posted on May, 3 2013 @ 04:23 AM
reply to post by NightFlight
I assume you're asking that in sincere curiosity and not combativeness. A lot of the latter going around lately ..and frankly. with all I'm dealing
with in the real world at the moment, (School finals only being a small part, truth be known), I'm just too exhausted mentally and emotionally to put
up a proper fight on much of anything right now.
In the spirit of being helpful though, I'd note I put some time into answering this for myself not that long ago on both PressTV and Russia Today.
They're both State owned media organizations by their respective Governments. Just like Voice of America is owned and controlled (tho they won't
admit the control on many days) by the U.S. Government.
As part of the United States expansive new sanctions against Iran, North American cable networks have pulled the plug on the country's state-run,
English-language news network Press TV.
Calling the move a "flagrant violation of freedom of speech," Press TV announced Saturday that they had been dropped from the Galaxy 19 satellite
platform which had previously broadcast the channel in the United States and Canada.
New sanctions announced by the US Treasury Department this week blacklisted Iran's state-run television network, the Islamic Republic of Iran
Broadcasting (IRIB), as well as its director, Ezatollah Zarghami.
IRIB owns it, lock stock and microphone.
–The Franco-Israeli head of Eutelsat, Michel de Rosen, has begun a new wave of attacks against Iranian TV channels.
In a letter to Asian and European satellite companies, de Rosen has threatened the companies to drop Iranian entertainment and news channels.
In the letter obtained by Press TV, the Franco-Israeli Eutelsat chief has warned satellite companies to remove Iranian channels or prepare to face the
consequences of defying his
and I figure, given the atmosphere here lately, it never hurts to go that extra mile (or source) to be thorough, eh?
In fits and starts, Iran this month entered the business of providing 24-hour English-language satellite television news programming, competing in
a field that includes BBC World, CNN International, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Al Jazeera International and France 24.
The government aims to use Press TV to counter what it sees as a steady stream of Western propaganda against Iran as well as offer an alternative view
of world news.
There is nothing inherently wrong with Iran having a state run news service, outright. Any more than there is anything wrong with Russia running RT
through a larger Media organization it does directly possess in an open way. Neither necessarily says they are dishonest or deceitful. It just speaks
to a very definite built in bias along the same lines as Fox is leaning about 90 degrees to the right, while MSNBC leans about 90 degrees to the left.
In the case of this thread, it just kinda surprised me, given the who and what, in context.