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A New News Source

September 4, 2013

With all of the major for-profit news networks on your television channel lineup today, it’s time to add one more to that list. However, unlike some of the other channels, this new one is really trying to provide and unbiased view on today’s news.

Launched on August 20 by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network, Al Jazeera America is a new network which has proclaimed it is trying to be balanced and offer “unbiased, in-depth reporting,” according to Kristen Schweizer of Bloomberg.

Al Jazeera America will have to hope that Americans are tired of the opinionated newscasts which they tune in to watch every evening on channels such as FOX or MSNBC.

Al Jazeera runs bureaus in 12 cities across the country, including Washington, DC, Chicago and San Francisco, and will broadcast from any of those locations along with its other spots all around the world.

After its debut, Al Jazeera America, which has its website’s tagline as “Unbiased, Fact-Based, In-Depth News,” received mixed reviews from its viewers. First off, not many Americans even get the network. It took the spot of Current TV. And, no, I’ve never heard of that channel, either. But, Al Jazeera America will face some issues after its very low ratings during its debut.

Some of the mixed reviews came in from around the world, such as one from Middle East-based news channel Al Arabiya, which argued if Al Jazeera America was really being unbiased. One former Al Jazeera employee even said that the new station was “selective” with its news. However, Al Arabiya is a competitor of Al Jazeera, so take that with a grain of salt.

As the network debuted, reporters from around the country began to chime in. One said that MSNBC and FOX should be worried. Another said Al Jazeera America was far too boring.

Regardless of your personal opinion on whether or not the news needs to be sensationalized in order to be interesting or relevant, it will be interesting to see over the coming weeks and months how Al Jazeera America really reports its news and if it stays true to its unbiased approach. If it does, it could certainly pose as a threat to its American competitors, that is if news watchers can find it on their channel lineup.

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