Al Jazeera might be critically acclaimed, but the network appears to carry little weight with Time Warner. As news broke last night that Al Jazeera had acquired Current TV and was planning to change it to Al Jazeera America, Time Warner was cutting the cord.
There has been no official word from Time Warner on why, exactly, it decided to drop Current TV right in the middle of programming. That is, nothing beyond “Our agreement with Current will be terminated and we will no longer be carrying the channel.” However, you don’t have to be an expert to surmise that it might be politically motivated.
Al Jazeera has in the past been accused of being anti-American and even worse, pro terrorist. When Al Jazeera English launched, its managing director, Al Anstey, told the Huffington Post, “In the United States of America, there were myths and misconceptions that needed to be tackled about what Al Jazeera stood for and what Al Jazeera English stood for and stands for.”
Now, with Al Jazeera America on the horizon, either those same stereotypes appear to have creeped back, or Time Warner simply doesn’t trust Al Jazeera to deliver ratings. Current TV, after all, was well known for its abysmal numbers; and Time Warner already carries Al Jazeera English. The only thing that is clear? Al Jazeera has plenty of work ahead.
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