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WHO COVERED THE WAR BEST? AL-JAZEERA

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    WHO COVERED THE WAR BEST? TRY AL-JAZEERA Frances S. Hasso, Newsday, 4/17/03 http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny- vphas173240721apr17,0,716213.story
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      WHO COVERED THE WAR BEST? TRY AL-JAZEERA
      Frances S. Hasso, Newsday, 4/17/03
      http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-
      vphas173240721apr17,0,716213.story

      Al-Jazeera's extended, uncensored, on-the-ground coverage of the
      invasion has demonstrated, contrary to U.S. and British claims, that
      this has not been a bloodless, costless and clean war. The coverage
      has reflected the Arab recognition that the Saddam Hussein
      dictatorship was a tragedy, but it has also questioned the claim that
      the war has been motivated by interest in regional democracy and
      liberation.

      In addition to showing images largely censored by the U.S. media of
      the death, destruction and pain of war on all sides, al-Jazeera has
      conducted interviews with Kurdish leaders who have explained their
      alliance with the United States and Britain on the basis of the
      historic violence of Baathist Arabism, visited a small town in Iran
      that is the haven of Iraqi Shia refugees who fled Hussein's rule and
      shown the anger, as well as political sophistication, of anti-war
      demonstrators in the region...

      Al-Jazeera viewers have also received live, full coverage of press
      statements and conferences held by U.S., Iraqi, United Nations, Arab
      League, European Union, French, British, Egyptian, Saudi and other
      officials, thus always reflecting multiple realities throughout the
      war that are once again not covered routinely by the U.S. news
      networks...

      Charges of al-Jazeera Arab and Muslim bias ring untrue given the U.S.
      television media's crass nationalist apologetics, best demonstrated
      by Fox News and CNN, and their heavy reliance on superficial sound
      bites, interviews with current or former government officials, and
      expertise from a narrow ideological range...

      SEE ALSO:

      CABLE'S WAR COVERAGE SUGGESTS A NEW 'FOX EFFECT' ON TELEVISION
      Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, 4/17/03
      http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/16/international/worldspecial/16FOX.htm
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      This was supposed to be CNN's war, a chance for the network, which is
      owned by AOL Time Warner, to reassert its ratings lead using its
      international perspective and straightforward approach.

      Instead, it has been the Fox News Channel, owned by the News
      Corporation, that has emerged as the most-watched source of cable
      news by far, with anchors and commentators who skewer the mainstream
      media, disparage the French and flay anybody else who questions
      President Bush's war effort.

      Fox's formula had already proved there were huge ratings in
      opinionated news with an America-first flair. But with 46 of the top
      50 cable shows last week alone, Fox has brought prominence to a new
      sort of TV journalism that casts aside traditional notions of
      objectivity, holds contempt for dissent and eschews the skepticism of
      government at mainstream journalism's core.

      News executives at other networks are keeping a wary eye on Fox News,
      trying to figure out what, if anything, its progress will mean to
      them.

      "I certainly think that all news people are watching the success of
      Fox," said Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News. "There is a long-
      standing tradition in the mainstream press of middle-of-the-road
      journalism that is objective and fair. I would hate to see that fall
      victim to a panic about the Fox effect..."

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