About a year ago someone asked me over at Minds.com why I posted news stories from RT. As you probably know RT is a Russian news agency that has several former U.S. newspeople/commentators in its employ. Frankly, I found the question absurd. Well maybe if American news media wasn’t so obsessed about their part in the attempted coup d’etat against the President they might have reported some real news but since they were I had to rely on other sources. Which is partially true. The other part is that I am a fan. But to be questioned about why I used any source in my postings was offensive to me on a patriotic level. Heck if The Huffington Post or even David Duke writes a good a story I’ll post that too.
Remember the Gulf War? During that time I spot (day) traded in currencies and timely information was crucial. There is a running joke among investors and brokers alike about The Wall Street Journal always being a day late and a dollar short. The Financial Times is no different and quite frankly anything you see on T.V. has to be taken with a grain of salt. I needed good quality information on a timely basis about what was happening on the ground during that war because every little change on the ground often resulted in changes in the value of currencies. You had to know the truth and the propaganda in such a volatile market.
The most reliable source of information about what was going on in the middle east was Al Jazeera. There wasn’t even a close second so their information held a lot of weight in how I placed my bets for the day. Al Jazeera was just a pup back then, wanting to grow into a big dog and delivering big dog things. They even tried to buy a TV station here in North America but the media, desperate to maintain their control over the news Americans and Canadians were able to see all goosestepped to the beat of the evil Arabs. Censorship was promoted by western media and various governments to keep Al Jazeera out. We were scared out of our minds because of the mighty pen. What a pussy move.
Today everyone is surprised at all this censorship and calls for more but I was one of the few voices on the internet that called foul when Al Jazeera was denied access to one of the largest markets in the world. The rest of the conservative sites I followed screamed: “Burn the witch.”
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The problem with freedom of expression is that you only get to have some when it is convenient. When it is not convenient your peaceful expressions of freedom themselves can be labeled as violent and you might end up in jail, blackballed or sued into poverty over them. That’s pretty messed up.
As for Al Jazeera, there were no tears shed for expression. No tears shed for freedom. And it makes it really hard for me right now to feel any sympathy at all for people who are being censored today who didn’t speak up for Al Jazeera several years ago. I don’t know what their TV station would have looked like and I don’t care. Let the market decide not a bunch of idiots who clearly do not understand the concept of freedom.
No one paid any attention when the seed of censorship was planted and by the time anyone cared it grew and grew until suddenly ….. no one and nothing can be trusted anymore. Kinda sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? If people don’t start paying attention and learning why the Constitution was written the way it was, it will become freedom and liberty that will become the fairy tales. Assuming, of course, they aren’t already.
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