Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Al-Jazeera America Is Shutting Down
Yes, Pravda-on-the-Hudson is reporting that al-Jazeera,AKA Jihad TV is calling it quits here in the US.
After paying a cool $500 mill to acquire Al Gore's Current TV, the call went out to jihad-friendly writers and on air personalities everywhere to come aboard and preach dawa to America on the Emir of Qatar's dime. And they spent millions promoting al-Jazeera as a smart, new and happening thing.
Fortunately, American audiences never bought into it. Jihad TV started in August of 2013 with tops, 15,000 prime time viewers on a good night. No matter what, they were never able to get more than 20,000 to 30,000 viewers per night. And that was when things were going extremely well.
In addition, there was quite a bit of behind the scenes drama, micro-management and genuinely nasty behavior off screen involving the management and the staff, many of whom jumped ship or were fired. And there were lawsuits from former employees complaining of sexual harassment and anti-semitism at the Arab-owned station...what a surprise, eh?
Today, in a memo to the staff, Al Jazeera America’s chief executive, Al Anstey announced that Jihad TV was pulling the plug and would cease operations no later than April 30th. Instead, Anstey said they plan to expand their digital presence in the United States and “bring new global content into America.”
So we're not entirely rid of this Islamist propaganda outlet...they'll still have their website. But at least these swine are off the air. And speaking of swine, I've always wondered what the climate change groupies thought of Big Al profiting by selling a TV station to a country like Qatar that produces all that horrible petro-chemical energy?
At any event, good riddance.