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July 25, 2006

Fascinating Middle East News Coverage

-- by Dave Johnson

I'm not sure how many people are aware of the LinkTV network. (You might have seen their coverage of YearlyKos.) LinkTV is available if you have satellite, like DirecTV and Dish -- but you can also visit them online. Over at LinkTV there is a show called Mosaic, with some great Middle East news coverage offering perspectives you can not get from American corporate TV. You can watch the stream of last night's Mosaic, with translated clips from Lebanese, Israeli, UAE, Al Jazeera, Algeria, Iranian and Gaza news broadcasts covering the fighting going on. It is fascinating to get these viewpoints and coverage of events so important to all of us and to the entire world. You can always watch archives of Mosaic at this page.

Recently there have been two extended coverage specials, and another extended coverage special tomorrow. highlight clips from the specials are available here.

From LinkTV:

Mosaic Special Report: Insight into the Middle East. This live call-in special showcases Link TV’s team of journalists and Middle East experts answering your questions and e-mails about what’s really happening in the current crisis. Wednesday’s program will be aired at 7 to 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) and 10 to 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on DIRECTV ch. 375 and DISH ch. 9410. The program will be followed by Link TV’s Peabody Award-winning original program Mosaic, which draws on reports from 28 Middle Eastern news broadcasts to provide context, analysis and a look at the stories you never see on American TV.

To watch the first evening of our extended Middle Eastern coverage, Mosaic Special Report: Insight into the Middle East from July 20, 2006, click here.

Daily episodes of Mosaic are available at no cost online.

Link TV is also offering a special emphasis on the Mideast throughout our daily schedule, including a rotation of reports and documentaries such as Me and the Mosque, Occupied Minds and International Dateline: An Eye For An Eye, which features a report from Dateline’s Thom Cookes from the city of Haifa and his on-the-spot assessment of why things have gone the way they have.

There's also a new Mosaic blog.

(Disclosure - I am doing some unpaid consulting with LinkTV.)

Posted by Dave Johnson at July 25, 2006 4:49 PM

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I have to plug FSTV once again. We get both Link and FSTV (free speech television) on Dish network and consider FSTV to be a bit superior in terms of political coverage. Both are excellent, but FSTV seems to be more focused on politics, LINK ranges more into art and culture, not a strike against it but in this forum, it seems a worthwhile distinction to make.

I'd recommend dropping Direct and getting Dish.

BTW, I noticed the sub-title of this blog has changed to "A web magazine investigating how the Right is beating the Dems."
I think ever since the Dems have moved to the center, they lost the use of their fist. I have suspected that Repigs are jumping ship disingenuously, running as Dems and just staying in their seats once elected letting their corporate brothers do the dirty work. It's either that or there's a big file somewhere in Karl's room over-stuffed with of photos of Dems and pageboys, Dems and interns, Dems and Jeff Gannon, etc... doing the nasty.
There seems to me to be about 5 or 6 honest elected Dems, and that's all.
Other than the media reform we'll never see, election and campaign finance reform are the next most important issues we'll not see addressed properly. That and maybe health care and the environment, and, and and and....
democracy deficit anyone?

Posted by: The Cosmic Fluke [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2006 7:23 AM

I have to plug FSTV once again. We get both Link and FSTV (free speech television) on Dish network and consider FSTV to be a bit superior in terms of political coverage. Both are excellent, but FSTV seems to be more focused on politics, LINK ranges more into art and culture, not a strike against it but in this forum, it seems a worthwhile distinction to make.

I'd recommend dropping Direct and getting Dish.

BTW, I noticed the sub-title of this blog has changed to "A web magazine investigating how the Right is beating the Dems."
I think ever since the Dems have moved to the center, they lost the use of their fist. I have suspected that Repigs are jumping ship disingenuously, running as Dems and just staying in their seats once elected letting their corporate brothers do the dirty work. It's either that or there's a big file somewhere in Karl's room over-stuffed with of photos of Dems and pageboys, Dems and interns, Dems and Jeff Gannon, etc... doing the nasty.
There seems to me to be about 5 or 6 honest elected Dems, and that's all.
Other than the media reform we'll never see, election and campaign finance reform are the next most important issues we'll not see addressed properly. That and maybe health care and the environment, and, and and and....
democracy deficit anyone?

Posted by: The Cosmic Fluke [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2006 7:23 AM

I have to plug FSTV once again. We get both Link and FSTV (free speech television) on Dish network and consider FSTV to be a bit superior in terms of political coverage. Both are excellent, but FSTV seems to be more focused on politics, LINK ranges more into art and culture, not a strike against it but in this forum, it seems a worthwhile distinction to make.

I'd recommend dropping Direct and getting Dish.

BTW, I noticed the sub-title of this blog has changed to "A web magazine investigating how the Right is beating the Dems."
I think ever since the Dems have moved to the center, they lost the use of their fist. I have suspected that Repigs are jumping ship disingenuously, running as Dems and just staying in their seats once elected letting their corporate brothers do the dirty work. It's either that or there's a big file somewhere in Karl's room over-stuffed with of photos of Dems and pageboys, Dems and interns, Dems and Jeff Gannon, etc... doing the nasty.
There seems to me to be about 5 or 6 honest elected Dems, and that's all.
Other than the media reform we'll never see, election and campaign finance reform are the next most important issues we'll not see addressed properly. That and maybe health care and the environment, and, and and and....
democracy deficit anyone?

Posted by: The Cosmic Fluke [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2006 7:23 AM

wowza! sorry about the three copies there...the servers must have been jammed...I had problems submitting it, I hate it when that happens.
since I'm here, regarding the Dems is really Repigs conspiracy, I noticed this tendency to jump parties started around the time Newt stepped down as speaker of the house in, um, 98?
I really believe it's a legitimate strategy of the fight dirty party, and I'd love to hear some kind of confirmation of it...kinda like I'd love to hear another theory of mine that I've spouted since the late 80s confirmed, that Michael Jackson is a castrati....
then again, I'm the kind of wacko that thinks Cheney and Co were behind the 9/11 attacks, so don't take me too seriously...

Posted by: The Cosmic Fluke [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2006 7:29 AM

Since I broke the ice with the FSTV plug this morning, I might as well go on to recommend a most excellent show featured on it: Liberty News TV
http://www.libertynewstv.com/

the program is just wonderful, and you can stream episodes from their website, I can't recommend it strongly enough (obviously).

Perhaps Direct TV customers should petition Direct TV to pick up FSTV. As I've said, I consider the political content to be far superior.
They seem to have shows that focus more on national issues, where LINK tends to focus on international issues...

check out an episode of Liberty News, they're very entertaining and well done.

Posted by: The Cosmic Fluke [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2006 12:27 PM

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