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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Killer TV, ehh,TV to die for,err, or something clever like that!

Hezbollah has a satalite TV station called "Al Manar", and they are apprently crying foul that the station US service provider decided to unplug it. The station, which has the lovely nickname "The suicide channel", has a very nice editorial philosophy:"We're not looking to interview [Ariel] Sharon," Al-Manar news director Hassan Fadlallah said, "We want to get close to him in order to kill him." Wow, and Fox news is biased? Hey, at least the Fox news people don't actually want Liberals dead (with the exception of Sean Hannity of course)!

And the funny thing is, some people are outraged and calling this censorship! Even though their programming is, well, as Jack Shafer put it, kinda on the "ugly" side:
The station routinely folds anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-American messages into its kid shows, game shows, dramas, and news programs. Propaganda videos set to jihadist songs, which make up about 25 percent of Al-Manar's programming day, venerate suicide bombers as martyrs; call for the obliteration of Israel and the death of the United States; exhort Palestinians to violently overthrow their racist "oppressors"; and portray Israelis as baby-slaughtering terrorists. An Al-Manar public service message tells families of suicide bombers where to go to collect the "subsidy" from a martyrs' "foundation." Another solicits donations to finance the violent liberation of Palestine.
Yes, we should not censor that at all. I can't wait for their new show line-up. I hear "Who wants to be a martyr?" is gonna be great, and I hear they have a really hardcore version of "Fear Factor"! And can you just imagine their Reality TV shows? Sigh... I give up!


At 12/30/2004 07:26:00 AM, Blogger raptor said...

Welcome to the blogworld,you are now in my favorites list.This will be one of the places I visit daily.If you get a chance stop by rantburg.com and say hello.

At 12/30/2004 08:55:00 AM, Blogger Jeffrey said...


Man, you're smoking! Great blog! My head rotated around three times like Linda Blair in Exorcist after reading your last post!

I've linked to your blog at Iraqi Bloggers Central. I'm sending over some new readers right now.


At 12/30/2004 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Mike SC USA said...

"And can you just imagine their Reality TV shows?Unfortunately I don't have to, I see them on the nightly news and posted on the internet.

You forgot the educational side too. Like "How to Make a Bomb" or "Sixteen Ways to Go to Heaven"

Terrific blob, BTW. Are there more of you out there? I hope so! Maybe you can enlighten us on why Middle Easterner’s seemingly live for conspiracy theories? And you were in Boston on 9/11?

At 12/30/2004 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed (and was impressed by) your posts so far. I do have one question: How did you spend 5 years in Massachusetts and retain your sanity? Did you have any opportunities to visit the United States, or were you stuck in the Peoples Socialist Republic for all that time?


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