C. D. Book

Al Jazeera: Real News?

In Media, Politics, Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

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Hillary Clinton recently praised the Al Jazeera  news network for offering   “real news” to its viewers as opposed to the excess commercials,  arguments between talking heads and  lack of  content offered by US media outlets. At the time I couldn’t  have agreed with her more: the AJE live blogs regarding the disasters in Japan and the ongoing revolutions in the Middle East and Libya are timely and informative. The in-depth reports and analyses are mostly well written and provide a perspective one doesn’t get when exposed to Western media alone.

Recently however AJE has published and featured at the top of their home page opinion pieces that pander to anti-Western sentiment. These “analyses” aren’t informative or well-written; instead one pictures the authors sitting before their keyboards mulling possible topics that would appeal to the West bashing crowd. Since AJE viewership and web hits are most likely enjoying a surge due to world events a legitimate question would be: Did AJE procure these opinion pieces?

Of course Al Jazeera doesn’t want to offend Western viewers or readers too much since they are currently campaigning for and asking Westerners to appeal to their cable TV providers to carry AJE. 

While reading these “analyses” I imagine that the authors view the West as homogeneous; we are all overzealous, hypocrites, arrogant, imperialists and colonists.

And no the West doesn’t deserve to be stereotyped just as the Middle East, Muslims and Islam don’t deserve the assaults leveled almost daily from some Westerners. It is ironic that AJE publishes opinion pieces depicting the West as a homogeneous entity yet describes the revolutions in the Middle East and Libya as popular uprisings. Behind the governments of Tunisia, Egypt. Yemen, Bahrain and Libya are people tired of the status quo; they are individuals who don’t agree with their rulers. The same can be said for the West including the United States: we the people don’t always stand behind our government.

Links:

West overzealous on Libya

Published the day of the UN vote to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst discusses the pros and con of  “Western intervention”. Wow! The man can’t even wait to see what happens before questioning motives.

America’s Saudi air war

That the author chose the title of this article to inflame and pander is evident after reading. The title and the content have no relationship. The piece concerns the plan to train Saudi pilots in Idaho. In the author’s opinion,  congressmen from that state are hypocrites when they support the pilot training program yet were vocal opponents of building the so-called “ground zero mosque” in New York.   The perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were Saudi and the pilots – who will be trained on American soil – are Saudi as well. Huh? The premise of this piece is not logical: everyone should realize that not all Saudis are terrorists. And where is the “war” mentioned in the title?

The globalisation of revolution

This author is dripping and foaming with ani-western resentment.  The article’s borderline racist tone should be unacceptable to any reputable news service. The author believes that the West has taken credit for the revolution in Egypt due to our invention of the internet and social networking web sites.  Quote:

Most narratives of globalisation are fantastically Eurocentric, stories of Western white men burdened with responsibility for interconnecting the world, by colonising it, providing it with economic theories and finance, and inventing communications technologies.

(Westerners are homogenous: we are all “white men” with the same goals).  While there have been quite a few articles detailing the usefulness of Facebook and Twitter with the organization and communication of the Egypt revolution certainly any reasonably intelligent person realizes actual humans *make* a revolution.

copyright 2011 XtraOpinion C.D. Book

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