I'm really happy to see this. Al-Jazeera is quite possibly the only news network I take seriously.
It's almost funny to see some of the comments on this whole matter on other sites. People claiming it's 'supporting terrorism' and is 'anti-American' and all that. i find myself responding to some of these people and asking if they've ever even WATCHED it while providing links to their English site and youtube page so they can actually judge for themselves. You know, a few of those people actually responded by claiming I'm 'moronic' and even calling me 'anti-American'. All because I point out the ignorance of their claims if they can't even be bothered to support them with actual facts and instead, resort to personal attacks! One person even claimed to have a degree in political science, worked on political campaigns and did articles on Al-Jazeera that were published in major publications, yet they failed to specify which.
Meanwhile, I was able to list several of the many awards Al-Jazeera's won over the last few years and point out that it is regarded as one of the most reputable news stations in the world for it's hard-hitting investigative journalism and quality content. Their response, if any is forthcoming, should be interesting.
I actually find it pretty sad and pathetic, really. They make all these claims about a station they most likely have never watched, yet fail to even support what they claim with actual evidence, instead labeling people who have actually watched it and say it's nothing like they think as anti-American instead of showing that they actually know what they're talking about.
People would rather be comfortable and 'safe' in their ignorance rather than take the time to learn.
Then the Kremlin buys it off Al-Jazeera and rebrands it RT-America! Hail president Putin! Down with Capitalist America! Only kidding!
I wasn't a regular viewer of Current TV, but It had some pretty good documentaries on there, I did like popping in and watching them.
One I specifically remember was watching this one about the Brazilian government trying to clean out all of the crime and gangs in Rio De Janeiro in time for the World Cup and for the Olympics, and it made me never want to step foot in that city.
Right after I was done watching that, I turned on the Travel Channel and watched Andrew Zimmerman go to Rio and try out all the exotic foods there, and it made me jealous he was there on the beaches getting his grub on!
Oh great, one more thing for Fox News to get wrong. I can hear O'Reilly now "GORE SELLS TELEVISION NETWORK TO HIS TERRORIST BUDDIES."
I liked Current while I got it. My cable provider bumped it up into the next service tier and I wasn't about to pay another $50 a month get another 99 channels of stuff I didn't care about and 1 I wanted to see. I think this will probably be pretty positive for them.
Al Jazeera a few years back was finally unbanned from Canada.
Having Al in from of your name in America is enough for people to want to investigate you, however if AJ keeps up their usual coverage of things happening in smaller pockets of the world (of course their Mid-East coverage, but their South East Asian one is pretty good too) it can pull in some watchers.