Karachi, 29 December 2011 (nCa) — Al Jazeera is fully conscious of the kind of competition it faces. It is racing against time to lose its credibility. The apparent aim is to join ranks with Fox.
The good news is that it has managed in no time at all to sink as low as Fox, hanging precariously just half a notch above the Soros-funded hooters.
This is fully compatible with the stated objective of Al Jazeera to “give voice to untold stories, promote debate, and challenge established perceptions,” an objective that is being achieved admirably by recycling the same old biases that are so favourite of the west while leaving the established perceptions unchallenged, mainly because it is the west that establishes such perceptions.
The case in point is the coverage of Turkmenistan, the latest frontier in the never ending American quest to smash and grab all the lands at strategic locations and rich in hydrocarbons. The valuable experience gained in encouraging and cheering bloodshed in Libya is coming handy in painting black circles at the heart of Central Asia.
In the last few days Al Jazeera has managed to tell the world many alarming stories including the one that claims that the Turkmen economy was about to evaporate
This kind of reporting could possibly be harmful for Central Asia but it is decidedly fatal for Al Jazeera. After all, credibility is a fragile treasure. A news outlet without credibility is like someone all dressed up and nowhere to go.
In fact, small news services such as nCa are quite happy at the tittle-tattle reporting of Al Jazeera. Their dissatisfied clients are finding us.
If you are looking for a good joke, here are some fragments from Al Jazeera objectives: ‘Reversing the North to South flow of informaton’ – ‘Setting the news agenda’ – ‘Fearless Journalism’ ——- And the best of all ‘Every angle, Every side.’