News should be balanced, investigative, and informative. Al Jazeera covers all these points.
I did not know much about the network a few years ago. I would only come across video postings on Facebook when some of their videos went viral. However, a few years ago they ventured into the US market and started an American version of their Arabic network.
This was when I became more familiar with the channel and their programming. Unfortunately however, they did not last over a year in the US market (maybe because they were not talking about clothes and shoes), but I have still remained a fan.
After an election cycle that was marred by reports of fake news and deceptive media, many people became weary of mainstream news. The CNNs and the ABCs have become the enemy of the Trump Administration due to his claims of their biased reporting. In fact, he has painted all mainstream news with the same brush.
This has led to the distrust of mainstream networks by some, and even people who do not support Donald Trump and his claims are seeking new ways to gather information.
Information that is unbiased, international, investigative and factual. For me, this is Al Jazeera.
Investigative reporting beats shallow journalism…
A few weeks ago I realized that they are now live streaming their network on YouTube and I started watching again. And, the difference between it and US networks for example is so obvious.
Based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera’s values are somewhat different from networks started in the US or UK. However, the basis of any news network should be the same. Their mission should be to provide the general public with information that serves them, makes them more knowledgeable about the world around them and goes against political correctness.
Networks like CNN have failed at this. In the US, news is based on sensationalism and entertainment. It is about who can score the most points where viewership and ratings are concerned, and at the least focusing on issues affecting everyday people.
Al Jazeera swerves away from this kind of shallow journalism and offers an international voice to news stories around the globe. Their daily news and in-depth documentaries tackles the socio-political, economic, and topical problems that people face whether it be in Juarez, Mexico or Aleppo, Syria.
I have always been a fan of international news networks. When I was younger I loved watching the BBC, as I believed it stood for the same principles Al Jazeera stands for today. But, in recent months I have learnt that the BBC is no different from other western news networks, and is caught up in the same propaganda used to fuel fear and sensationalism among people.
What the world needs…
The world needs journalists and people in general who will advocate on their behalf. Give them a voice in an ever changing political and economic landscape. An unbiased voice that seeks the truth. A voice that will go to the unbeaten paths to track down the real story.
There is enough sensationalism online already. The last thing we want to see is a news network talking about what a celebrity wore to the Grammys or Oscars. Or, focusing solely on topics that serve their political interests and alignments (a.k.a. Fox News and CNN).
This is a different generation…
One that demands fairness and the hard truth. The political correctness and cover ups are a thing of the past. Nowadays, many young people see right through the bullshit. Do not get me wrong, I do not have anything against major US networks, but they have failed to portray the voice of the people. Which is what true journalism should do.
Al Jazeera is quintessential to what the world needs. It is a forward thinking network that does not gobble up political rhetoric and alliances. It is free thinking and gets to the truth (at least I hope it does). The reality is, Al Jazeera could one day choose to go down the same path as the US networks, shoving their mandates down our throats. And if that time comes, I would simply move on to another form of news that is doing the opposite.
The news should reflect you and me. It should tackle our struggles and hardships and bring them to the fore, while also highlighting our achievements and successes. The news should be free of nepotism and fake smiles and hit with the truth, be blunt and unapologetic (The Young Turks network on YouTube does this well, love them too).
It is really sad to know that we have to be searching for real reporting overseas and not in our own borders. However, I have never and I still do not mind it. I love getting an international perspective on topics, ones that are different from my own, ones that go far and beyond to tackle the story, ones that open up the mind. I could go on and on about this topic, but I will keep it short today 😉
You should check out Al Jazeera on YouTube, you might just think differently about the news after.
Which networks do you get your news from?