Letter: Concerns over Al Jazeera/NPR are unwarranted
I am concerned about the constant stream of right-wing/paranoid political missives that appear regularly in the Letters-to-the-Editor section of this newspaper and am writing to implore the reading audience to not remain silent if you disagree with the regular extremist contributors.
And now we have a new correspondent, Mr. Ken Larson, ranting about NPR taking advertising money from Al Jazeera, the Qatar news and broadcast organization "known for circumventing censorship and contributing to the free exchange of information in the Arab world," and the fact that our tax dollars support an organization that does business with "this disgusting new ‘sponsor.’" He wants us to believe that these two things should be mutually exclusive when, in fact, it makes perfect sense.
If NPR received ad support from the Fox Broadcasting Company, would Mr. Larson enjoy his programming? Probably he would and although I abhor Fox News, I certainly don’t care where NPR gets their advertising dollars, be it Fox or Al Jazeera or anywhere in between. It has nothing to do with program enjoyment. So Mr. Larson appears to be emotionally reacting to his bias. It’s only ad money; Al Jazeera is not buying NPR and NPR is not promoting any philosophy.
NPR has always received support with our tax dollars and Mr. Larson seems to be ok with this. Why is he so angry about more ad revenue being sold to support the NPR organization so that it may continue operating because the NPR budget from U.S. government funds has been cut significantly? In order to stay in business, they need money.
We need to move forward and think in terms of the global economic world of the 21st century and leave Lawrence Welk behind. Smithfield Foods is a good example that we in this area can relate to. These business arrangements are becoming the norm, whether we like it or not. They are not a threat to our freedom.
There is also some thinly veiled anti-Muslim sentiment in his letter, which I find disgusting, and anyone open-minded enough to do more research on Al Jazeera will find that there is also some very positive information about them on the web.
Please let’s have more readers of the Gazette-Journal respond to letters that they disagree with. This county is being one-sidedly represented on the opinion page. We need to see letters with positive ideas about what is happening in our country. And don’t be deterred by attacks from people who think you have no right to an opinion because you don’t agree with them!