I'd just like to say... over the past couple days, I've been watching AJE about fifty thousand times more often then I have watched Current TV. My initial suspicions are pretty much correct. It's way better and feels less biased then Current TV and the production values are infinitely better, and the personalities and presentation far more professional.
Overall, if you're a typical ignorant American like myself, you might get the gut feeling that AJE has a liberal POV at least as far as Americans are concerned (who are more right wing then most Western countries on average) but I'd contrast it sharply with Current TV and especially a lot of MSNBC in that while it may feel (or be depending on your ideology) like it has a firm liberal POV, it is far less vociferous and antagonistic then say... your typical MSNBC news analysis show (Tamron Hall, Martin Bashir or Rachel Maddow etc). In fact, it'd be about as liberal as one might consider Shepherd Smith's 'Hard News Hour' on Fox News to be conservative. *pause* Nothing of what I said makes sense... oh well... moving along.
There's a documentary show, Fault Lines, and other shows which do cover interesting stories. One covered the Baltimore Crime scene... which isn't very original and was pretty... by the numbers as documentaries go but another documentary illuminated something I previously had heard nothing about, which was how allegedly Nepali UN Peacekeepers brought a serious cholera epidemic to Haiti. Which definitely goes in line with other stories they covered that others overlooked oftentimes. (such as the after effects of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster or the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant which went under-reported, of course that is countered by the fact that further coverage of those stories could be construed as furthering the interests of Qatari Oil Barons... but hey, that just means they're as honest as everyone else in news media)
The regular news shows (hard news so to speak) is very reminiscent of BBC news programming which makes sense, considering so many BBC World journalists work for AJE and so... I find few faults with it in general though if you're of a Conservative POV, you might be somewhat irked by the mild 'liberal' POV. This won't be improved by the guest list. So far I've seen interviews with Dr. Cornel West, and Wesley Clark and other 'liberal' or 'progressive' guests. We'll see if that gets diversified. I'm relieved by the lack of 'political analysts' 'pollsters' and other useless 'experts' babbling in news bites as well. I've also seen far more elaborate coverage on the occurrences in Afghanistan and Iraq which has largely been missed in US networks. I'm assuming this is due to the balance of time being focused on actual news reporting as opposed to more 'human interest' stories and 'news opinion' or 'talk show' type of news broadcasts.
The main drawback so far is the production values. It's better then Current TV but woefully behind every other Cable Network. Sometimes I get black screens between shows, scrambled signals, and beyond technical difficulties is the presentation by the journalists. A lot of the videos they show (for example a clip of some Fox News Sunday interview) goes uncited as to who is speaking, the video is blurry and the citation of Fox News Sunday is... weird looking and not just with them but when they play other clips as well. Also to a degree that is noticeable and somewhat distracting, I've seen journalists fidgeting with their earpieces or hair when reporting, awkward pauses during news reports, very hard and obvious edits in recorded interviews, extremely awkward pauses in live interviews, some throat clearing, weird banter and occasionally stilted discussions, banter and most of all news reading. Also one of the main news anchors... no joke... had one of his hands underneath the desk during large portions of the newscast. I noticed it anyways and well... the world wonders. :p
EDIT: They shows a side view of the desk... he rests his hand on his knee a lot apparently... or at least he did for that shot.
And the commercials on AJE about how awesome AJE is, are shitty examples of self promotion. Sorry... :p
But hopefully they'll work through all of that.
All in all, AJE seems pretty decent, albeit still a rough product. For National news, the US Cable News Networks might be best and especially things like sports, human interest stories, and a fair bit of financial/business news. For international news though, I choose BBC Middle East... I mean Al Jazeera English.
...Oh, its you. Kythia, I meant "number one for them", I apologize. Taken from
That's a... strong allegation, to put it mildly. But on that note, this is going to go nowhere productive fast, I'm out.
This was in the same post in which I stated of AJE:
from what I've seen of Al Jazeera English Language coverage, it's probably less biased and less left wing reactionary blather then most of Current TV's lineup so it's probably a dramatic improvement when it comes to bias. Added onto that it's a non-US owned or based organization and that means the news will hopefully have a more international flavor since regardless of bias, the current big news media networks naturally have a bias towards focusing on domestic/national issues or international issues as they relate to the United States.
A large amount of their POV will be one of the Qatari and Gulf State elites, which could be good or bad.
Their coverage of the Arab Spring, especially in Egypt, was quite laudable
it's similar with their implicit backing of the Muslim Brotherhood and organizations similar to it, which is analogous to Western media support of Israel and whatnot, so its basically pots calling kettles black.
The main thing is AJE backers generally don't give much of a shit about the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia etc in general, so the reporting could be quite clear, neutral and orthodox which might be nice for a change.
And yet you ignore all of that... and focus on what was obviously an irreverent comment that even if taken literally, would require a stretch to be considered stating AJE is a front of terrorists or whatever your accusing me of. It's almost as if... you were looking for a... discussion.
But I digress...
It was going nowhere, because you refuse to listen. You can't even put up the full quote.
Perhaps a more fair (not really) assessment would be that while Fox News may not be racist, it's number one with racists. Likewise while Al Jazeera isn't terrorist propaganda, it's the number one media organization for them. :p
Even with the single quote you focused on I tried to explain away with my first response which was also ignored.
Hence the parenthetical quote, the dismissive smiley at the end, and the fact I was responding to Retribution in a lighthearted tone.
And my second time explaining it. (also ignored)
The reason I made the quotes was because not too long prior I had seen an amusing O'Reilly segment where O'Reilly was bitching about a Simpsons scene where a Fox News Helicopter had the slogan "Not Racist, But Number One With Racists" on the side and after an accident, the helicopter spun out and the pilot screamed. "You're unbalancing the helicopter. That's not fair!" before he crashed and burned.
I thought it would be an amusing reversal.
I WAS WRONG.