If you don't mind, maybe we can pull this back toward DirecTV?
I'd love to hear from those of us who have international dishes, who have actually watched
Al Jazeera English on MHz Worldview, channel 2183. Two newscasts a day are carried, one hour at six p.m. and another early in the morning.
Personally, I find a stunning lack of bias in the AJE newscasts that I have seen. Perhaps I don't recognize the bias because many of the stories are simply ignored
by the American media and I know nothing about them until I see them on AJE.
For instance, here are the headlines from today's AJE news at six:
1. New figures from the U.N in Geneva reveal the total killed in the Syrian war are higher than expected, almost 60,000.
2. Myanmar's government retracts earlier claims that it was not using helicopter gunships to attack rebels in the north of that country.
3. Peace talks are about to begin in the Central African Republic.
4. Four killed in U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan.
5. Venezuelan opposition demands answers to just how sick is Hugo Chavez.
6. Women are finding ways to help shop for clothes by using new technology.
Today's newscast was unusually heavy on war stories, especially those we don't usually hear about. Other stories following these included Clinton being released from the hospital, stock markets rallying after Congress passes "Fiscal Cliff" bill, stories on climate change in Africa causing food shortages and voter complaints about no choice in the coming Iranian elections.
The only thing that could be called commentary in any of this was a line in the Fiscal Cliff story, when the reporter said that the decreasing number of moderates in the two U.S. political parties was making compromises of this type more difficult.
None of this was exactly a ringing declaration of holy war on the infidels.
According to published reports, what's coming will at first be the normal Al Jazeera English feed, but later in the year there will be a new service called Al Jazeera America, with 60% content generated locally here in the U.S., with the rest coming from AJE.
There's no doubt that the antics pulled by AJ Arabic in its early days have hurt the channel as it matured, then started the English service. This was just about the only way it was ever going to make it into U.S. distribution.
I was one of those who went apoplectic when RT appeared on Dish. That move caused me to delay a move to Dish that was ultimately killed when DirecTV made some excellent programming changes. I've seen RT (as have many of you) and IMHO there is no question that each and every newscast has been slanted to show the U.S. in a negative light.
I simply don't find that with AJE.
Edited by mnassour, 02 January 2013 - 09:22 PM.