Wednesday, July 28, 2004
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Al Jazeera and a DNC Bias?
one thing to be seen and not heard, it's quite another to be the
opposite - and al Jazeera is finding that out courtesy of the
Democratic National Convention.
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So what does al-Jazeera have to say from the Convention?
Kennedy rallies party behind Kerry
Wednesday 28 July 2004, 14:02 Makka Time, 11:02 GMT
Democratic stalwart Edward
Kennedy is looking to pull off his
last hurrah by putting protege John Kerry in the
Kennedy took the podium at the Democratic convention in his Boston stronghold on Tuesday to herald his junior Senate colleague as the country's saviour after four years of Republican rule.
"Our struggle is with the politics of fear and favouritism in our own time, in our own country," he told 5000 delegates. "Our struggle is with those who put their own narrow interest ahead of the public interest."
a passionate plea for traditional Democratic values protecting the poor
and the afflicted, Kennedy drew a sharp contrast between his party and
a Bush administration he said had burned its bridges with the rest of
the world. [...]
The entire article is fairly bland. Certainly, they do repeat
several sharp criticizms of President Bush. One might hypothesize
that al-Jazeera has an agenda: they want to portray Bush in a
negative light. On the other hand, perhaps they simply are
reporting what they see and hear at the convention.
They have one other article about the Convention on the
English-language version of their website:
Tuesday 27 July 2004, 6:37 Makka Time, 3:37 GMT
The four-day US
Democratic national convention has opened in Boston amid praises
showered on John Kerry punctuated only by jibes at George Bush.
Calling Kerry - the Democratic challenger to President Bush in the November presidential election - a "good man, a great senator, a visionary leader", former US President Bill Clinton said only he could show Americans the way to a safer, more prosperous world.
At the convention, meant to confirm Kerry's nomination as the Democratic candidate for the November elections, Clinton on Monday capped a star line-up of speakers that also included former President Jimmy Carter and ex-vice president Al Gore.
"Tonight I speak as a citizen, eager to join you here in Boston as a foot soldier in the fight for our future, as we nominate a true New England patriot for president," Clinton said.
Though frail, the 80-year-old Carter was vocal in criticising President Bush.
"Truth is the foundation of our global leadership, but our credibility has been shattered and we are left increasingly isolated and vulnerable in a hostile world," Carter said.
"Without truth, without trust, America cannot flourish."
Bush's decision to launch a war in Iraq came in for a special roasting. Carter said the United States "cannot lead if our leaders mislead" and said Bush's agenda had polarised the country.
"You can't be a war president one day and claim to be a peace president the next, depending on the latest polls," Carter said. [...]
In contrast, look a the subtitles from the Convention coverage of two American newspapers: the Detroit Freep Press (liberal) and the Detroit News (conservative):
OBAMA CHIDES BUSH:
Jobs top Democrats' platform
Kilpatrick's star rises in Boston
Dems set aside squabbles
MSU student soaks up Boston
Networks skip Day 2 of rally
The Detroit News also includes the text of serveral of the speeches.
I notice that, indeed, there is little emphasis on the criticisms leveled against President Bush. The American newspapers seem reluctant to say much that is negative about our Dear Leader. Perhaps they are as close as lips and teeth. The news outlets are the lips; the Administation, the teeth.
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