I have to admit, oddly, I agree about AlJazeera. I worked in info-ops (essentially) in the U.S. military, and while you'd get the periodic colonel hot under the collar about them or some grunt who hated them, the people in the military who had to deal with AlJazeera preferred them to a lot of other organizations. They have a cultural bias, like anyone does, but aside from that their primary concern seems to be, "no filters." They aren't like stupid Western journalists who think they will somehow be objective, but to get as close to it as possible, they pretty much let the cameras roll and catch what is there, and that's what they broadcast. Still, as far as getting U.S. news from them, the greatest value there is really for people in
the U.S. getting a view on what the outside world sees.
For someone outside the U.S., NPR is pretty fair in their reporting. The commentary has a left slant depending what station you listen to, but I'm a libertarian and I never felt their actual reporting was slanted.
For off-the-beaten track, I actually really like http://en.wikinews.org/
. It has the obvious pitfalls, but still does pretty good, and provides an additional window if you like to self-aggregate and want to get an idea of the general big picture to start from.