How to Blow $700 Million: Al Jazeera America Finally Calls it Quits

21st Century Wire – By 21 Wire – Jan 14, 2016

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Photo: Al Jazeera America screen shot

Al Jazeera America will go down in history as one of the biggest failures in broadcast media history.

Ever since the US and its allies began plotting to overthrow Libya and Syria, Al Jazeera has deteriorated from a promising international news network in 2003 – into what it has become in 2016 – a full-blown agit prop media shop for the US State Department and the Pentagon. In fact, US Military Central Command (CENTCOM) for the Middle East region is located in Qatar’s capital of Doha, conveniently located just down the road from Al Jazeera’s headquarters. Nice and cozy.

Al Jazeera’s role in promoting ‘regime change’ and the destablization of Syria is now recorded history, as are its many shameful exhibitions of media fakery.

The Qatari royals tried to expand propaganda operations into North America, but no matter how much money they threw at it (and those royals just love throwing money at things to try and get them to work), no one cared about it, much less watched it.

“I know this will be a massive disappointment for everyone here who has worked tirelessly for our long-term future. The decision that has been made is in no way because AJAM has done anything but a great job,” reads a company email from CEO Al Anstey, obtained by Politico.

Indeed, they tried everything it seems, just short of paying Americans to watch their programs…

Al Jazeera America to close down https://t.co/EmFjBw9uC1 pic.twitter.com/HDea8ujTPt

— Al Jazeera America (@ajam) January 13, 2016

In 2012, the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera purchased Current TV from Al Gore for an inflated $500 million. Wait, it gets worse…

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Posted by Teri Perticone

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