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(Washington Free Beacon)   The Al Jazeera News network is to news as NBC's sitcom Community is to comedy   (freebeacon.com) divider line 135
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2013-10-09 12:08:37 PM
Nobody wants to watch news that doesn't have lots of flashy graphics and ominous music.
 
2013-10-09 12:13:52 PM
you mean too smart for an american audience?
 
2013-10-09 12:14:36 PM

FlashHarry: you mean too smart for an american audience?


Pretty much.
 
2013-10-09 12:15:24 PM

FlashHarry: you mean too smart for an american audience?


Cool. Cool cool cool.
 
2013-10-09 12:16:13 PM
I prefer to get all my news from a large media conglomerates whose ad revenues depend on multinational corporations.

They're the only one you can trust to give you the straight dope.
 
2013-10-09 12:17:07 PM
Universally praisesd but not watched by me?
 
2013-10-09 12:17:42 PM
iPhone-like typing detected

/praised
 
2013-10-09 12:21:41 PM
This coming from Washington Free Bacon
 
2013-10-09 12:23:55 PM
What am I supposed to do with this information?
 
2013-10-09 12:25:51 PM
choosepp.net
Did someone just say "Free Bacon?" 'cause I thought I heard someone say "Free Bacon!"
 
2013-10-09 12:26:46 PM

sigdiamond2000: What am I supposed to do with this information?


Knit it into something useful to me.
 
2013-10-09 12:28:03 PM

choo: [choosepp.net image 636x130]
Did someone just say "Free Bacon?" 'cause I thought I heard someone say "Free Bacon!"


Free bacon is a lie.
 
2013-10-09 12:35:21 PM
I just don't see the point of AJAM.

If I want unbiased hard hitting journalism, I can always turn to CNN.
 
2013-10-09 12:40:00 PM
Should we trust Free Bacon's position on Al Jazeera?
 
2013-10-09 12:45:48 PM
I would watch it if cablcos and telcos carried it
 
2013-10-09 12:47:24 PM
Government owned news?  Ya, I'd trust that.
 
2013-10-09 12:47:42 PM
I like Al Jazeera.  There.  I said it.  It was the best coverage of the Nairobi Mall situation.  It provides news...and goes light on the opinion.  Its almost like...the opposite of CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.
 
2013-10-09 12:49:38 PM

I_C_Weener: I like Al Jazeera.  There.  I said it.  It was the best coverage of the Nairobi Mall situation.  It provides news...and goes light on the opinion.  Its almost like...the opposite of CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.


It's amazing what you can cover if you're not trying to make ungodly profits for shareholders.
 
2013-10-09 12:50:27 PM
I get AJAM where I am and I watched it recently for the first time. I can honestly say it was odd having NEWS reported without any detectable bias, commentary, etc. I think I will watch it more often. The only issue is my cable carrier only provides it in standard def and that's annoying.
 
2013-10-09 12:51:14 PM

I_C_Weener: I like Al Jazeera.  There.  I said it.  It was the best coverage of the Nairobi Mall situation.  It provides news...and goes light on the opinion.  Its almost like...the opposite of CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.



It's like they have an appreciation for facts and reality.

And I think they recognize that, yes, some opinions are dumb.
 
2013-10-09 12:52:07 PM

Blues_X: And I think they recognize that, yes, some opinions are dumb.


I don't think they're always dumb, but I think they're usually unnecessary.
 
2013-10-09 12:52:21 PM
I think the folks who love foreign owned media have already settled on FOXNews.
 
2013-10-09 12:53:49 PM
I have a friend who works in production and got a job with AJAM. He also happens to be a NASCAR fan. He couldn't wait to go to a race or two like he does every year, meet some of the down-home type folks, and  mention who he works for just to see the reactions.
"So what do you do?"
"I work for Al Jazeera."
"You gad dang mooslim tray-tor!"
 
2013-10-09 01:00:19 PM
Al Jazeera has Alison Brie wearing tank tops?
 
2013-10-09 01:03:09 PM

netizencain: Government owned news?  Ya, I'd trust that.


Like I said, you have to rely on large corporations to give you the straight dope.
 
2013-10-09 01:07:52 PM
Oh Jeez, -error.
 
2013-10-09 01:28:08 PM

I_C_Weener: I like Al Jazeera.  There.  I said it.  It was the best coverage of the Nairobi Mall situation.  It provides news...and goes light on the opinion.  Its almost like...the opposite of CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.


I agree. It's like CNN used to be when I was in college, or maybe Headline News. Anyway, I think the major thing keeping me from watching Al Jazeera more is that it's not in HD. Why do I want to squint at standard definition programming?
 
2013-10-09 01:30:49 PM

netizencain: Government owned news?  Ya, I'd trust that.


newsimg.bbc.co.uk

you were saying?
 
2013-10-09 01:31:23 PM

cambie: Anyway, I think the major thing keeping me from watching Al Jazeera more is that it's not in HD.


I understand where you're coming from, but seriously, this is the saddest reason to keep CNN/MSNBC/Fox alive.

/first world problems, my sweet fanny
 
2013-10-09 01:48:04 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I prefer to get all my news from a large media conglomerates whose ad revenues depend on multinational corporations.

They're the only one you can trust to give you the straight dope.


Right. Few trust a network that only a decade ago was actively aiding Osama bin Laden and is currently funded by oil money from Arab states.
 
2013-10-09 01:48:27 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: I just don't see the point of AJAM.

If I want unbiased hard hitting journalism, I can always turn to CNN.


It's cute you think Al Jazeera is unbiased.
 
2013-10-09 01:49:34 PM
They sure are trying hard to disparage AJ America.  Doesn't matter to me, I'm gonna keep avoiding CNN and the rest, aside from the BBC.

I'm sick to death of 'journalism' that's more concerned with profit margins than the actual news of the day.
 
2013-10-09 01:50:44 PM
They should have just taken on the TNN call letters and gone with "Terrorist News Network"
 
2013-10-09 01:51:22 PM
the-opposition.com
 
2013-10-09 01:54:39 PM

Lucky LaRue: Nobody wants to watch news that doesn't have lots of flashy graphics and ominous music.


It's going to start light on opinion, heavy on actual news, and evolve into the same demagoguery as every other news station once it gets established. It's what they do and how they make money. But instead of 'red' or 'blue' this one is going after 'mooslim' or similar specific ethnics/religious targeting.
 
2013-10-09 01:57:18 PM

kroonermanblack: Lucky LaRue: Nobody wants to watch news that doesn't have lots of flashy graphics and ominous music.

It's going to start light on opinion, heavy on actual news, and evolve into the same demagoguery as every other news station once it gets established. It's what they do and how they make money. But instead of 'red' or 'blue' this one is going after 'mooslim' or similar specific ethnics/religious targeting.


Want to know how I know you're completely ignorant of the topic at hand?
 
2013-10-09 02:00:22 PM

Mrbogey: Marcus Aurelius: I prefer to get all my news from a large media conglomerates whose ad revenues depend on multinational corporations.

They're the only one you can trust to give you the straight dope.

Right. Few trust a network that only a decade ago was actively aiding Osama bin Laden and is currently funded by oil money from Arab states.


If you want to look at it that way, knock your socks off.  I see it as proof that their reporting is unconstrained by Western corporations and media interests.

I guess the BBC can't be trusted either, what with the British burning down the White House back in 1812 and all.
 
2013-10-09 02:02:47 PM
Unfortunately, a lot of Americans are so afraid of anything that even sounds like it might have to do with Islam or the Arab world that they would rather watch Headline News than this station. The other news channels have done little to dissuade them of that, often characterizing Al Jazeera as being pro-terrorist and anti-American, both of which are not true.

Unless these attitudes change or the network is rebranded, they won't take the time to understand that Al Jazeera is a top-notch news organization that is as much about Islam as the Christian Science Monitor is about Christian Science.

/Me, I don't waste my time with cable news of any sort.
 
2013-10-09 02:12:11 PM
I don't get it in my area. So i have to make do with this stream.
 
2013-10-09 02:12:45 PM
Mustafa and Abed in the mooooooooooornin.
 
2013-10-09 02:16:02 PM
I'm just not sure what the Qataris are up to.  They aren't making any real money on AJA via cable subscription fees.  It's a money-loser vanity/propaganda outlet. Which is fine, if that's how you want to spend your money.

But if you're just  to get your message across... a lot more people were watching AJE by streaming (including Rokus and Chromecasts and all) and FTA satellite than are watching AJA today.
 
2013-10-09 02:16:37 PM

FlashHarry: netizencain: Government owned news?  Ya, I'd trust that.

[newsimg.bbc.co.uk image 464x261]

you were saying?


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23304575

About 1:05 in or so.  What we do know is that Trayvon Martin was tackled by George Zimmerman..

Also, it starts with them saying GZ said he didn't shoot TM, which isn't what he was on trial for.

Yeah, BBC news, totally trustworthy and not biased at all.
 
2013-10-09 02:17:26 PM

Mrbogey: Marcus Aurelius: I prefer to get all my news from a large media conglomerates whose ad revenues depend on multinational corporations.

They're the only one you can trust to give you the straight dope.

Right. Few trust a network that only a decade ago was actively aiding Osama bin Laden and is currently funded by oil money from Arab states.


No, lots of people trust Fox News. That's the problem.
 
2013-10-09 02:17:31 PM
It'll be great for two seasons, middling for a third, and so bad in the fourth you forget why you started watching it to begin with?
 
2013-10-09 02:17:31 PM
The thing is, Al Jazeera was never going to get decent starting numbers. There's too much residual suspicion for that. The way they make it work is to not even pay attention to the ratings and just keep chugging along as they are. Let people find them one by one and let word of mouth do the job. They essentially need to take the MLS approach.

They're not going to rebrand. The goal is to change perception of Al Jazeera. You can't do that under another name.
 
2013-10-09 02:19:25 PM
I fear Al Jazeera America is gonna quickly evolve into a joke like CNN. They hired the VP of ABC News to run the network and the Al Jazeera English website has already been replaced by the AJ America website.

The new website has a lot less content, more mainstream U.S. stories and no longer allows you to stream either Al Jazeera English, or Al Jazeera America for that matter.

We were better off with a proper Al Jazeera instead of the American "lite version."
 
2013-10-09 02:21:50 PM

Lucky LaRue: Nobody wants to watch news that doesn't have lots of flashy graphics and ominous music.


They can't possibly compete against that much stock footage of clouds!
 
2013-10-09 02:22:46 PM

Hoopy Frood: [the-opposition.com image 600x600]


If that's how you think MSNBC works, you're a fool. If you're going for balance or trolling, you're trying too hard.  It's closer to this:

MSNBC: Coke is a fine beverage, but the President drinks Pepsi, and the Coke-loving Republicans can't stand it, even though some of them drank Pepsi just yesterday.
 
2013-10-09 02:24:04 PM
I have to give them credit for staying in business longer than I had originally expected.
 
2013-10-09 02:26:15 PM

pkellmey: I have to give them credit for staying in business longer than I had originally expected.


Qatar has a lot of money. They can keep this going as long as they damn well please.
 
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