Al Jazeera gets a gold star!

A Point of View, Egypt, Politics | | February 3, 2011 at 11:05

In the past I have been down on Al Jazeera. I admit I was wrong. In fact, I’d like to give them a gold star. My experience with the 24hr news station from Qatar had been limited to the Arabic version viewed while in the Middle East and a few years back. The crisis in Egypt, and the particularly poor coverage by the American press during the early days, sent me to Al Jazeera English on the internet to find out what was really going on. I have been impressed all around, but especially with the intelligent interviews with persons who really understand that part of the world. No wonder the Egyptian government so fears them that Mubarak shut them down.

Yes, I do believe they are biased and do not have the distance that BBC seems to have. I do not agree with everything that is said. Sometimes it is unpleasant to hear painful and differing points of view. At least the English version is delivered without the hysteria I hear on American TV.

I want to apologize for making the comparison of Fox News and Al Jazeera. There is really no comparison. One is show business and the other is news. I don’t think I need to clarify which is which.

I also want to complement Rachel Maddow of MSNBC for also looking to Al Jazeera for some more kernels of truth.

to watch Al Jazeera online free 24 hrs a day go to: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

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