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Candice Lanier – Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based international cable network, will open 12 new bureaus in various locations across the U.S. The goal of the news outlet’s aggressive expansion is to become a household name in America.
The launch of the new bureaus will begin in the summer. In addition to expansion in New York City, bureaus will open in Nashville, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Seattle, Detroit and Washington, D.C.
Dawud Walid, executive director of Hamas-Linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said he believes Al Jazeera America in Detroit is a positive development for the local Muslim community. “I believe Al Jazeera coming here to the heart of Muslim America can play a productive role in showing a clearer image of who we are as Muslims.”
Al Jazeera has 70 divisions around the world and has been criticized for being a propaganda tool. The network is partially backed by a grant from the Qatari government–which is a contributor to Hamas, in Gaza. The owner of Aljazeera, the emir of Qatar, has donated 400 million dollars to Hamas, a State Department designated terrorist group.
During an October 2012 visit by Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to the southern Gaza strip, the emir agreed to an investment of $400 million to rebuild the Gaza Strip which sustained damage during Operation: Cast Lead, between Israel and Gaza terrorist groups in 2008.
“The emir agreed to increase Qatari investment from $254 million to $400 million,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya announced during a press conference. “Today we demolish the wall of the blockade through this visit, thank you Qatar,” he added.
James Simpson, in a RedState article, provides examples of Al Jazeera’s anti-American propaganda and terrorist connections. A few highlights:
- Film footage of captured terrorists in Iraq demonstrates intent; they arrived to kill Americans because of Al Jazeera.
- NBC’s Lisa Myers, in an article, wrote: “Why do they go? Saudis captured in Iraq say it’s because of pictures on Arab television network Al-Jazeera. We saw the Americans massacring the Iraqis,” said one Saudi prisoner in Iraq…”
- According to CNN, a document found in bin Laden’s compound following his death referred to a meeting with the Al Jazeera bureau chief in Pakistan.
- 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was protected by the government of Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera.
Cliff Kincaid, president of America’s Survival, Inc. and director of the Accuracy in Media (AIM) Center for Investigative Journalism, refers to Al-Jazeera as an “enemy propaganda network that has served as a mouthpiece for terrorist groups.” Those terrorist groups would include Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah.
Kincaid told The Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro, in an interview, that, “at a time when Americans are increasingly concerned about gun violence and the murder of innocents, Al Jazeera wants access to tens of millions of American homes to promote its own brand of anti-American violence and terrorism. For the sake of our loved ones, we have to say no.” Kincaid went on to explain that Al Jazeera could inspire jihadism in America in the same way it has incited anti-American terrorism abroad.
Lebanon’s Al Manar TV has already been banned from the U.S. because it was found to be part of Hezbollah. So, in the same way, a hearing should have been held to determine if Al Jazeera should be banned due to its obvious ties to terrorism. Keep in mind, Al-Jazeera was the voice piece of Osama bin Laden. And, though we are not at war with Qatar, we are at war with the jihadists being supported by Qatar.
What needs to be investigated is why Al Jazeera’s broadcasts in the U.S. aren’t treated by cable and satellite providers as foreign propaganda under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Also in question is why public television stations are turning their broadcast time over to Al Jazeera and other foreign channels, in violation of Federal Communications Commission rules. Additionally, the deal bringing Al Jazeera into the U.S. was not reported to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) of the Treasury Department, which is a violation of the law.
In as much as these are significant concerns, it did not persuade Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), to call for investigation of Al Jazeera. Citing the First Amendment, Scalise said that Al Jazeera has the right to expand its broadcasts in the United States and that there are no grounds for a congressional investigation of Al Gore’s deal with Al Jazeera.
In the U.S., it is against the law to provide material support to terrorists, with “material support” defined as including expert advice or assistance and communications equipment. Consider the fact that during World War II, Tokyo Rose along with Axis Sally broadcast anti-American diatribes from overseas but were apprehended by U.S. authorities after the war, charged with treason and sent to prison. Similarly, the U.S. is officially still at war with global terrorism, but Al Gore provided supporter of terrorism, Al Jazeera, an opportunity to continue its campaign of anti-American, pro-jihadists propaganda on American soil.
Last December, Al Jazeera ran a story about the “gentle” al Qaeda terrorists in Mali who kidnapped and killed three Americans. With statements like this having been and the news organization’s ties to terrorism, there is good reason for concern regarding Al Jazeera’s potential for inciting home grown terrorism.
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5.0 stars – Spectacular
A new study says children who watch more than 3 hours of TV a day are more likely to fight or steal by age 7.
BMW is slowly rolling out its car-savvy-assistant service, called “BMW Genius Everywhere,” Dish Network’s chairman details the plans for its wireless spectrum reserves, and American Express and Twitter pair up for a new “social commerce experience.”
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Apple wants every screen in your home to be an Apple screen. The company will be taking a giant leap toward accomplishing its goal at this year’s WWDC.
In just a decade, Apple has become a dominant force in computers, tablets, and mobile. It has yet to make major inroads into the biggest screen of them all: the television.
Sure, there’s Apple TV, but it has been a “hobby” for the company. Last year, 2.8 million units of the device were sold, and 2.7 million units have been sold so far this year. Though that’s impressive, it’s a far cry from the company’s iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iPod sales.
Cheap and cheerful, the ST30 was without a doubt the best bang-for-buck TV in 2011 and we’re expecting big things from the follow-up. The TV is shipping now, and you can look forward to seeing the full review very soon.
The good: The affordable Panasonic TC-PST50 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels with great shadow detail, accurate colors, and solid bright-room performance. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. The styling is attractive and the feature set well-chosen, including excellent onscreen help options.
The bad: The ST50 uses more power than competing LCD TVs, and doesn’t perform as well in bright rooms as those with matte screens. It doesn’t include 3D glasses, and 3D picture quality showed more crosstalk than many competitors’ models. The ST50 is only available in 50-inch and larger sizes. Three HDMI inputs is one fewer than most midrange TVs offer.
The bottom line: With flagship-level picture quality for a midlevel price, the Panasonic ST50 series sets the value standard among videophile-grade TVs.
Speaking of “full review” and “bang for the buck,” this Sharp has both. It served to introduce our new “Value” score with an excellent score of 8. No, it’s not going to reach the picture quality or features scores seen on the other TVs we’re previewing, but we doubt most of them will hit its value.
The good: The relatively inexpensive Sharp LC-LE640U series delivers accurate color thanks to ample picture controls, as well as a matte screen that works well in bright rooms. Its feature set hits all of the right notes for the price, including excellent help and support options, built-in Wi-Fi, and a remote with three programmable keys to easily access favorite apps. I appreciated its understated styling, especially with such a large screen.
The bad: I noted lighter black levels and uneven lighting across the screen, both especially obvious in dark scenes under home theater lighting. The Sharp also failed to properly handle film-based (1080p/24) sources, causing slight stutter in certain scenes.
The bottom line: With decent picture quality and great pricing, the Sharp LC-LE640U series makes a strong case for mainstream TV shoppers who want to go bigger.
The Samsung E8000 is the follow-up to last year’s excellent D8000 plasma, and Samsung promises that this model has even better picture quality. Look out for enhanced features such as Smart Interaction with built-in Skypeing and gesture control.
The good: The Samsung PNE8000 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels, accurate colors, superb video processing, and very good 3D. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma TV it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. Its massive feature set includes a touch-pad remote, IR blaster, two pairs of 3D glasses, motion and voice command, and the industry’s most capable Smart TV platform. This Samsung is also one of the best plasma designs around.
The bad: Samsung charges too much for extra features that are largely unnecessary and poorly implemented. Its picture delivers slightly worse shadow detail and bright-room performance than some competitive plasmas, and its maximum light output is somewhat dim.
The bottom line: The expensive Samsung PNE8000 series comes through with stellar picture quality, but its main appeal is to people who crave the latest gadgetry in their plasma TV.
Intel A Player In TV? History Says No
Intel is arguably the most efficient, most advanced manufacturer in the world and one of the most sophisticated companies when it comes to bringing cutting-edge technology to the mass market.
It just isn’t very good at branching out.
The Santa Clara-based chipmakers inability to move into new markets has come up again amid rumors that it is working on services to provide TV programs over the Internet.
“The chip maker envisions the service as a bundle of television channels akin to the packages provided by cable and satellite television providers, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions, who did not want to be identified talking about unannounced company plans. Instead of using the service via a set-top box, consumers would tune in with devices that run on Intel chips,” wrote the New York Times. More