Al-Jazeera English: TV You Can’t Watch on TV

As street protests toppled dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, many Americans turned to Al-Jazeera English for the most comprehensive, informed coverage of those historic developments. But they mostly weren’t watching the channel on television. That’s...
Public TV? It Would Be a Good Idea

Public TV? It Would Be a Good Idea

Asked by a reporter what he thought of Western civilization, Mahatma Gandhi supposedly replied, “I think it would be a good idea.” The same could be said about U.S. public television. Public TV was created 40 years ago because the public understood that...

The Lessons of WikiLeaks

For the last few years, the war in Afghanistan seemed to be an afterthought in the U.S. media. That all changed in a hurry with the publication of tens of thousands of classified intelligence documents by the website WikiLeaks. Those files were shared with several...

I Play an Objective Expert on TV

When you’re cruising past the cable news channels, do you ever find yourself wondering who are those folks pontificating on TV chat shows? A new investigation provides some answers—along with lots of questions about what the cable channels are hiding from...