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North America, Europe and the view of things in the world

Nice article in the Baltimore Sun that perfectly summarises the last 3 weeks in the middle east, and how the American news stations have lost the place.  I love Al Jazeera but the quality it represents is a subset of a global problem.

It’s Al Jazeera, then everyone else | Baltimore Sun

It was fascinating Friday to watch how closely CNN seemed to be tracking or imitating — or maybe simply chasing — Al Jazeera.

In the immediate wake of Mubarak’s resignation, the U.S. channels seemed to be content to mostly show images of Liberation Square while anchors and correspondents kept using the adjectives "historic," "remarkable" and "extraordinary" to tell us what we already knew.

But on Al Jazeera, the producers and correspondents were trying to gather and present new bits and pieces of the breaking story. Al Jazeera was the first to report that Swiss banks had frozen all of Mubarak’s assets. About 25 minutes later, I saw the same news reported on CNN.

Even more interesting was the way CNN seemed to be trying to match Al Jazeera’s imagery — shot for shot at some points. During some stretches, CNN actually had the same camera shot as Al Jazeera — only a few seconds later. I don’t know if they were tracking and imitating — or it they were sharing a feed at certain times of the day, and there was a satellite delay in CNN’s reception and broadcast of the images.

This matters because it is not possible to grow and innovate in this global world unless you know what is going on in the world.  When I go to Europe and speak to people there, I see a dramatic difference in how they view the world compared to North America. 

Then when I speak to folks in East Asia over the last few days, its hard to find information on Egypt.  They had to seek out CNN to see what was happening.

These differences matter.

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Written by Colin Henderson

February 12, 2011 at 23:10

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. There are no genuine news stations only vested interests broadcasting their version of the truth.

    Hence they usually miss the root causes behind events because the truth might affect the same vested interests.
    a) lockerbie bomber release – go for Gaddaffi not some operative
    b) army in Afghanistan fighting AQ – go after the sponsors of terrorism oil producers Iran, Saudi etc
    c) toppling despots – money gives them power whose bank is it hiding in?
    d) financial meltdown – virtual wealth how can the derivatives market be 10 times the world GDP

    What is the real free press, WSJ or Wikileaks, The Times or Twitter, Financial Times or Facebook?


    February 14, 2011 at 09:11

  2. So true that the truth can be hard to define based on what anyone thinks is important and how it is presented. A good start though is to have more information transparency so that anyone who chooses can get back to the core facts.

    Colin Henderson

    February 14, 2011 at 18:19

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