while attacked in the west for being a mouthpiece of those very same countries -- can't get any traction in the US, says Variety. It's launching an English language version worldwide on Wednesday, but talks to carry the channel on Comcast have fallen through. (Comcast is the major cable company in Detroit, which has the largest Arab American community in America.) It's still struggling to make something happen on the satellite networks as well. I've got about 200 stations on my cable system and I sure wouldn't mind checking out Al-Jazeera myself.