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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Watching the debut this week of Al Jazeera America, I couldn't help but remember reviewing the first week of Erin Burnett's show on CNN in October 2011. I say this not to rip Burnett again, but because her attitude toward the Occupy Wall Street protesters in that first week in 2011 offers such a clean snapshot of the difference in orientation between CNN and Al Jazeera America. And it's important to understand that difference, because unlike Fox News and MSNBC, which wave their ideological flags openly, CNN and Al Jazeera America both claim to be doing down-the-middle, straight journalism.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
From the first days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when I saw Ayman Mohyeldin and his NBC News crew under fire from police in Israel, I have been thinking how much we have come to take TV reporters for granted in places like the Middle East. So, here are a few words of praise. I wrote about Mohyeldin and his team holding up their camera and shouting "journalists" in three languages as stun grenades and rubber bullets were fired in their direction on July 2. Al Jazeera America was the first to sense the importance of the story on June 30 when the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been kidnapped were found.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Six months in, there is more to say about Al Jazeera America than that its ratings stink. But that's about the only thing I see written about the Qatar-owned cable channel these days. The ratings are minuscule - about one-half the audience that Al Gore's wreck of a channel, Current TV, was drawing before Al Jazeera bought it in 2013 to gain access to American homes. As of last month, Al Jazeera America was averaging about 10,000 viewers at any given time of the day, while CNN had 272,000, MSNBC 349,000 and Fox News 924,000.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
The grisly discovery Monday of the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been abducted June 12 as they hitchhiked home from a West Bank settlement yeshiva set off a week of mounting violence in the region. Israel blamed Hamas and promised and delivered retribution in the West Bank, blowing up the homes of the alleged murderers and launching dozens of air strikes. Hamas threatened back, saying that “the gates of hell would open” if Israel went too far. On Wednesday, a Palestinian teen was abducted and killed, and a Palestinian official blamed “extremist Jewish settlers” as Arabs and Israelis battled in the streets of East Jerusalem.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
  Al Jazeera America's premiere week was one of the topics discussed on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday. Eric Deggans, a longtime friend and colleague, was guest host. Mohammed el-Nawawy, author of "Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism," and I were guests. My argument: Al Jazeera America, with its emphasis on diversity and identification with non-elite populations, expands the conversation of democracy in mainstream media.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
I have been writing a lot about Al Jazeera since the Qatar-based news operation bought Al Gore's wreck of a channel in January to gain access to some 50 million U.S. homes. When the purchase was made, I'm the guy who wrote: "Why Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV is a good thing for media, country. " And before you start saying crazy, uninformed stuff about Al Jazeera and terrorism, read this piece: "Of course, Al Jazeera has a bias, but it's not what you might think.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Can a TV news channel based in Qatar really be good for America? That's the $500 million question as Al Jazeera America prepares to launch this month in 50 million U.S. homes. The build-up, which has included hiring more than 400 journalists led by such national and Baltimore TV names as Ali Velshi and Adam May, respectively, has been chronicled with fascination by media reporters used to covering mostly stories of downsizing and closings in recent years. Last week alone, Al Jazeera America opened 12 domestic bureaus in such cities as Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco and Dallas.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
Al Jazeera America Thursday announced that veteran business reporter Ali Velshi will join the Qatar-owned channel to develop and host a daily prime-time business show. The announcement comes one day after news that Velshi was leaving CNN where he served as business reporter and show host for almost 12 years. Velshi's last day at CNN will be Friday, according to TVNewser. Here's the release from Al Jazeera America: Al Jazeera America, the new US-based news channel set to launch later this year, today announced that Ali Velshi, CNN's former chief business correspondent and anchor of “Your Money” and CNN International's “World Business Today,” has joined Al Jazeera America to develop and host a daily primetime business program.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Former WJZ reporter/anchor Adam May will have a prime-time role on Al Jazeera America, the channel announced Monday. May, whose move to Al Jazeera was first reported here May 20, will be one of six correspondents on a national magazine show, "America Tonight," that will air at 9 weeknights. No date has been announced for the start of the show, but the channel is expected to launch in August. In most cities, it will be located in the cable lineup where Current TV used to be. Al Jazeera bought the access to American living rooms from former Vice President Al Gore and his partners in the failed channel.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
The grisly discovery Monday of the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been abducted June 12 as they hitchhiked home from a West Bank settlement yeshiva set off a week of mounting violence in the region. Israel blamed Hamas and promised and delivered retribution in the West Bank, blowing up the homes of the alleged murderers and launching dozens of air strikes. Hamas threatened back, saying that “the gates of hell would open” if Israel went too far. On Wednesday, a Palestinian teen was abducted and killed, and a Palestinian official blamed “extremist Jewish settlers” as Arabs and Israelis battled in the streets of East Jerusalem.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
Six months in, there is more to say about Al Jazeera America than that its ratings stink. But that's about the only thing I see written about the Qatar-owned cable channel these days. The ratings are minuscule - about one-half the audience that Al Gore's wreck of a channel, Current TV, was drawing before Al Jazeera bought it in 2013 to gain access to American homes. As of last month, Al Jazeera America was averaging about 10,000 viewers at any given time of the day, while CNN had 272,000, MSNBC 349,000 and Fox News 924,000.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has hired a veteran broadcast journalist to be his top media relations aide as he prepares to launch his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor next week. Gansler announced Wednesday that Bob Wheelock, a longtime ABC producer who most recently worked for the Qatari-owned cable network Al Jazeera America, will join his campaign as communications director. Wheelock, 57, most recently served as the public face of Al Jazeera's effort to launch a highly credible, professional news organization in the United States.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
  Al Jazeera America's premiere week was one of the topics discussed on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday. Eric Deggans, a longtime friend and colleague, was guest host. Mohammed el-Nawawy, author of "Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism," and I were guests. My argument: Al Jazeera America, with its emphasis on diversity and identification with non-elite populations, expands the conversation of democracy in mainstream media.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Watching the debut this week of Al Jazeera America, I couldn't help but remember reviewing the first week of Erin Burnett's show on CNN in October 2011. I say this not to rip Burnett again, but because her attitude toward the Occupy Wall Street protesters in that first week in 2011 offers such a clean snapshot of the difference in orientation between CNN and Al Jazeera America. And it's important to understand that difference, because unlike Fox News and MSNBC, which wave their ideological flags openly, CNN and Al Jazeera America both claim to be doing down-the-middle, straight journalism.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
The heart of Al Jazeera America's prime-time lineup is an attractive one if you are looking for news, context and a fresh visual perspective on U.S. and world events. At least that's the way it looked premiere night Tuesday as the Qatar-based channel unveiled a solidly-reported and skillfully packaged hour of news at 8 p.m. followed by “America Tonight,” its flagship broadcast of in-depth, magazine-style pieces. And yet, even as this promising addition to the American TV news landscape arrived, AT&T announced Tuesday that it would not carry the channel on its U-verse pay-TV service with an estimated 5 million viewers.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
I have been writing a lot about Al Jazeera since the Qatar-based news operation bought Al Gore's wreck of a channel in January to gain access to some 50 million U.S. homes. When the purchase was made, I'm the guy who wrote: "Why Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV is a good thing for media, country. " And before you start saying crazy, uninformed stuff about Al Jazeera and terrorism, read this piece: "Of course, Al Jazeera has a bias, but it's not what you might think.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has hired a veteran broadcast journalist to be his top media relations aide as he prepares to launch his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor next week. Gansler announced Wednesday that Bob Wheelock, a longtime ABC producer who most recently worked for the Qatari-owned cable network Al Jazeera America, will join his campaign as communications director. Wheelock, 57, most recently served as the public face of Al Jazeera's effort to launch a highly credible, professional news organization in the United States.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
From the first days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when I saw Ayman Mohyeldin and his NBC News crew under fire from police in Israel, I have been thinking how much we have come to take TV reporters for granted in places like the Middle East. So, here are a few words of praise. I wrote about Mohyeldin and his team holding up their camera and shouting "journalists" in three languages as stun grenades and rubber bullets were fired in their direction on July 2. Al Jazeera America was the first to sense the importance of the story on June 30 when the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been kidnapped were found.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Can a TV news channel based in Qatar really be good for America? That's the $500 million question as Al Jazeera America prepares to launch this month in 50 million U.S. homes. The build-up, which has included hiring more than 400 journalists led by such national and Baltimore TV names as Ali Velshi and Adam May, respectively, has been chronicled with fascination by media reporters used to covering mostly stories of downsizing and closings in recent years. Last week alone, Al Jazeera America opened 12 domestic bureaus in such cities as Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco and Dallas.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Former WJZ reporter/anchor Adam May will have a prime-time role on Al Jazeera America, the channel announced Monday. May, whose move to Al Jazeera was first reported here May 20, will be one of six correspondents on a national magazine show, "America Tonight," that will air at 9 weeknights. No date has been announced for the start of the show, but the channel is expected to launch in August. In most cities, it will be located in the cable lineup where Current TV used to be. Al Jazeera bought the access to American living rooms from former Vice President Al Gore and his partners in the failed channel.
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