Monday, August 1, 2011

Al Jazeera English in NYC

Today the media landscape of NYC was quietly transformed. The cable news network Al Jazeera (the English language version that is) has debuted on Time Warner Cable and FiOS on channel 92. 

I've just watched a little bit of it and it is really, really good. This is truly a news network -- not a liberal or conservative platform for shouting heads, but a smart hard news service that deeply examines the issues and events changing the world. The channel used to be very controversial -- some people said it was anti-American and anti-Western -- but then others said it was anti-Arab, and many middle-east dictators and their apologists hate it. I think they must be doing something right if mindless ideologues are unhappy and smart news consumers like it. It holds up a mirror to the world (literally) and shows the good, the bad and the ugly (and pretty). 

A few days ago I blogged about the NYC media landscape and how it's actually, for the most part, moving in the right direction. With Al Jazeera now in our city, the movement continues afoot. 

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