All right then, YOU REPORT so that I CAN decide.
Al Jazeera television, sometimes described as the Arab CNN, has come under new rounds of criticism from the US and British governments, and many American media outlets in the first few days of the Iraqi war. I don't necessarily want to defend everything they put on their air, but the specific current criticisms are misplaced.
Basically they have gotten grief, and even accusations of violating the Geneva conventions for airing graphic war footage. Most especially, they ran and re-ran a few minutes of Iraqi government footage of American POWs from the first few days of the war, and of dead American soldiers bodies being desecrated. This just infuriates Westerners generally, and Americans most particularly. A day or two before that, they were getting great grief for showing ugly footage of what the Iraqi government claims are civilian casualties of US bombings.
These things fall under the category of "shooting the messenger". Al Jazeera did not kill or abuse the American soldiers- that would be the Iraqi government.
I fully appreciate that this footage is upsetting, particularly to the families of the American dead and captured. Damn, I don't know words for what kind of emotions would be coming up if I was looking at footage like this featuring some of my people.
However, this is a good part of exactly why this footage should be shown not just on al Jazeera, but on American news networks. Indeed, I'd go so far as to say that Fox News and CNN and MSNBC are absolutely derelict in their journalistic duty for NOT showing this stuff. You know, "We report. You decide."
How can I properly decide when I don't have all the facts? I do NOT go to the news channels in order to find out what to think. I go looking for facts and information on which to base my own judgment.