Overall AJE stops short of being anti-imperialist, notably in its pro-Western Libya and Syria reporting, destroying its residual goodwill in the process. Moreover, it downplayed anti-government Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state demonstrations and/or uprisings, notably in Bahrain with suggestions they're linked to Iran.
On March 20, Financial Times writers Roula Khalaf and Abeer Allam headlined, "Al-Jazeera's backing is key for coalition," saying:
AJE's "owners, the Qatari royal family (hosting America's CENTCOM Doha forward headquarters), are among those backing" NATO's Libya war. So does the Saudi monarchy and its media mouthpiece Al-Arabiya, airing anti-Gaddafi propaganda like AJE, despite Arab street opposition, exposing both operations as pro-Western tools, not reliable news, information and analysis.
Professor As'ad AbuKhalil agrees, recently saying AJE's "sinister" regional role got "worse, much worse. Yesterday, I was seething all day because it could not break from its annoying, obsessive non-stop (Libya) coverage to report the Israeli murder of Palestinian children." Instead it focused on Western bombing "successes."
"It seems that (AJE) now operates according to the Western standards by which Israeli victims are more precious than Palestinian" or Libyan ones, killed by IDF, Pentagon, and NATO terrorism.
As a result, AJE's pro-Western stance destroys whatever past credibility it had, an awareness growing numbers regionally and elsewhere understand and tune out.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed.
Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.