Commentary By: Gordon King
I find it interesting that much of what we first see on television and in the movies, happens in real life. They may not be actual events which take place, but often include ideas or lifestyles.
For instance movies about the United States government taking control over the population, taking away civil liberties and the right to bear arms. While this has not happened yet, it is in the making as we speak.
‘Your government is acting in open, undeclared, but blatant treason’
An online radio host is sounding the alarm over a brand-new law he claims grants the federal government massive new powers to saturate Americans with domestic propaganda at U.S. taxpayer expense.
“This law allows the federal government to have sweeping power to push television, radio, newspaper and social-media propaganda onto the U.S. public,” warns Michael Evans of America’s Voice Now.
“It removes protection for Americans from the ideological diarrhea that will pour forth from this administration like ejected vomit.”
Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 12:55 PM
Al Jazeera, the cable news network owned by the government of Qatar, has big plans for its American operation despite being criticized by the U.S. government for airing videos from Osama bin Laden.
Bob Wheelock, the former ABC executive in charge of setting it up, believes times have changed and so has Al Jazeera’s image.
“Imagine six or seven years ago, trying to find real estate for Al Jazeera in Washington. I’m sure it wasn’t easy,” he told USA Today. Now, he said, “We’re going to have signage, you know, just like CBS, ABC, CNN, NBC, just like everybody else. We’re psyched.”
Al Jazeera spent $500 million last year to buy Current TV — which can be seen on cable channels in 41 million homes — from former Vice President Al Gore and other investors. Cable operators have the option of dropping Al Jazeera, which Time Warner has suggested it might do.
Al Jazeera English, which launched in 2006, has until now been available on just a few cable systems or online. It has won numerous awards, however, for its international news — especially its coverage of the Arab Spring — and received praise from some in Washington, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“We hope to bring international news and more in-depth storytelling for the viewers,” said Wheelock. “There’s an appetite for news from elsewhere and for the documentaries we do and the type of coverage we do.”
Al Jazeera America plans to increase its staff of 13 to some 200 people across the country. It is building a new broadcast center in Washington, expanding its space at the UN in New York, and setting up bureaus in Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco and five other cities.
The network recently posted job listings for more than 100 reporters, producers, videographers, and online writers and received thousands of applications.
Al Jazeera will face an already crowded field of cable news providers, competing with American channels, including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and global networks such as BBC World News, Russia Today, France 24 and CCTV.
The Disney Channel has disgusted gay activists by “failing” to have “out gay characters” on its programming for children. But right now, the gays are thrilled by the channel’s ad campaign “Make Your Mark” for featuring a 14-year-old named Ben, an aspiring filmmaker who made a film against bullying and “happens to have two moms.”
At AfterElton.com, blogger Ed Kennedy was glowing. “At the 0:12 mark, when he’s showing us a bit about his life, he shows us his moms. Plural, with their arms around each other. It’s the briefest of moments in a remarkable enough story, but it stopped me cold.” (Video below)
“It’s such a small moment, but it was powerful to me, and I have a feeling it speaks volumes to kids with two moms or kids with two dads. What’s even more remarkable is that the video is airing during the dinner hour, and has been since early November, and [the American Family Association’s] One Million Moms hasn’t made a squeak,” Kennedy reported.
“We tried to get Nickelodeon and Disney to open up about why they have no openly gay teens on their programs back in 2010, and basically met a stone wall. They didn’t even understand the question. And while this isn’t a gay kid, it’s one of the few instances outside of Degrassi that Disney Channel or Nickelodeon has shown that gay people exist in the world.”
As MRC founder Brent Bozell has explained,
TeenNick’s grope opera “Degrassi” has had eight gay characters and is now normalizing “Adam,” a female-to-male transgender teen. Co-creator Linda Schuyler proclaimed, “People are realizing that the lines of sexuality are not just drawn between gay guys and lesbian girls, but there is a sliding scale of sexuality, and that’s something new.”
No one should be surprised that [Jennifer] Armstrong [of Entertainment Weekly] and her GLAAD allies are also pushing to take the pro-gay message to grade-schoolers. Armstrong complained gay characters are “entirely absent from mainstream sitcoms and tween networks like Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.” Disney Channel issued the magazine a vague statement about their “responsibility to present age-appropriate programming for millions of kids age 6-14 around the world.”
“Age-appropriate” is not a term these activists recognize.
They were disgusted when Disney executive Gary Marsh said in 2008, “There have been characters on Disney Channel who I think people have thought were gay. That’s for the audience to interpret.” The activists want Disney to lead the way toward “LGBT” acceptance among the grade-school set.