January 8, 2013
Why America Needs Al Jazeera
Patrick Theros, The Daily Beast
I, for one, was delighted to learn this week that Qatar-based news organization Al Jazeera had purchased Al Gore’s Current TV in a savvy move to bring the Middle East’s most popular news channel to 40 million American homes. After previous efforts to enter the U.S. market had largely been blocked by misguided politics, a healthy dose of post 9-11 Islamophobia, and a general lack of knowledge about the Middle East and the role of Al Jazeera, the channel’s entry into mainstream America will finally help fill a large gap in the public’s understanding of the two thirds of the world which remains—short of conflict and controversy—underreported by most media in this country.
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