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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Al Jazeera English will premiere a thought-provoking and hard-hitting documentary about Baltimore tonight, but viewers here won't be able to see it on cable TV. That's outrageous, ignorant and maddening. That's the conclusion I came to last week while reporting a Sunday story on the documentary and the bleak picture of Baltimore it would be presenting to a potential audience of 260 million homes elsewhere in the world. Read that story here . But that lack of access to Al Jazeera English on cable TV also makes me wonder what kind of sheep we are as media consumers -- and what kind of mice we have as media critics that cable companies can get away with not offering this option even as they they offer a sea of channels devoted to shopping and reruns of lame network shows from previous decades.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Can a TV news channel based in Qatar really be good for America? That's the $500 million question as Al Jazeera America prepares to launch this month in 50 million U.S. homes. The build-up, which has included hiring more than 400 journalists led by such national and Baltimore TV names as Ali Velshi and Adam May, respectively, has been chronicled with fascination by media reporters used to covering mostly stories of downsizing and closings in recent years. Last week alone, Al Jazeera America opened 12 domestic bureaus in such cities as Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco and Dallas.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
Reading some of the nutty coverage of Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV from Al Gore, I am not sure whether the problem is ideology or ignorance when it comes to the sorry state of media criticism today. Last week, I explained why I thought Al Jazeera gaining access to 40 million U.S. homes was a good thing. Read that blog post here . Nutshell version: It makes American media a smarter and more diverse mix -- and that makes this a better country. In that piece, I talked about how impressed I was by a documentary Al Jazeera English did on Baltimore in August and quoted two academic experts on the Qatar-based TV operation as to why it is so outrageous that Al Jazeera English was kept off cable TV in the vast majority of cities.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
Reading some of the nutty coverage of Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV from Al Gore, I am not sure whether the problem is ideology or ignorance when it comes to the sorry state of media criticism today. Last week, I explained why I thought Al Jazeera gaining access to 40 million U.S. homes was a good thing. Read that blog post here . Nutshell version: It makes American media a smarter and more diverse mix -- and that makes this a better country. In that piece, I talked about how impressed I was by a documentary Al Jazeera English did on Baltimore in August and quoted two academic experts on the Qatar-based TV operation as to why it is so outrageous that Al Jazeera English was kept off cable TV in the vast majority of cities.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2013
I don't care if Al Gore got more money than he ever deserved for his pathetic channel, or Glenn Beck got the short end of the stick in trying to buy it as an escape from his prison of media marginalization. All of that is ideological and personality-obsessed, pop-culture nonsense that misses the point of the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera. What's important is that Al Jazeera has found a way into an estimated 40 million American homes through the purchase of Gore's mismanaged channel, and that is a good thing - a very good thing.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2012
Baltimore-area viewers won't see it in their TV listings, but this week a program will premiere on the Al Jazeera English channel that could do more to shape the world's image of their city than any other media coverage or civic promotion done all year. "Baltimore: Anatomy of an American City" will debut Tuesday night to a potential worldwide audience of 260 million homes. And what those viewers will mainly see is a landscape of young men on bleak street corners, block after block of boarded-up rowhouses, drugs, death, crime scenes and prisons.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
I know some of my more parochial colleagues can't get past the troubles CNN continues to have in its prime-time American operation. And I am right up there in being dismayed by some of the moves management has made with Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker, Erin Burnett and Piers Morgan. But facts are facts, and CNN has a different business model than anybody else in the cable news business because of its overwhelming international infrastructure and reach. And Thursday it got some more good news on that front with an audience measurement survey that shows its dominance among news channels in Africa.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Can a TV news channel based in Qatar really be good for America? That's the $500 million question as Al Jazeera America prepares to launch this month in 50 million U.S. homes. The build-up, which has included hiring more than 400 journalists led by such national and Baltimore TV names as Ali Velshi and Adam May, respectively, has been chronicled with fascination by media reporters used to covering mostly stories of downsizing and closings in recent years. Last week alone, Al Jazeera America opened 12 domestic bureaus in such cities as Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco and Dallas.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
UPDATES with reaction to the film from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office... Using digitalmedia once again to end run the cable TV industry, Al Jazeera English posted its latest documentary, "Baltimore: Anatomy of an American City," online Tuesday morning. The film will premiere on the channel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with multiple plays throughout the week. I believe it's outrageous that cable TV operators have kept the channel off its systems in cities like Baltimore, despite stellar coverage of major stories in the Middle East and endorsements ranging from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the leading academic experts and authors on global media.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 10, 2007
JERUSALEM -- An obscure Palestinian group claimed in a tape released yesterday that it was holding BBC correspondent Alan Johnston and demanded as a condition of his release that the British government free a jailed Muslim cleric. The statement, if confirmed, would be the first public demand made by kidnappers since Johnston was seized at gunpoint in Gaza City two months ago. The BBC said the tape shows a picture of his identification card, a possible sign that the claim is true, but not one of Johnston.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2013
I don't care if Al Gore got more money than he ever deserved for his pathetic channel, or Glenn Beck got the short end of the stick in trying to buy it as an escape from his prison of media marginalization. All of that is ideological and personality-obsessed, pop-culture nonsense that misses the point of the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera. What's important is that Al Jazeera has found a way into an estimated 40 million American homes through the purchase of Gore's mismanaged channel, and that is a good thing - a very good thing.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Al Jazeera English will premiere a thought-provoking and hard-hitting documentary about Baltimore tonight, but viewers here won't be able to see it on cable TV. That's outrageous, ignorant and maddening. That's the conclusion I came to last week while reporting a Sunday story on the documentary and the bleak picture of Baltimore it would be presenting to a potential audience of 260 million homes elsewhere in the world. Read that story here . But that lack of access to Al Jazeera English on cable TV also makes me wonder what kind of sheep we are as media consumers -- and what kind of mice we have as media critics that cable companies can get away with not offering this option even as they they offer a sea of channels devoted to shopping and reruns of lame network shows from previous decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
UPDATES with reaction to the film from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office... Using digitalmedia once again to end run the cable TV industry, Al Jazeera English posted its latest documentary, "Baltimore: Anatomy of an American City," online Tuesday morning. The film will premiere on the channel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with multiple plays throughout the week. I believe it's outrageous that cable TV operators have kept the channel off its systems in cities like Baltimore, despite stellar coverage of major stories in the Middle East and endorsements ranging from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the leading academic experts and authors on global media.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2012
Baltimore-area viewers won't see it in their TV listings, but this week a program will premiere on the Al Jazeera English channel that could do more to shape the world's image of their city than any other media coverage or civic promotion done all year. "Baltimore: Anatomy of an American City" will debut Tuesday night to a potential worldwide audience of 260 million homes. And what those viewers will mainly see is a landscape of young men on bleak street corners, block after block of boarded-up rowhouses, drugs, death, crime scenes and prisons.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
I know some of my more parochial colleagues can't get past the troubles CNN continues to have in its prime-time American operation. And I am right up there in being dismayed by some of the moves management has made with Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker, Erin Burnett and Piers Morgan. But facts are facts, and CNN has a different business model than anybody else in the cable news business because of its overwhelming international infrastructure and reach. And Thursday it got some more good news on that front with an audience measurement survey that shows its dominance among news channels in Africa.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Drug sales in broad daylight at Lexington Market. An addict telling viewers Baltimore "is where you want to be for heroin," and then, after she scores, letting the camera watch her cook and shoot up in her car on a street that appears to be in Hampden. A masked drug dealer sitting at a table full of dope, pointing his gun at the camera and saying, "Coming to you live from Baltimore. " An on-screen headline that says, "Baltimore is the heroin capital of America. " This is how Baltimore is depicted in the National Geographic Channel's "Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire," which premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
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By From Sun news service reports | January 25, 2009
Bishops' rehabilitation prompts protests 4 VATICAN CITY : Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops, including that of a Holocaust denier whose rehabilitation sparked outrage among Jewish groups. The four bishops were excommunicated 20 years ago after they were consecrated by the late ultraconservative Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre without papal consent - a move the Vatican said at the time was an act of schism. The Vatican said yesterday that Pope Benedict had rehabilitated the four as part of his efforts to bring Lefebvre's Society of St. Pius X back into the Vatican's fold.
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