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1 Shvaughn  Aug 12, 2014 11:42:04am

I have been quite pleasantly surprised by the quality of AJA reporting.

2 CuriousLurker  Aug 12, 2014 12:23:36pm

I don’t watch TV so I can’t speak for their cable news network, but their website produces some pretty good stuff, much of it more objective than I expected.

3 sagehen  Aug 12, 2014 12:35:10pm

Gee, maybe they’d have better viewership if they were on basic cable.

Until and unless they can do that… it was way stupid to make exclusivity deals with carriers that keeps most of their content off the website.

4 Rightwingconspirator  Aug 12, 2014 1:22:31pm

re: #3 sagehen

Huh, they are on my Time Warner, I guess it varies by market maybe. You can be sure they want to be on standard cable, all of them.

5 Randall Gross  Aug 12, 2014 6:03:20pm

AJ has gotten better the past few years, but I look at them skeptically since they are state controlled media from a country with rulers. (Qatar) So a few cuts above RT, but definitely several below the credibility of BBC, Australian BC, Canadian Broadcasting, with those below totally non state media outlets of the western press.

6 Shvaughn  Aug 13, 2014 10:20:30pm

Randall, don’t you ever think it’s kind of weird to rate the BBC’s credibility below that of Fox News, based solely on their ownership rather than their output?

7 Joanne  Aug 15, 2014 9:58:44am

re: #5 Randall Gross

AJ has gotten better the past few years, but I look at them skeptically since they are state controlled media from a country with rulers. (Qatar) So a few cuts above RT, but definitely several below the credibility of BBC, Australian BC, Canadian Broadcasting, with those below totally non state media outlets of the western press.

You know that Canadian Broadcasting is paid for by the government, right? CBC is government funded, which in essence, makes it state controlled.

We’ll save the discussion of Harper for another time.

8 Romantic Heretic  Aug 15, 2014 3:18:04pm

re: #7 Joanne

We’ll save the discussion of Harper for another time.

Thanks. I just finished dinner.

9 jogiff  Aug 17, 2014 11:17:06pm

re: #7 Joanne

I think he was saying that he distrusts state-controlled news in general, but especially those that “are state controlled media from a country with [authoritarian] rulers”

10 cinesimon  Aug 18, 2014 3:06:37pm

re: #5 Randall Gross

Umm, Al Jazeera are not a “state controlled” company. Yes they were initially funded by the ruling family of Qatar, but it’s rather obvious they’re not dictating journalism policy or content. Jst as PM Cameron isn’t dictating to the BBC what they do.
As another commented: what’s wrong with judging a news outlet by their actual output?
The BBC are not “state controlled” either.

This type of attack line is one that the right wing have been throwing around for years - and sadly, along with so many other of their ridiculously see-through lies, it has been a successful smear.

Randall going by your reasoning, Fox News is one of the most credible news outlets on the planet.

AJ English/America is one of the most independent news companies today. Their reporting is certainly without fear or favor. They haven’t done favors for either side of the Middle East conflicts. Apart from civilians. Maybe that’s the problem people have with AJ - they treat Arabs and Persians as actual human beings. Non-combatants as victims when they’re tortured, killed, injured, or lose their homes and/or jobs.
I know that is a very real problem for many westerners. Therefore, they become merely a “state controlled” organ of a dictator.
Actual content is irrelevant.

This is how media is analysed, by a bizarrely large number of people.

11 cinesimon  Aug 18, 2014 3:24:02pm

re: #7 Joanne

“Paid for” ? They make a profit. Like the BBC. They pay dividends to their owners, the government. Who hardly ‘control’ them. Yes they have to abide by a charter, which is rather soft - things like mandating local content etc.
The Harper government has sought to further control and sabotage the CBC. They’re handicapping them in order to ‘prove’ that they’re not a sustainable company. So they’re not a good example.

The BBC is a good example.

The BBC have a charter, mandating local content, no adverts, journalism without fear or favor etc. They’re not “controlled”, nor “funded” by the British government. They’re owned by them, yes.
But the British government is actually funded by the BBC - a highly successful business.

AJ are well funded by Qatar, and may find it hard to turn a profit - not because of quality, but because they’ve been libeled en-masse as a terrorist news network, and as the mouthpiece of a dictator.
Because actual content and reality has no place in today’s world.


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