At 7 p.m. March 30, almost every seat at the Catherine Cummings Theatre was taken, awaiting a speech by the executive producer of programming in the London bureau of Al Jazeera English, Rebecca Lipkin.
Lipkin brought information with her that the majority of America is still waiting to hear, the whole story. Not focusing in on any one of the world conflicts that dirty more than the Middle East, Al Jazeera's aim is to give full coverage of places and events that have not been covered before, and from all sides.
In a world where Americans are hypnotized by the death of a celebrity and the birth of the next, Lipkin ponders if people in America even care about foreign news. She stated, "I do not want to believe that. The world is watching and America is not."
Al Jazeera English, which is the world's first English-language news channel headquartered in the Middle East, does not have pressure to conform to societal demands and to compete for ratings like many American media programs. Al Jazeera is not biased, and is considered the closest to moderate reporting. Lipkin said that "There are moderate voices that want to be heard throughout the world."
The audience, which consisted of a variety of faces from the community and a few from Cazenovia College, took full advantage of the question and answer session at the end of the speech.
One member of the audience spoke up, posing an interesting question. Also a difficult one, "If peace is the main goal, and I think it is. Is Democracy necessary to achieve peace?"
Lipkin could not directly answer his question but she did comment that people need to realize that in order to judge success in society, they should compare the present with what the society was like 10 or 20 years ago. She states that Iraq was a secular country. A country with a plan to change in the future. However, everyone is familiar with the how things turned out in Iraq. Lipkin suggests, "Lots of other countries have terrible leaders." Many ideas are left unchallenged in American news media.
Information about Al Jazeera can be found at aljazeera.net.
Brandi Moyer SGA, Public Relations Chair The Quad, Associate Editor Yearbook Staff, Copy Editor All College Honors, Public Relations Officer President's Retention Workgroup, Student Member Integrated Marketing/Communication Committee Peer Tutor/ Student Mentor Cazenovia College Volleyball #2