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August 6, 2013
Based on The Sun's unprecedented pre-launch promotion for Al Jazeera ( "The new news team," Aug. 4) there can't possibly be any doubt whatsoever that The Sun is joined at the hip with anti-American conspirators whose goal is "fundamentally transforming the United States of America. " Unfortunately, I feel far too many readers of The Sun are unaware that the person named in The Sun article as a principal provider of funds for Al Jazeera - the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani - earlier this year blamed Israel for the turmoil in the Arab world that threatens to plunge the entire region into war. I also understand that the Sheikh is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Hamas-controlled government in Gaza, and rebel forces in Syria.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
The term "Al Jazeera effect" was coined to describe the way the Qatar-based channel and new media were changing politics and power dynamics in the Middle East the last decade. But I believe we have been seeing a variation of it in Ferguson, Mo., the past week with a similar shift in American perception as a result. The first images of nighttime clashes between police and protesters out of Ferguson struck me by how much they looked like images of Intifada and Arab Spring in the Middle East that had been burned into my brain.
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NEWS
August 10, 2013
If the letter writer Ray Gordon considers his stream of anti-Israel rhetoric even-handed reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then perhaps Al Jazeera is not biased ( "Al Jazeera will give America a balanced view of the Middle East," Aug. 7). Certainly neither source can be considered to be accurate in reporting on the continuing problem caused by the failure of the Palestinian Arabs to even acknowledge the existence of a Jewish state. The writer, while painting the Palestinian Arabs as innocent victims, whether led by the late Yasser Arafat or by Mahmoud Abbas, ignores the numerous attempts by Arab nations in coordination with the Palestinian Arabs not only to destroy the Jewish state but to exterminate its inhabitants - be it during the 1948 war, where Arabs massacred the inhabitants of Jewish towns and cities, or during the intifadas.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
The grisly discovery Monday of the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been abducted June 12 as they hitchhiked home from a West Bank settlement yeshiva set off a week of mounting violence in the region. Israel blamed Hamas and promised and delivered retribution in the West Bank, blowing up the homes of the alleged murderers and launching dozens of air strikes. Hamas threatened back, saying that “the gates of hell would open” if Israel went too far. On Wednesday, a Palestinian teen was abducted and killed, and a Palestinian official blamed “extremist Jewish settlers” as Arabs and Israelis battled in the streets of East Jerusalem.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
The article "The new news team" (Aug.4) describes how Qatar-based Al Jazeera launches in 50 million homes this month and asks, "Can a TV news channel based in Qatar really be good for America?" The answer is yes because Al Jazeera will be the first TV channel or newspaper to give the American people a balanced approach to the Middle East. Currently, all U.S. mainstream media, whether left or right, provides one-sided, pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian coverage in all of its reporting.
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By Megan K. Stack and Megan K. Stack,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 1, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The videotapes arrive by courier at the information desk in the shadowy lobby of the Swan Lake, a fading hotel in Baghdad's battle-pocked downtown that now serves as the Iraqi headquarters for the television channel Al-Jazeera. Chillingly similar, the grainy videos of frightened hostages have become a defining image of Iraq's new violence: tearful pleas for life and masked kidnappers, swords held aloft, laying out their demands. For Al-Jazeera's journalists, who wrestle with how to use the exclusive and often bloody footage, the tapes pose the latest in a string of credibility tests.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | July 9, 2003
PBS' Exclusive to Al-Jazeera is an example of television reporting on television without much success. The documentary about life inside the newsroom of Arab cable channel Al-Jazeera during the war in Iraq offers little that hasn't already been told in dozens of newspaper stories. Worse, by doing too much telling and too little showing, the show, which airs tomorrow night, fails to exploit its visual advantage over newspapers. Filmmaker Ben Anthony tries to infuse his narrative with a sense of backstage drama through the use of scenes that open with a date and brief bit of heightened exposition.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 8, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Prime Minister Ayad Allawi ordered yesterday the temporary closure of the television network Al-Jazeera's Baghdad bureau, the Arab world's primary source of news from Iraq, saying its extensive coverage of kidnappings has encouraged militants. He said at a news conference that the network's office here would be shut for a month and that it would be allowed to reopen if the network addressed the government's concerns. Al-Jazeera broadcasts to millions of Arab viewers from headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
The term "Al Jazeera effect" was coined to describe the way the Qatar-based channel and new media were changing politics and power dynamics in the Middle East the last decade. But I believe we have been seeing a variation of it in Ferguson, Mo., the past week with a similar shift in American perception as a result. The first images of nighttime clashes between police and protesters out of Ferguson struck me by how much they looked like images of Intifada and Arab Spring in the Middle East that had been burned into my brain.
NEWS
By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 24, 2003
KUWAIT CITY - The video footage shown on television yesterday could not have been more ghastly: male soldiers dressed in shredded U.S. military uniforms, their bandages soaked red, their bodies contorted, their lives clearly ended, their deaths a graphic message from Iraqis that just as pictures of bombs falling on Baghdad represent war, so too do these images. Few Americans have seen the footage, but it was beamed yesterday to more than 45 million Arab viewers of Al-Jazeera television, the Qatar-based news channel frequently criticized by U.S. officials for what they say is an anti-American bias.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Six months in, there is more to say about Al Jazeera America than that its ratings stink. But that's about the only thing I see written about the Qatar-owned cable channel these days. The ratings are minuscule - about one-half the audience that Al Gore's wreck of a channel, Current TV, was drawing before Al Jazeera bought it in 2013 to gain access to American homes. As of last month, Al Jazeera America was averaging about 10,000 viewers at any given time of the day, while CNN had 272,000, MSNBC 349,000 and Fox News 924,000.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
  Al Jazeera America's premiere week was one of the topics discussed on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday. Eric Deggans, a longtime friend and colleague, was guest host. Mohammed el-Nawawy, author of "Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism," and I were guests. My argument: Al Jazeera America, with its emphasis on diversity and identification with non-elite populations, expands the conversation of democracy in mainstream media.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Watching the debut this week of Al Jazeera America, I couldn't help but remember reviewing the first week of Erin Burnett's show on CNN in October 2011. I say this not to rip Burnett again, but because her attitude toward the Occupy Wall Street protesters in that first week in 2011 offers such a clean snapshot of the difference in orientation between CNN and Al Jazeera America. And it's important to understand that difference, because unlike Fox News and MSNBC, which wave their ideological flags openly, CNN and Al Jazeera America both claim to be doing down-the-middle, straight journalism.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
The heart of Al Jazeera America's prime-time lineup is an attractive one if you are looking for news, context and a fresh visual perspective on U.S. and world events. At least that's the way it looked premiere night Tuesday as the Qatar-based channel unveiled a solidly-reported and skillfully packaged hour of news at 8 p.m. followed by “America Tonight,” its flagship broadcast of in-depth, magazine-style pieces. And yet, even as this promising addition to the American TV news landscape arrived, AT&T announced Tuesday that it would not carry the channel on its U-verse pay-TV service with an estimated 5 million viewers.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
I have been writing a lot about Al Jazeera since the Qatar-based news operation bought Al Gore's wreck of a channel in January to gain access to some 50 million U.S. homes. When the purchase was made, I'm the guy who wrote: "Why Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV is a good thing for media, country. " And before you start saying crazy, uninformed stuff about Al Jazeera and terrorism, read this piece: "Of course, Al Jazeera has a bias, but it's not what you might think.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
If the letter writer Ray Gordon considers his stream of anti-Israel rhetoric even-handed reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then perhaps Al Jazeera is not biased ( "Al Jazeera will give America a balanced view of the Middle East," Aug. 7). Certainly neither source can be considered to be accurate in reporting on the continuing problem caused by the failure of the Palestinian Arabs to even acknowledge the existence of a Jewish state. The writer, while painting the Palestinian Arabs as innocent victims, whether led by the late Yasser Arafat or by Mahmoud Abbas, ignores the numerous attempts by Arab nations in coordination with the Palestinian Arabs not only to destroy the Jewish state but to exterminate its inhabitants - be it during the 1948 war, where Arabs massacred the inhabitants of Jewish towns and cities, or during the intifadas.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
Live pictures from Tripoli were hard to come by at first for CNN, but along with al-Jazeera, it offered the most comprehensive rolling coverage Sunday night of another remarkable story of tumult and historic change. Visually, nothing could compete with al-Jazeera, which was once again outstanding with its ground-level, in-the-middle-of-the-action images of the march into Tripoli Sunday night. Correspondent Zeina Khodr was so close to the action she was literally jostled by the rebel soldiers as they surged into Green Square.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2003
Al-Jazeera means "the peninsula," but for some Americans this week, it might just as well mean "the island." A seeming island of news judgment unto itself, the Qatar-based news channel angered U.S. military and government officials Sunday by broadcasting video images of captured and killed U.S. soldiers. The disturbing footage - seen by relatively few Americans but beamed to Al-Jazeera's 45 million Arab viewers - was a violation of the Geneva Conventions that bar efforts to humiliate captured troops, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
The article "The new news team" (Aug.4) describes how Qatar-based Al Jazeera launches in 50 million homes this month and asks, "Can a TV news channel based in Qatar really be good for America?" The answer is yes because Al Jazeera will be the first TV channel or newspaper to give the American people a balanced approach to the Middle East. Currently, all U.S. mainstream media, whether left or right, provides one-sided, pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian coverage in all of its reporting.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
Based on The Sun's unprecedented pre-launch promotion for Al Jazeera ( "The new news team," Aug. 4) there can't possibly be any doubt whatsoever that The Sun is joined at the hip with anti-American conspirators whose goal is "fundamentally transforming the United States of America. " Unfortunately, I feel far too many readers of The Sun are unaware that the person named in The Sun article as a principal provider of funds for Al Jazeera - the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani - earlier this year blamed Israel for the turmoil in the Arab world that threatens to plunge the entire region into war. I also understand that the Sheikh is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Hamas-controlled government in Gaza, and rebel forces in Syria.
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