Do you want a little jihad to go with your liberal viewpoint television? You sure will now!
Al-Jazeera, famous for anti-US viewpoints that almost caused a diplomatic row in 2005 between the Bush White House and the Qatari government, will now take over a network that nobody watches. Oh, that’s right, Al-Jazeera is a government owned mouthpiece from the Middle East and Current TV averages 42,000 viewers during prime-time programming.
Only the population of a small suburb is watching Current TV at anytime yet Al-Jazeera bought out Al Gore and pals for $500 million?!?
You don’t think they want to get their propaganda across really badly, do you? Oh yes, let’s slowly brainwash Americans in the cultural war for mindshare, is what the amir (think monarchy) and his family are thinking with this expensive purchase.
Brace yourselves for the onslaught of verbal attacks that you are not open-minded enough to handle an alternate viewpoint if you don’t like Al-Jazeera taking over the airwaves in the U.S.
And I am one who enjoys Japan’s NHK and the U.K.’s BBC among other non-U.S. media sources.
No thanks, I am not interested in being brainwashed by a viewpoint that America bad, Islamic caliphate good. I will not be watching the newly branded Current TV/Al Jazeera English other than for laughs and to dissect the tales being told.
From MSN.com and AP:
“Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach in the U.S. nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that cofounder Al Gore couldn’t make relevant.
The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV’s mission “to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling.”
The acquisition lifts Al-Jazeera’s reach beyond a few large U.S. metropolitan areas including New York and Washington, where about 4.7 million homes can now watch Al-Jazeera English.
Al-Jazeera, owned by the government of Qatar, plans to gradually transform Current into a network called Al-Jazeera America by adding five to 10 new U.S. bureaus beyond the five it has now and hiring more journalists. More than half of the content will be U.S. news and the network will have its headquarters in New York, spokesman Stan Collender said.”