Abu Dhabi newspaper doubts Senate approval of "terror TV bill."
Posted: 25 Feb 2010
"To become law, [H.R. 2278] requires the approval of the US senate and the signature of the president. It is likely that enough senators will understand the hypocrisy of preventing broadcasts from the Arab world from entering American homes. Speeches about press freedom delivered by the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the US president Barack Obama should make this all the more clear. ... Arab media is developing into a more important driver of the region’s progress every day. An airing of respectful disagreement with the policies of governments in the region and abroad is part of that development. For this media landscape to mature we might remember the advice of the American journalist Edward R Murrow: 'We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty ... We will not walk in fear, one of another.'" Editorial, The National (Abu Dhabi), 22 February 2010.
Guest on Al Jazeera Arabic talk show: "[I]f you were to talk about the language of hate, then you have to be start by applying that same principle to yourself. We haven’t heard any condemnation from Congress; we haven’t heard any party, even the Republican Party, when one of its members Tom Tancrado presented himself as a candidate… the Republican Party did not expel him or even ask him to apologize. In truth, these matters are a problem in Congress, and another problem in the U.S. is the media. And not just Fox News, radio stations in the U.S. transmit on a regular basis distasteful talk that is hostile to Muslims, and incites violence against Muslims. You have to listen to, not only to Glenn Beck on Fox News, but also the Levin Show and other programs on the radio that are spread in the entire country and millions listen to them. So, if Congress is interested in the issue of the language of inciting hatred, then it has to start on working on this issue inside the U.S." Via Mosaic News, Link TV, 23 February 2010. See previous post about same subject.
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