Shoot the messenger?

I've read with interest the recent letters pertaining to the airing of al-Jazeera English on Buckeye Cable. I am especially amused b
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

I've read with interest the recent letters pertaining to the airing of al-Jazeera English on Buckeye Cable. I am especially amused by the ones that seem to believe that being exposed to information or other ideas is somehow bad for us and our society. I wonder how many of these letter writers understandal-Jazeera English is a very recent addition to the world news "scene". Al-Jazeera English has a completely different staff and news team than that of Al-Jazeera Arab. The main anchor for them is a former NBC Nightline anchor. When this network started they hired many journalists away from American and British news outlets. There are more than one billion non-Arab speaking Muslims in our world.

I urge all people who oppose this addition to BuckeyeCable to watch a Frontline documentary, "News Wars: Stories from a Small Planet," on PBS that originally aired March 27. It is a very in-depth look at how news is reported in the Middle East and worldwide.

Whenever information is deemed not worthy or dangerous for me to watch, I have to question who makes that decision for me? Should anyone?

In this documentary, a U.S. armed forces officer who deals with the media in the Middle East is asked about the controversy in our country about the airing of Al-Jazeera English and he thinks its "totally ludicrous." I have to agree.

Knowledge and information will lead to bringing our world together. I'm sure there are many Muslims who question Al-Jazeera Arab just as there are many Americans who question Fox News. Al-Jazeera English could be a way to bring moderate Muslims to see our point of view and give American viewers a different viewpoint. I'm sure there are many Americans who would not suffer from a different point of view than what we see on American news.

Mike Belkofer

Vickery