First, there's the setup:
Al-Jazeera English gets CRTC approval
Al-Jazeera English, the English-language service of the Qatar-based broadcaster, has been approved for distribution via satellite in Canada.
Of course, you first have to assuage the concerns of the right people:
The Canadian Jewish Congress and B'nai Brith Canada had expressed concerns about how balanced Al-Jazeera's reporting would be, but they neither opposed nor supported the application. The Jewish organizations instead urged vigilance in case the news service engages in Holocaust denial or other anti-Semitic statements.
The CJC also urged the CRTC to ensure Al-Jazeera English remains independent from its Arabic-language counterpart.
Good thinking. It's important to let the CRTC know that you're not a big fan of people saying things you don't like. That's getting dangerously close to free speech and journalistic independence and, God knows, we can't have that setting an ugly trend.
And who's this?
A group called Honest Reporting Canada cited two examples of Al-Jazeera English's journalism that it said did not meet Canadian standards of accuracy and balance, but it did not officially oppose the application.
"Honest Reporting Canada?" What's that all about? Oh:
Yeah, they're going to be a fountain of unbiased, objective information.
In other news, Canada's Blogging Tories vowed to tear themselves away from Fox News every so often to make sure Al-Jazeera isn't pulling anything funny.