There is a strange wind blowing through the world these days.
Changing and rearranging structures which have stood throughout all of our lives.
Will some of our most cherished American values be swept up and stuffed under the rug in this great global house cleaning?
Some disturbing bits of info are leading me to think so...but before I get into it, let's take a little flashback.
While We Were Sleeping
It was the summer of 2004, jobs and dollars were freely flowing and I was dating a hot little newspaper intern in New York. She was a few weeks out of college and still believed real life was like her college campus.
Beneath her pretty girl exterior beat the heart of a thousand Birkenstock sandals, many a tree left un hugged and a train of thought which would have made Michael Moore skip a cheeseburger infusion or two.
Talking to her and not offending her was nearly impossible. Everything hurt her feelings. People were mean. Why couldn't we all be brothers and sisters?
She thought the New York Times was the fucking gospel and the New Yorker the lifeblood of Americana. Fifth Avenue was the world and SoHo was all that mattered.
The straw that broke the camel toe was when I told her:
You can trust the New York Times about as much as you can trust Al Jazeera to report the truth.
This was back when the Jayson Blair affair was still relatively fresh news.
She'd never heard of Blair but was deeply offended by the comparison, nonetheless.
Al Jazeera was, at this time, the largest anti-American mouthpiece in the world.
Whether you wanted to say they were financed by Hezbollah or the Ayatollah, you definitely would have been right in calling them a partisan propaganda machine with little journalistic integrity beyond the agenda of their financiers.
Fast forward not even a full decade and its Al Jazeera winning accolades the world over for their coverage of the recent MENA unrest and quickly burgeoning reputation as a righteous global news source.
Hey, when Muammar Gaddafi calls you the biggest enemy,that's a pretty big compliment for a democratic journalistic organization.
For those of you guys still believing that CNN is where the world looks to for information...times sure have changed quickly.
When We Awoke
In her recent defense of the bloated budget, Hillary Clinton gave backhanded praise to Al Jazeera, as well as, Russia Today and CCTV... ominously stating the following:
Our private media cannot fill that gap. Al Jazeera is winning. The Chinese have opened up a global English language and multi-language television network, the Russians have opened up an English language network. I've seen it in a couple of countries and it's quite instructive.
Scary stuff for those that can put two and two together outside of ancell.
The United States Secretary of State is actually saying that America needs less freedom of the press.
This in the wake of: the financial crisis, the flash crash, the Nasdaq andhacks, etc...
Do we really want to have the government deciding which of these bits of information are worth our time?
Is Al Jazeera or Putinvision really what we need to model ourselves on?
With information becoming more and more of a weapon; how high of a price would you pay to stay best armed?
Is freedom of speech and the freedom of the press something that we will have to learn to live without?
For the sake of... the greater good?
If America's goal is to spread democracy,why are we seeing more of our liberties under attack...by our own government, right here at home?
Who would have thought that the U.S. would be looking to Al Jazeera for answers...