Columbia Journalism Review - Latest Stories - NYT Gives a (Very Reluctant) Kudos to Al Jazeera
By Ron Howell And the award for coverage of the Haitian cholera epidemic goes to … No, not The New York Times, nor The Washington Post, nor even the Miami Herald. No it goes to Al Jazeera, the news organization that found the cause of the epidemic and told the world about it. Al Jazeera, the Arab world’s version of our AP broadcast, is like an upstart intruder, trying to build a reputation in the self-denominated land of the free press. Last December, Al Jazeera won a DuPont Award for its “uncompromising look at the shortcomings of international aid and peacekeeping in Haiti … after the devastating earthquake” and for “reminding the world that the survivors still face urgent crises.” How did the New York reading public come to learn lately of Al Jazeera’s journalistic coup?
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