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Al Jazeera executive producer Robert Wheelock told the PBS Newshour that what the network was seeking was not financial rewards, but access to American viewers.  “Access, access across this country, across the United States, something that we tried in various forms to gain.”  Wheelock admitted that Al Jazeera management has aggressively pursued this kind of access, and they were willing to risk financial instability of the outlet in order to acquire it.

Still, it is possible the Al Jazeera management had not anticipated the extent of bad financial news it has received. After the announcement of the deal, Time Warner decided to drop Al Jazeera from its lineup.  This loss is likely to lead to a severe decline in cash flow for the network in 2013, during which it may drop as much as 76%, according to analysts.  Based upon this analysis, some say it is possible that Al Jazeera America will have to drop its license fees to $0.

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But for an empire like Al Jazeera, whose finances appear limitless, the newly acquired access to the minds of tens of millions of American viewers is apparently priceless.

 

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  1. This story spotlights just how far off the left in America and the world has veered from morality and justice. But, the sad reality is that this is the way the majority of the world has gone as well. Yesterday I read a story about the rampant antisemitism displayed in Ireland. Norway, to my surprise has such a problem with antisemitism that it's institutionalized in their government. There are countless antisemitic web sites, and the list goes on and on. But, none of this is anything new. The Jewish people have been a favorite punching bag of the world for as long as Judaism has been around. I find the self hating Jews to be the most disturbing. It's inexcusable for any Jewish journalist to display such disdain for their own people. Have Jewish activist partake in antisemitic hate campaigns against Israel, who wave Palestinian flags around. Have Jewish students throughout America join Israel apartheid or boycott Israel events. How a tiny religion of fourteen million people can be the cause of all the worlds problems is ridiculous and totally illogical. But, none of this stops me from continuing to do battle with any of these people. Why, because I know that Judaism is for the most part a good and descent religion, that emphasizes morality, doing what's right over doing what's easy, and provides a blueprint on how to lead a respectable life and skills necessary to navigate through life's challenges and struggles. In fact, I am convinced that if people spent some time learning about Judaism and how it is life focused and morally centered, the world would be a much better place. I am certainly no Torah scholar by any means. But, even the tiny amount I am aware of proved to me that Judaism is a worthy religion. I don't consider being Jewish a curse. To the contrary, I believe it's a blessing. That's why I will continue to support and defend Israel. I don't care who it is, if I learn of some antisemitic rant, you can be sure they will hear from me. I am a strong believer in putting our oppressors in their place with swift and powerful counterattacks whether it be militarily or any other way. Let the world understand that there will be a heavy price to pay if anyone messes with us. The only way we lose is if we beat ourselves by not showing solidarity and not being proud of who we are.

  2. Gore's statement of purpose would be laughable if it wasn't so laughable. When he uses the term "like-minded" is he indicating that his views are as mundane, controlled by government pressure, and outright prejudice, as Al Jazeera?

  3. You are right and I am so discussed by it i would like to move to another planet. Al Jazeera does not report the truth and lies. It will also have one agenda in English, a sweet tone, and a very different one , barbaric, in Arabic. I cannot stand the self hating Jews . They are traitor to their people and to their culture. They are usually virulent anti Israel and anti Semite.Ii am a christian and i am very pro Israel and always will be. Al Gore is a pro Muslim and an anti Semite. He is a man without honor and amoral.

  4. "The release by Gore and his partner described their efforts at Current Media as having been driven by a few central goals:

    To give voice to those who are not typically heard…"

    I thought Hamas and every other Jew Hater has been "heard" loud and clear.

  5. In a totally unrelated episode, I discovered that that this could mean simply that he has a misogynistic view of women, as did Lawrence of Arabia, and that is how he fits in with the Al Jezeera crowd 😉

  6. You got it right. America has been losing credibility on its own, it is fumbling for acceptance, for wealth-resource allies, even at the throes of trading the whole gamut of American spirit. What aggravates the scenario on Israel's part is really the anti-Jewish Jews. Despicable, flabbergasting is their ignorance, despising what Israel stands for, waiving their divine heritage. Preferring fads, identifying with aimless, nameless mobs …

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