Al Jazeera reception less than Golden in Colorado

By Reuters Staff
August 28, 2008

DENVER – The English-language channel of the Arabic news network Al Jazeera is getting a Colorado reception as frosty as a cold Coors Light.

coors.jpgAl Jazeera English is broadcasting from Golden, Colo., home of the Coors Brewing Company , as part of its coverage of the Democratic National Convention, as well as from the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field.

The broadcasts from small-town Colorado are intended to show their international audience a slice of Americana, according to political program editor Julian Ingle. Only one satellite provider and a handful of cable companies carry Al Jazeera English in the United States, but the network is available in 120 million homes in 80 countries.

“We’re doing something that no international network has done before,” Ingle said.

But residents of Golden weren’t quite as happy with their visitors. A handful said welcoming the station, known for airing Osama bin Laden’s video messages, was offensive to U.S. veterans.

“It’s a wrong association, it’s a misconception,” Ingle said, pointing out that many major media outlets broadcast bin Laden’s messages.

A recent Golden city council meeting drew about twenty people who discussed Al Jazeera English’s coverage.

“It was pretty fairly balanced across the board, people in favor of them coming and people who weren’t,” said Golden communications manager Sabrina D’Agosta.

In the end, the council did not ask the station to change its plans. “It is not for government to tell them that they can’t come, for us to deny them of their constitutional rights,” D’Agosta said.

But critics did win another battle: Golden City Manager Mike Bestor withdrew an invitation for the network to broadcast from his backyard barbecue.

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– Reporting by Shannon Bond and Beth Marlowe, recent graduates of the Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, who are interning for Reuters at the Democratic National Convetion.

Photo: A tourist listens to a tour guide speak about beer at the Coors brewery in Golden, Colorado October 16, 2007. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CHANNEL OF THE “ARABIC” NEWS NETWORK “AL JAZEERA” IS BROADCASTING FROM GOLDEN, COLO., home of the Coors Brewing Company , as part of its coverage of the Democratic National Convention, as well as from the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field.

The broadcasts from small-town Colorado are intended to show their international audience a slice of Americana, according to political program editor Julian Ingle. Only one satellite provider and a handful of cable companies carry Al Jazeera English in the United States, BUT THE NETWORK IS AVAILABLE IN 120 MILLION HOMES IN 80 COUNTRIES.

Did anyone read Maureen Dowd’s article recently? This is a person I’ve never really cared for; however, when she reported that “Millions and Tens of Millions of dollars” have gone to Obama from very QUESTIONABLE SOURCES in Saudi Arabia, IRAN, Syria, Libya, and millions of Muslims around the world, I had to pay attention.

THE OBAMA CAMP’S RESPONSE WAS THEY ARE TOO BUSY TO CHECK WHERE THE MONEY IS COMING FROM — Every Muslim around the world is cheering for Obama — wonder WHY???

Is Obama a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

Think before you vote!

Posted by OBAMA-bin-BIDEN! HA! | Report as abusive

Hey “OBAMA-bin-BIDEN! HA!,”

If YOU actually believe what you wrote, I have some great ocean-front property in Colorado that you will undoubtedly be interested in purchasing… plenty of beach-front properties for your friends too! People like “OBAMA-bin-BIDEN! HA!,” feel that all Mid-East Muslims want to kill them and all other Americans, which is actually ironic because the have kindred idiots (like a weird sister city) that think all Christian Americans want to kill Mid-East Muslims.

Like it or not, Al Jazeera English provides one of the few glimpses into American culture to primarily majority Muslim nations. Golden, Colo. probably wasn’t the best choice, but at least they showed up.

I say this Al Jazeera English venture was a good idea in principle. The more we understand each other and our cultures, the more idiots like this piece of work that wrote about donations will be educated and not so scared.

Posted by Larry the Internet Guy | Report as abusive

Does anyone actually think Obama is going to provide us with his Marxist ideology while trying to get elected. If so then I have some ocean front property—

Posted by d tyler | Report as abusive

i’m muslim. i’m voting for obama. i am american. i don’t want to kill anyone. i don’t hate anyone – but why do so many people hate me? it’s not like i blame conservative christians for hitler, moussilini, apartheid, slavery, rodney king, my ridiculously high property taxes, son of sam.

once america comes to terms with its racism then we can move foward to joining the civilized world.

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