Within the first five minutes on the air on Tuesday, Al Jazeera America took aim at the American media during its opening segment, and it even took some subtle shots at conservative hosts including Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and, yes, Glenn Beck.
The promotional video aired for the first hour of the network's domestic debut. And while it flashed patriotic images of the Capitol, the American flag waving proudly, and men in uniform, it also made clear that it's ready for a fight.
"News audiences know what they're missing, and they know what they want," a narrator says at about the 5:48 mark. And if you look closely, you'll notice some similar faces:
Did you catch it? Here's a screen shot:
Another woman says after, "I do think that different channels, that the news is slanted in different directions. And I think we have to decide what we want to listen to, what we can assimilate the best.”
The segment included “man-on-the-street” interviews of people lamenting the lack of balanced news coverage currently available.
“I’m always amazed at how American-centric the news is here,” says a man wearing a Dairy Queen T-shirt on a New York street with the Empire State Building visible behind him.
Another man tells the off-camera Al Jazeera America interviewer, “We don’t always feel like we’re getting fed the truth and the whole story.”
A man wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with the initials “NRA” (though we don’t know if it’s the National Rifle Association) says, “If you talk about the mass media such as TV and print papers the mainstream, I think it’s abysmal. It’s just not news coverage, it’s plain and simple opinion and brainwashing."
The segment also includes clips of Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain praising Al Jazeera’s coverage.
As TheBlaze reported, Beck argued on TheBlaze TV Tuesday night that Al Jazeera has “always been anti-American,” and that slant has “really never gone away.” The criticism of the anti-U.S bias explains the copious patriotic images the network presented in its first hour.
It would be foolish to pretend the network is “just like the BBC,” Beck added.