By Stephen Pollard
May 30, 2007
Iain Dale is spot on in his estimation of Al Jazeera English:
I had assumed it was just Arab propaganda, but boy was I wrong. I sat transfixed for an hour as I watched story after story about world affairs without a hint of any kind of bias. This wasn't your typical soundbite reporting, it was indepth stuff from around the world.
I wrote much the same thing when it first started, and I have been hooked ever since. It really is superb - and manages something which the BBC finds impossible: to be unbiased in its coverage of Israel. Yes, Hamas et al have their coverage. But Israeli spokesmen are asked proper questions and not treated as war criminals. It's called even handedness - a concept entirely alien to the BBC.
It's by far the best news channel on TV.
But there is, of course, a big difference between the English and Arabic versions of Al Jazeera.That's another story...