If you’ve been reading my material, I think you know that I am
not too impressed by the mainstream news channels. Increasingly,
we see news as entertainment, and the notion of news “stories”
being just that; stories FIRST – stories that fascinate,
intrigue, titillate, and arouse curiosity – and news only as a
poor second. Competition between channels increasingly brings the
entertainment element to the fore, and truthful reporting to the
Well, I am happy to say that all that has finally changed for the
There IS a channel that I can recommend, and that I believe does
deliver the goods in reporting things around the world that
really matter, and that strives to do so in an honest way.
Although, this channel has been around for years, it has not had
very good press, and has not even been available in English.
Hence, we have not really had the chance to get an unbiased
opinion of it by watching it ourselves.
So who am I talking about?…..
The new Al-Jazeera in English!
It only started up a few months ago, but I have to say that I am
It comes out of Doha, London and Washington, and it looks as if
the parent station have spent billions on setting up this brave
Perhaps it is because this is the first English-speaking news
channel to be outside of the US/UK propaganda nexus that we
finally get to hear what is REALLY going on in places like
Israel, Iraq, Iran and the like. Perhaps it is because Al-Jazeera
is an Arab channel that we finally get to hear what the people of
the Middle East REALLY think.
For example, you don’t just get the usual baloney labelling of
people whose grievances we don’t understand as “terrorists”.
Instead, you might actually find the grievances of some of these
people being honestly discussed. Al-Jazeera does not just
spoon-feed you the party line of propaganda, by treating the
issues ridiculously simplistically, as is often the case
Instead, they make a real effort to connect with the
complexity of each issue they discuss. That’s why you will hear
opinions expressed that you just won’t get elsewhere. Other
English new channels have too many interests to protect, i.e. toe
the party line etc., to ever dare to break new ground in honesty.
In fact, it’s precisely because Al-Jazeera is (a) Arabic and (b)
does NOT possess the in-built bias of the US/UK nexus of English
channels, that they are actually trusted to report in some places
that are off-limits to the rest.
It’s not all Middle East coverage. They have many quality
documentaries from all parts of the world, and excellent
interview programs (President Jimmy Carter and Jesse Jackson have
They’ve got Riz Khan (can’t remember where he came from, but it
was a big news channel), who always hosts a fascinating mixture
of interview and viewer Q%A. then, there’s the UK’s legendary
David Frost. The fact that he’s moved to Al-Jazeera is a major
However, it goes beyond that. They try to report REAL news;
things that matter, or SHOULD matter, to intelligent educated
Hence, if you are more interested in knowing the latest on
missing blonde teenagers in Aruba, or Britney Spear’s latest
haircut, or where Anna Nicole Smith gets to be buried and by
whose permission…. well, you KNOW where to go for that.
Al Jazeera is NOT for you!
Anyway, last time I heard, Al-Jazeera in English was not actually
available anywhere in the USA. THAT in itself is a pretty telling
statement, for the so-called Land Of The Free. Hopefully, that
will change soon.
You can still get to see it at:
There is a free service there, as well as a paid broadband
version. Frankly, it IS worth paying for if you are in the US and
cannot get it any other way. I think you will find it a breath of
fresh air compared to the rest that are out there.
It’s not that ALL other English news channels are bad. It’s just
that they have a huge inherent (and often invisible) bias in them
when it comes to reporting international news. Hence, “the truth”
is almost impossible (and that’s before we even get into the
issue of them running “stories” that are more for entertainment
than actual news value, just to stay up in the ratings).
Let us not forget that both the US and the UK and the primary
CAUSES of many of the worst problems we see in the world today.
I am NOT talking about just the last six years either. Check
your history, people, going back the last hundred years or more!
Interestingly though, you will NEVER find the US/UK news channels
ever pointing the finger down at the ground upon which they are
Check out Al-Jazeera. If you have an open mind, and a functional
brain, I think you’ll be very impressed.
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