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Al-Jazeera America launches today

Published: Tue, August 20, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


In a warren of offices at a former bank building near Madison Square Garden, dozens of journalists are at work on gleaming new electronic equipment, ready to turn their test runs of Al-Jazeera America into the real thing.

The Qatar-based news organization finally will establish a firm foothold on American television today after a decade of trying. At 3 p.m. EDT, Al Gore’s former Current TV will turn out the lights in more than 45 million TV homes, replaced by the new U.S. affiliate of Al-Jazeera.

The network has hired many veterans of U.S. television, including John Seigenthaler, Joie Chen, Antonio Mora and Sheila MacVicar, and is promising a meaty diet of news that it believes will contrast with the opinionated talk that dominates American news networks.

“We’re breaking in with something that we think is unique and are confident, with our guts and some research, that the American people are looking for,” said Kate O’Brian, the former ABC News executive who is Al-Jazeera America’s president.


1Robert_Neville(123 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

How can this country bring this news network to America. They run on there middle east broadcasts death to America. If people think this is news then they need to look at the facts on what it really tells you.

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2kurtw(938 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree. Bringing them in is about the same as opening your door to a home invader. Here, come on in, we want to make it as easy for you as possible, right?

I'd like to see Al Gore taken to the Middle East and subjected to the kind of treatment they reserve for "Infidels".

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