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The question is... Does Al Jazeera have "anti-American" views or does Al Jazeera simply report the views in their "coverage area", which happen to be "anti-American" (or not). I have plenty of complaints about things going on in this country, so why should I expect those outside the U.S. not to say anything about what the U.S. does in other countries? (I don't watch TV news at all.)
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Re: The question is... Thank you!
There's a fine line between reporting the news and creating it, but every media outlet has, to some degree, reflected the sentiments of its audience. That isn't a bad thing as long as it's an accurate reflection of what is really happening. If there is anti-American feeling in the Middle East, then Al Jazeera has an obligation to report it. Otherwise, they have no credibility with their audience. Now, reporting it is different from inciting it, but on what side of the line the channel falls is going to be a matter of opinion. After all, people in the United States can't even agree on whether Fox News is biased or not. If we can't even agree on that, when people on both sides of the argument are located here, then what chance do we, as Americans, have of fully understanding the cultural dynamics in the Middle East and how Al Jazeera reflects them?
I hate to break the news to some folks, but the United States isn't universally loved all over the world, and, if that upsets them, then I bet their heads will start spinning when I say that some of that animosity is well-deserved. No, we aren't evil incarnate, but we've done some bad things and supported governments who've done truly evil things, a fact that many people here seem to either be ignorant of or choose to ignore. That isn't to say that those who hate us are always justified for doing so, but it's worth remembering that nothing is ever black and white, and anyone who thinks it is is being much too simplistic in their thinking.
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This is the same feed.
Right now they're reporting on a newly started civil war offensive in central african congo where children are being recruited to kill each other.
Right now CNN is talking about Kanye's baby momma.
It just switched to Nigeria and how people are forced to buy black market oil and gasoline as everything is going to foreign sale to back the government.
Now CNN just switched to firefighters in MA saving a deer trapped on a frozen lake.
Re: The question is... I prefer to read the news myself by going to various sites rather than sit passively while someone else reads/shows it to me. Otherwise, I might start thinking of "TV news" as "entertainment" (just like those TV corporate executive types do now) instead of information.
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On the other hand, they also seem to be pushing the "Islam is peaceful" message on their page. While I'm sure that applies to most of them, and I even have a few friends who are muslim, I want to offer my own two cents on the matter:
Many apologists in the west say that the turmoil in the middle east is from one of two things (or both): Poverty and/or being oppressed. Well, let's examine both of those.
Tibetans have been slaughtered by the millions by the Chinese, who have even gone so far as to e.g. ban reincarnation (yep, no joke) and ban worship of anything that doesn't respect the chinese communist party. Yet there aren't any tibetan suicide bombers, they aren't blowing up buses, and they aren't beheading women who walk by themselves in public.
Now poverty...Indians, Indonesians, and Mexicans, all very very poor people, are among the happiest in the world:
Indians, who literally build their houses out of garbage, haven't flown airplanes into buildings, beheaded people with religious differences, planted any IED's, or tortured and killed any ambassadors.
Islam on the other hand, does all of these things not just in the middle east, but also in the Philippines, Spain, and a number of other areas that aren't under military action of either the US or Israel, both of which are the subject of blame for unrest among muslims.
Re: The question is... And who in the world is this innocent little puppy?
People always talk about the evil things that "x" country does as if there is some innocent nation out there who hasn't harmed anybody. Everybody does shit wrong, that's life.