Bucking the trend toward exiting the country, American TV networks sent more resources and air talent in... It's known as "big-footing."
Although its name literally means "island," many Westerners think of Al-Jazeera being more like the flame suggested by its on-screen logo of Arabic calligraphy... Heating the audience it reaches in the Islamic world with the unfiltered rhetoric Of Al-Qaeda and a reporting style the staid New York Times described as "manic," with a "heavy emphasis on Arab suffering and political crisis."
Al-Jazeera's pervasive presence in the Middle East has enabled it to provide the deepest reporting and most immediate video images of events in Egypt. And as events unfold in Cairo, the profile in the U.S. of Al-Jazeera English has risen as a result. Cable news outlets are using Al-Jazeera English feeds from the Mid-East, and relying on their Western-based, but native-born, Arab reporters as commentators.
|The Revolution is being Televised|
Audio Embed: All Things Considered 1/31/11,
Host Michele Norris with NPR's David Folkenflik