Militarizing The Police In America

Digby writes about it… superbly, as always… in Al Jazeera.

As Bryan of Why Now? notes, it’s getting to the point at which you have to turn to international sources to read the news. I may be old, but that means I can remember a time when that was not the case, when (e.g.) the now despicable Washington Post actually supported reporters who discovered what Richard Nixon was really up to. Not any more. Want articles on the militarization of the police in America? Don’t bother turning to WaPo. Want a reasonable perspective on #Occupy? Try the Guardian, not any of the California or New York newspapers. Our press has changed… almost entirely for the worse.

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  • upyernoz  On Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 8:22 am

    i’m a fan of al-jazeera too, but the channel (and web site) has its problems, mostly because it is funded by the qatari royal family. so i wouldn’t trust what it writes about qatar.

    every source has its problems. despite everything, i still think the NYT does a good job with international coverage. it helps to learn what each source’s problems are and keep them in mind when you consume news.

    • Steve  On Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

      ‘noz, I’ve often wondered: is Qatar held together with Qatar pins? OK, OK; I know, that was really bad.

      You are right in everything you say. NYT is decent on international coverage, but has a tendency in articles on domestic policy to editorialize on the news pages. I read Al-Jazeera mainly when someone links to it or when someone I “know” writes for it. Some news sources, e.g., the various major news sites in India, are useful specifically because they are not objective. And I confess genuine “newspaper envy” when it comes to the Guardian; we don’t really have anything quite like it here.

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