I realized I should probably clarify:
July 17, 2012
You probably know this, but just in case the point of the image wasn’t clear from the picture alone, Al Jazeera is better than the New York Times not because the title was more well-written or funny or anything like that. Rather, the point of the image is that the New York Times is a biased, problematic tool for the corporate media to represent and propagate a neoliberal perspective on important world events.
So we see something like the protests that have broken out in response to the self-immolation in Israel and read the titles from two publications covering it and the stories are two entirely different stories, representing incompatible accounts of what is happening in the world. I think that disparity is rooted in the fact that the New York Times is consistently biased and partial toward the ruling class.
The pun in the Al Jazeera title is pretty bad but I think it’s cool that they’re actually covering the news and what is happening in the world and not intentionally downplaying the growing unrest in Israel. Russia Today is the only international news provider that I prefer to Al Jazeera.
EDIT: Reading the responses to this is really interesting. I’m learning lots, thanks tumblr friends! There is obviously no room for unproblematic media within capitalism. Still, Al Jazeera and Russia Today tend to represent facts in a way that seems more consistent with reality, in my humble opinion - at least in terms of international protest news.