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Hillary Clinton: Al Jazeera offers ‘real news’

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Steven Nelson
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday that the United States is losing the global “information war.”

“You’ve got a set of global networks, that Al Jazeera has been the leader in, that are literally changing peoples minds and attitudes,” Clinton said, “and like it or hate it, it is really effective.”

“Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news,” Clinton continued. “You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.”

Al Jazeera English live-streamed online video of protests unfolding in Egypt and across the Middle East this year. The rising popularity of the channel, which is not offered by most American cable providers, has led to a concerted campaign by the company to enlist viewers’ assistance in ‘demanding’ it.

Clinton also mentioned the English-language news operations established by Russia and China as evidence that “we are engaged in an information war and we are losing that war.”

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  • robjh1

    “I agree partly with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    During the course of the day you have talking heads on MSBNC, and FOX (some on regular networks wannabe actors) continuous ly. On CNN you have talking heads toward the evening. None of the so called journalist on any station are posed to give straight news without adding their comments. Believe it or not this is what many want to hear. Some want to know the views of those providing the news. If a favorite talking head is removed, some will scream foul play. Their side is being silenced unfairly. What? Think back to the 2000 election when CNN made the call for the President. The next day all woke up to find it not true. Who can forget the election coverage of ’08. More recently the congress woman from Arizona, she started out being seriously injured to being killed to being injured again. They all want the scoop and not checking their facts. American news has become so Pop Cultured until it is hard to tell what is true and what isn’t. I would recommend considerin g the source and have more than one to get a fair and balanced account.

    Fair and Balance once viewed as serious journalism codes of ethics. Now apparently out the door. This all being said, I am not running to the arms of Al Jazeera. They aren’t without bias.”

  • TimMcG74

    “You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock.”

    This is the problem. One cannot agree nor disagree with “real” news. News, by definition, is information, disseminated from an unbiased source. Instead, today’s news is nothing more than propaganda, no matter where it comes from. Essentially, the Secretary of State of the United States just said that the Muslim propaganda machine is better than ours. To say that misses the point is an understatement.

  • spike1120

    And in other Clinton news, Bill has decided to trade Hillary for two cows and one 20 year old maiden.

  • SCGirl

    She has a valid point. The majority of our news media isn’t reporting news. Raw news. The major networks and cable news are mostly commercially driven talking heads (yelling over each other) and lose veiwership because you have to already be well informed in order to even pull the tidbits of real information as it is offered.

    I can easily see where the news outlets in foreign countries that are just live streaming events would be more informative that the drivel presented at the major networks here in the US.

    Hilary’s point is well taken. We need to change the way our news is presented. Less spin, less talking heads and more information

    • I_Walk_Alone

      good point.

      Most US ‘media’ is nothing but “propaganda”… especially the Obama sycophant ‘media’.

  • FREEDOMFIGHTER

    THE ENTIRE OBAMA REGIME IS FALLING OFF THE DEEP END. NEXT HILLARY WILL ENDORSE PRAVDA. THE DISCONTENT IN THIS COUNTRY IS BUILDING LIKE A PRESSURE COOKER, FOOD PRICES, FUEL, UNEMPLOYMENT, LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTION FROM THE PRESIDENT ON DOWN. WAKE UP AMERICA, “WE THE PEOPLE” VOTED FOR CHANGE. LETS DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BRING OUR VOTE OF HOPE TO REALITY, JOIN A TEA PARTY, GO TO A TOWN HALL MEETING, WRITE A LETTER, MAKE A PHONE CALL, WRITE AN E-MAIL, PLEASE DO SOMETHING.

  • Joe Astroturf

    Thanks Hillary tell your boss Obama that. He looks the other way when Fox news reporters are being mugged by his union contributors. Fox eventually will be the only news left and no liberal Muslim Brotherhood loving President (FCC forget about it) will be able to force us to watch the fringe media that no longer reports news as they take our country away. Oh and if you agree with what I just said I’ll write a letter to Obama and ask him to apologize for calling you Annie Oaklie once for what a fool you looked like saying that little girls passing out flowers in Bosnia attacked you with machine gun fire.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo

    Here’s a verse

    When he lost his commie czar it must have knocked off his sox
    theirs actually someone reporting news but its only Fox
    he still has another czar Chavez loving lloyd
    he’s busy trying to make free speech null and void

    Corpsemen in the 57 states as your dying
    Jeff Jones will be laughing so much he’ll be crying
    now you know why they had you read that death book
    don’t you wish you had money like Rangle the crook
    you invested 50 years to safe guard your health care
    Nancy gives it to illegals and thinks that its fare