This is NOT what we lobbied our cable companies to carry!!!!! You left out the part we wanted. It would have been better if you had not started with Cable for your “AJ America” brand. Not if it means this.
That’s the top pf the AlJazeera America Web Page
It’s all about TV, as if they live in the 80′s. But we KNOW they know better. Why on earth don’t you launch this as a purely online venture and model how this news thing SHOULD be done, like you were ALREADY doing so well with Al Jazeera English? Now you’ve not only tethered yourself to Cable, but the absolutely greedy, selfish, gouging bastards that they are. The fast buck now (and how’s THAT going , since scarcely anyone can get this channel or it is exiled to the higher tiers, far away from CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and even BBC) is going to sink you in what Doc Searls has called the “bowling ball” of Cable (“Bowling ball for it’s bouyancy, which is none. See “News: Watching Cable Die” by Doc today)
Hint, folks at AJ: Use the same formula that got you on the map in the U.S. in the first place. The streaming the video. The citizen style journalism. Remember? The Arab Spring thing? People were abuzz at this great news coverage you were doing, BECAUSE IT WAS ALWAYS ON and ALWAYS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE? Did your supporters want a no-net, TV/Cable only version of this? Not at all.
Let the CableCos come begging to you to produce a cable version of the kind of coverage we already know YOU KNOW how to do, and quit fucking around with this Cable shit. All due respect. And I HAD quite a bit of it which is ebbing away the longer you play THEIR GAME.