In my commentary and blogging course today, we were talking about how Al Jazeera English differs from what Americans are typically used to seeing on television. One of my students said he watched AJE for about 15 minutes yesterday and was amazed at how graphic the footage was compared to the talking heads you typically see on American cable news.
Then the question came up as to how much more explicit Al Jazeera Arabic was than the network’s English-language channel. I can’t speak to that, having not seen a lot from AJA, but I can show you the following. This video, according to New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, AJA ran it at least 10 times in the last hour. Be forewarned, this is graphic. It shows an Egyptian police vehicle running over and apparently killing a protester in Cairo.
Interestingly enough, this video is now showing up on CNN in the United States, according to James Rainey of the LA Times.
A prime example of Truth #3 – Everything from the margin moves to the center.