The Competition Between Al-Jazeera’s Arab News Diversity and US Channels: Content Analysis of Iraq War

Badreya Al-Jenaibi


This paper examines Al-Jazeera and CNN channels, as a source of news diversity. Also, to gain a broad and in-depth understanding of how culture affects news reporting, with a particular focus on the Arab culture as compared to American culture using Al-Jazeera as the Arab source of news and CNN as a western news source. One of the key issues will considered is the role of news, diversity of news, organization in society and in international relations. Another key issue is an examination of the variety of CNN and Al-Jazeera’s Arab culture news organizations, its methods, reporting style, technologies used, etc. the content analysis of 7 transcripts, related to the beginning of Iraq War, from 2003 to 2005, during President Bush presidency, from both channels used to diminish the differences between them. The research questions are: in what ways does Al-Jazeera compare to a Western news organization like the CNN? In what ways do specific news reports from Al-Jazeera compare to American news reports of the same event? The Literature Review includes different perceptions, concepts, content analysis and transcripts from both channels, Al-Jazeera and CNN. The topic of this research is the competition between Al-Jazeera’s Arab news diversity and US channels in the USA. The research, then, is to examine how news influences the way that people make meaning regarding events. The study focus will be on the Arabian Gulf media, power of Al-Jazeera and the comparison between the Western and eastern media specially Iraq war news. The author fined that Al-Jazeera has faster grown market in the west than CNN. In spite of its bias news it broadcasts different news than CNN and western channels. Furthermore, there is a need of further studies about the comparisons between Western and Eastern media. Keywords: Al-Jazeera and CNN; News reporting; Al-Jazeera global power; Social media theory.

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