posted on May, 23 2006 @ 03:06 AM
Opinions or reflections from people regarding the media's coverage of the initial stages of the war and how it was broadcast/handled. Not that Al
Jazeera is the definitive source of media coverage in that region, but as far as being the number one news portal for the arab world; the comparisons
between the first world reporting aggencies like CNN, Fox News, MSNBC etc...
It's a nice little flip side with some real honesty in much of it.
Of course to rally and bolster American sympathies the media must stick to the agenda. To show death and destruction as a real fact of war is NOT what
the first world countries want to see. So it is largely omitted from nearly every broadcast.
I found the documentary to be quite honest. Showing both sides in a "behind the scenes" view point without all the sarcasm of say...a Michael Moore
production (who I am a fan of BTW).
It was very interesting to see the US representatives at Command Central talking rather candidly. It was also quite refreshing to see a sort of common
ground being enjoyed by the reporters and journalists in general. All working for the same thing, but keeping their own Nationalism in priority.
Al Jazeer has come under fire from numerous sources...from the US, Britain, Australia, Canada and from parts of the Arab World itself. Why?
Is what they do so radical? Is it so far from truth? Is it part of our First World media conditioning that dictates what is "viable news" and what
The graphic images are painful to see...so was 9/11...so will be the impending war in Iran...will we be open to the images and accounts of only one
source? Or will we as intelligent and curious beings search out information from as many sources as possible in our attempts to learn, educate and
teach about the world we live in?
I read Al Jazeera with the same "grain of salt" I read MSNBC, or my local paper the Vancouver Sun and the Province. I read a number of Korean news
papers online, BBC news, Russian news, Japanese news...
I compare information. Nothing is to be 100% believed simply because it is broadcast or printed.
I hope many view the documentary with an open mind, you will be pleasantly surprised as I was.
The war on terror, to clarify why I placed this here, uses the media as a transport vehicle for it's propaganda. The people owe it to themselves to
investigate! Be diligent in referencing sources and comparing information...there is so much available how can you not?
Cheers and happy viewing.