While you may, of course, be completely right about your worries here, I offer another case for your examination.
China, as you know, has a difficult human rights record, and there are many reasons for wishing to have nothing to do with them. I confess that I think that some sort of interaction with them is probably the best course. That is not necessarily a Liberal position, since it was held by both Nixon and Kissinger and Reagan and Bush I and presumably by the current Bush II. You may disapprove with reasons all of us should consider honorable, whether we agree in the long run or not.
I would point out to you, however, that when it came time for China to get world wide new service, it opened the field to bidders internationally and the folks who won were the Folks at Sky News. Sky News now supplies the majority of TV programming for China, and you can bet that the programming complies with what the Chinese government feels is appropriate content. I don't know if you approve or not. Should you have the same feelings you have voiced for what you believe Google may be doing — it's not clear to me, by the way, that they are, at this point — but it's good to see you upset about such an issue.
Sky news, you will be pleased to know, is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox and Fox news.
My question for you is, having thrown google under the bus for reasons that appear to me to be founded on rumor and misunderstanding, what will you do with Fox News for co-operating with the Chinese, too? The deal between Murdoch and China is right out in the open, for all to see.
For myself, I see it as pretty much what I'd expect from Murdoch, who's first and foremost a businessman concerned with doing business and giving the market what he thinks they'll buy, though his preference is for far right wing stuff. I don't see him doing anything particularly far out with his deal with China, though there are things I'd like to see changed there. But what, Denise, about you?
As far as Murdoch and Fox and their censorship of our news here, and the views that they offer us of the world, and how accurate they may be, Did you think they would stop with China?
Sincerely, Bob Kaven