I have to say, in the case of AJE, I think both the personnel and the traditions they draw on are simply those of conventional foreign news.
My — admittedly — flip summary of Al Jazeera English is that it looks like Sky News after a coup d’état by the foreign desk.
Painter bases his conclusions on a rather lengthier and more rigorous analysis:
AJE is consciously following a weak political agenda by covering far more news from the south. There are pitfalls to such an approach. Ignoring or down-playing events in the West can mean a viewer will miss out on what actually drives a large part of international relations.
Covering under-reported parts of the world in great depth may be a very worthy policy, but it may sound like an Oxfam or UN channel and put off viewers if the journalism does not remain sharp-edged. Putting more ‘voices of [the] oppressed south’ on air can slide into too uncritical a view of their actions or proposed solutions to their suffering, or it may focus too much on a ‘suffering south’ at the expense of an ‘assertive south.’
AJE’s arrival should be elebrated for its attempt to correct the cultural and information bias of the main Western TV channels…
Telesur, on the other hand…