Al-Jazeera entrenchment in U.S. raises fear of promoting anti-Semitism
Some say a dozen Al-Jazeera news bureaus across the country could offer greater coverage of world issues. Some, though, fear it could promote anti-Semitism.
The news organization, which bought Al Gore's Current TV for $500 million this year, will begin broadcasting Al-Jazeera America this summer.
“We're trying to have bureaus in places where other networks do not,” said Bob Wheelock, executive producer of Al-Jazeera English.
Bureaus are to be opened in New York, Washington, Miami, Nashville, Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, according to Politico.
Al-Jazeera America probably will be very similar to other news networks, said Saleh Sbenaty, a Middle Tennessee State University engineering professor and a board member of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
“It would be good for people to hear different voices to get a different point of view and coverage of issues that might not be covered by the media here,” he said.
A critic said she would welcome the network's presence in Nashville, but for a different reason.
“I'm not opposed to them coming in, because a lot of people do not know of Al-Jazeera's anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel bias,” said Laurie Cordoza-Moore, president of the pro-Israel group Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, based in Franklin, Tenn.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Internet rules in line for big shift
- Big Bang ‘waves’ go poof under analysis
- NASA satellite to track water in soil
- Colorado to clarify benefit limits over concern welfare, food stamps used to buy legal pot
- Secretary of State Kerry says Cuba talks offer chance to improve lives
- Large pipelines proposed to carry gas from shale formations
- Prospective juror in Tsarnaev trial cites sympathy for suspect in Boston Marathon bombing
- Judge expresses doubt about constitutionality of no-fly list
- Balloonists smash records with trans-Pacific flight
- Brooklyn warehouse goes up in smoke
- Judge orders nonprofit tax form release in case against IRS