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September 11, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Aljazeera America offers different news perspective

Aljazeera America offers different news perspective

Dear Editor,

I have spent the last week watching some of the new TV news channel, Aljazeera America. The first thing I noticed was they do not use half-naked Barbie doll newscasters. Unlike Fox, and to a lesser extent CNN, they do not feel the need for sexy eye candy to attract viewers.

Another obvious difference is their limited use of banners and other reductions of out-of-studio pictures. I absolutely hate seeing other networks cut off large parts of the visional news with running tapes or banners or logos that often cover important parts of the picture. I really do not want to give up part of the picture to advertisements of what news story will be shown later that day or week. Aljazeera does run a thin, printed tape across the bottom of the screen, but it does not appear to significantly reduce the total picture.

As many new channels, Aljazeera has some picture quality and transmission problems. The picture is a little fuzzy outside of the studio, but still of good content.

The quality of the newscasters is excellent, so far. They have basically hired people from the other major networks, and have added overseas personnel with a superior knowledge of the country they are reporting form. I have seen parts of news stories, which were obviously true, that were not reported by any of the other channels. It stands to reason if you want to know about a drought or new law in Australia or China, a person who lives in that country, speaks the language and knows the people, can give us better information than some Barbie doll in New York or Atlanta.

As to be expected, the other networks either ignored the new network or, like Fox, declared it to be a Muslim plot by radicals to influence Americans, which is absolutely not true. The Middle Eastern countries that own Aljazeera are some of our closest allies in that part of the world and are leading the Muslim world in human rights.

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