Buried in this USA today Story about Al Jazerra coming out of the closet so to speak, actually putting their shingle up in America is a line that might have been easily missed if you are doing a quick read:
Coleman says she watches Al Jazeera simply because it offers so much international news. “It has a lot more foreign correspondents in the field. If you want to know what’s going on in Mali, it’s going to be Al Jazeera that’s covering it. We just don’t have any more foreign correspondents on the ground in (U.S.) television the way Al Jazeera does.”
“Coleman” is Isobel Colemen of the council on Foreign Relations a “non-partisan” Washington think tank. The head of the group since 2003 his Richard Haass who is a regular on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Isabel was asked about the bias’ that might come from Al Jazeera concerning their treatment of Israel & the Arabs (all emphasis mine)
“They’re straight shooters as much as any major news outlet today. There is no unbiased news today,‘
“The bias is in the selection of what stories you cover and how you cover them. Al Jazeera will bring its own bias, but it’s no more or no less than what we’re used to already in this country.”
Now readers of this blog have known this for years but what will Chuck “Mythology” Todd say to this? How will he react when a person from an organization whose head, Richard Haass maintains media bias is a fact of life so matter of fact that it’s not worth commenting about?
I suspect it will likely look something like the reaction of Mrs. Merriwether when Rhett Butler bids on Miss Scarlett in Gone with the Wind.