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CNN's 'Reliable Sources' takes on Al Jazeera America's first week

My take: new channel expands conversation of democracy

By David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

5:50 PM EDT, August 25, 2013

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Al Jazeera America's premiere week was one of the topics discussed on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

Eric Deggans, a longtime friend and colleague, was guest host. Mohammed el-Nawawy, author of "Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism," and I were guests.

My argument: Al Jazeera America, with its emphasis on diversity and identification with non-elite populations, expands the conversation of democracy in mainstream media. And that's a good thing.

Check it out.