Back when I was a Radioman in the United States Coast Guard, complete with a Top Secret Security Clearance, I use to listen to "Radio Free Moscow."
This was back when Reagan was President, Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of England, MTV played Music Videos, and Michael Jackson was still Black.
The Berlin wall still existed, and threat of the Global Nuclear Annihilation was something that everyone thought about everyday.
Listening to English speaking broadcasts from the Communists Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, was akin to listening to Radio Hanoi, or Tokyo Rose.
Then, like now, anything that doesn't "support the American narrative" is considered "propaganda."
What many then, and now view as "propaganda" actually has some truth in what they're saying.
The propaganda within the protected First Amendment Rights of America is that Al Jazeera is a Muslim News Organization, and Muslims are our mortal enemies, and since Al Jazeera is Muslim, there must be something wrong with them.
I say Nah!
They provide a perspective that most Americans aren't use to hearing, or who've been encouraged to NOT listen to.
And a perspective that some don't want us to hear.
And therefore we should protect ourselves and others from whatever perspective they might have to share.
As an American I've always been interested in how my fellow inhabitants on this planet view Americans; our culture, our politics, and our "democracy."
It never means that I have to agree with their perspective, or even like what they have to share.
But I've found it enlightening.
And sometimes they've been able to point out certain truths that we either refused to see, or as clear as the nose on our own face, but couldn't see without a mirror.
If our Republic is so fragile to allow criticism, opposing perspectives, and differing views then those who are opposed have less faith in what it means to be an American than I do.