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A while back, I posted capsule reviews of some English-language foreign news channels. Here are two more:

RT English- Bloody awful! I'm impressed that I didn't actually see Vladimir Putin's lips move when the journalists were talking. What really did it for me was the little bumper they had in between programs that had sad memorial-type music and words to the effect of "We remember MH17." Do you now? You probably remember watching it crash after you shot a rocket up its tailpipe. Decent production values, but blatant propaganda.

Watch it? Gawd, no.

i24 news (i24news.tv) A privately run network out of Israel. Marked pro-Israel stance. If you're just watching the top of the hour headlines, it's okay. If you watch any of their programs, caveat emptor. I caught some gaps in their research, for one thing. (On a retrospective of the Boston Marathon bombing, they noted that Massachusetts hasn't executed a prisoner in decades, but totally missed the fact that Tsarnaev's trial was federal, not state.) Also, for a country full of Anglos, they really could have done a better job hiring English speaking staff. (eg, one anchor kept pronouncing the second "b" in "bombing." While I've heard many Israelis make this mistake, you'd think *someone* on their production staff would have clued her in.

Watch it? Meh. Like I said earlier: okay for headlines, keep an eye on their other programming. They're a relatively new network, so maybe they just need to find their feet.
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