CNN finally seems to have woken up from their nap today and has started covering the Ukraine crisis in a serious way, and it took the Russian Parliament voting for military action for them to do so. Not that there wasn’t ominous stuff going on in that part of the world before today, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at my TV machine.
Once again, I’m completely frustrated by the lack of international news coverage in the American media. I like MSNBC for the political stuff–yes, I admit it, they reflect my bias–but they’re better on the domestic stuff. I can’t take Fox News for the constant Obama bashing–I think that’s their full-time job at this point. And CNN has been useless lately. Endless Oscars specials and Justin Bieber gossip, while the world has been coming apart at the seams. Were they joking about the “News” part of their name?
So I’ve been left with Al Jazeera. They’ve been doing in-depth reporting on the Ukraine, and it’s been quality reporting that doesn’t appear to be too heavily biased in one direction or another. I realize that a lot of people wouldn’t touch Al Jazeera, mainly because of who has created and owns the channel. All I can say to that is that I would gladly watch American news channels if they improved their coverage of the world outside our borders. But as long as they continue focusing on awards show red carpet BS, I don’t have too many options.