Friday, April 01, 2011

Why Do U.S. Networks Hate (Fear) Al Jazeera?

Might U.S. news organizations be afraid Al Jazeera is offering better coverage of
world news?

One of the fascinating things that has happened since the outbreak of popular revolts
in Tunisia and Egypt was finding out from The New York Times that White House decision makers were getting their news from the Al Jazeera English channel.

Why?
Al Jazeera English, the largest news organization in the world but a pariah
among U.S. networks, was the only one keeping up with breaking events in the Middle
East and Africa. As CNN, which made a similar impact during the first Gulf War,
has cut back its international bureaus, people around the world have turned to Al
Jazeera for a different slant on news not beholden to the American left or right.


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