In America, On the Brooklyn Bridge, the NYPD asserts itself with approx. 700 arrests of peaceful protestors.

And did this make YOUR evening NEWS? If not, ask why not.

It did get prompt headline coverage by the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera.

Sharif tweets while Amanpour snags big time.

Democracy Now!’s  senior producer Sharif Kouddous is in Tahrir Square. Literally.  He has been twittering about everything from arrests of Amnesty International’s people to warning signals calling people to protect the entrances to Tahrir.  John Muir is in a hotel room with the blinds drawn. PBS’s Maureen Wagner informs viewers that she’s been informed it’s not safe in Cairo.  ABC’s Christiane Amanpour found her way to the presidential palace and snagged an exclusive with Mubarack–a sure fire ratings coup for American television.  How’d she get that front row face to face while Al Jazeera’s journalists are hunted in Cairo? That must have been a real string puller if there ever was one.  In America the BBC News gets 30 minutes on PBS. Diane Swayer literally stands on a map of the Middle East. Talking heads are soaking up American television limelights from soft safe seats.  If you’re wanting in depth substantial news coverage of significant events beyond Democracy Now!’s intense one hour daily newscast–then Al Jazeera English online offers great coverage. Hands down, you can’t  beat the breadth, range, depth and high quality of Al Jazeera English across the board.  Yet, here in America–if you want to access their outstanding journalism you’ve got to do it ONLINE.  Well, I’ve been, am and will continue to get it online as it sets the pace  for any other news media service in the world.  Sorry, BBC–they beat the reporting pants off you every time I compare and contrast coverage of world events.  Still, the BBC crew could back slap mainstream American journalists right through a Dr. Who wormhole with ease.  There’s no “think thin while you eat junk food” malarky eating up broadcast time from the BBC.  Though I wouldn’t be surprised if there haven’t been tea time features.

Well Sharif has just tweeted that men are jogging around the square yelling “Leave!”–If you’re curious about what else he’s tweeting from ground zero in Tahrir– http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/1/29/sharif_kouddous_reporting_live_from_cairo_egypt

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