Paul Janensch, a former newspaper editor and professor of journalism, wrote a column in a Florida newspaper about changing perceptions of Al Jazeera English in the United States.
Only a few U.S. cable systems carry Al-Jazeera English — none in Florida, as far as I can tell.
But it is available from satellite TV services. And you can see it on its website, aljazeera.com
Some American pundits and politicians have accused Al-Jazeera — which means “the peninsula” in Arabic — of being pro-Arab. Well, it is. Just as American news services are pro-American.
But it also is pro-democracy, which has made it an enemy to authoritarian regimes in North Africa and the Middle East.
In the United States, government officials and TV news operations are watching Al-Jazeera English for its coverage of the turmoil over there.
They think Al-Jazeera is doing a professional job. So did the judges for the DuPont-Columbia Awards.