Al Jazeera America, the United States branch of the Islamist propaganda network based in Qatar, went live on Tuesday after purchasing the Current TV network for $500 million. While they had hoped to continue on Current TV’s networks, the change prompted carriers such as Time Warner Cable to drop the network until new contracts could be worked out. Currently, the new network reaches 43 million households through Comcast, Verizon FIOS, Direct TV, and Dish Network. They had also counted on AT&T U-Verse, but the provider dropped the network at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, citing a contract dispute.
After the move by AT&T, Al Jazeera released the following statement:
"Unfortunately, AT&T’s decision to unilaterally delete Al Jazeera America presented us with circumstances that were untenable — an affiliate that has willfully and knowingly breached its contractual obligations," AJAM said in a statement issued Tuesday night. "Al Jazeera America’s strong hope is to resolve this matter quickly."
I’m sure they were upset that AT&T missed their opening act receiving support from Hillary Clinton and John McCain followed by the mocking of Fox News and the O’Reilly Factor. Viewers also missed an entire 6 minutes of advertising per hour from companies like Vonage and Proctor & Gamble. While Al Jazeera claims the lack of advertisement is a deliberate strategy to provide more propaganda…. err sorry I mean news, David Campanelli of National TV and Horizon Media stated that the network is facing questions from advertisers regarding its perception by the general public. While Al Jazeera has a right to try and sell their network in the United States, they have a right to the same chance as everyone else. If AT&T doesn’t want to air the network, I think they have the same right as Time Warner Cable to drop it since the format and ownership changed. Also, advertisers have a right to conduct their business elsewhere if they don’t think the network shares the values they are trying to promote as a company. I would hope that many advertisers would have issues doing business with a network that supports the Muslim Brotherhood and threw a party at the release of a terrorist that brutally murdered a Jewish family in Israel. Finally, if you needed any other evidence that John McCain is on the wrong side…….
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