Al Jazeera America should aspire higher than cable competitors

  • Article by: JOHN RASH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 9:35 AM

The new news network should set its sights on globally focused, leading media brands.

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mnbusdrAug. 23, 13 7:14 PM

Unfortunately, this new network will only pull viewers from PBS and MSNBC. Fox viewers will have nothing to do with expert analysis or shades of gray.

davehougAug. 23, 13 7:35 PM

Straight information. Time spent on issues. Would be funny if they were better capitalists than the entertainment driven ratings-hungry sound-bites we get now.

jjsbrwAug. 23, 13 9:07 PM

I'm pretty certain most right and left hard liners do not want straightforward, unbiased reporting. They are choir members looking for a preacher. Welcome to america, al Jazeera. Good luck.

honeybooAug. 23, 1310:14 PM

Al Jazeera has entered the market undifferentiated from the 3 broadcast news networks and 2 cable news networks. Roger Ailes, founder of FOX, once said he found a new niche market - 55% of America. That's why Fox kills in ratings.

ruphinaAug. 23, 1311:10 PM

Wow! Talk about setting the bar low!. Asking them to emulate PBS, NPR, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times is ludicrous, considering 4 of those five are loony leftist shills and the 5th is a business newspaper, not a "news" gathering operation. All 4 of your shining examples are just as or more biased than Fox News, but twice as despicable because they insist they aren't. I guess it is not too surprising to see this written by a Strib editorialist, as your board is just as far off the deep end. Bill G.

comment229Aug. 24, 13 5:31 AM

Why not give it a chance?

comment229Aug. 24, 13 5:35 AM

Equating MPR with any media outlet is not fair to the other media outlet.... I listed often to MPR and PBS.... simply the best.

norselandcAug. 24, 13 6:55 AM

All of these networks (except Fox) currently provide higher quality news programming to the rest of the world than they do for Americans. The CNN you see in Europe is as good as PBS in the states. They routinely do 5-10 minute features from around the world that go in-depth on the topic, with no BREAKING NEWS trailer constantly scrolling. Al Jezeera is similar in its high-quality news programming. Hopefully AJ will lead the way to a new level of cable TV journalism in the US. We could sure use a new standard of quality.

motAug. 24, 13 7:46 AM

In providing a more world wide view, it was reported that Al J had more reporting on climate change in its first day than the four 'news' networks in this country had done so far this year. That ain't gonna work. We only want the news that Americans believe in and not that stuff we might look silly avoiding.

bcarter3669Aug. 24, 13 7:51 AM

As most of the "news" organizations yesterday were leading with the horrific news of Ben Affleck playing Batman, AJAM was doing a story on the challenges of middle class Americans running small businesses. I for one say welcome to the airwaves.


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