Why Al Jazeera owning Current is a good thing for media, country

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The cable industry's success in keeping Al Jazeera English off all but a handful of systems in the U.S. was one of the great wrongs of American media. And no one, it seems, wanted to address it. Media critics who looked the other way for whatever reasons should be ashamed. 'Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it's real news,' Hillary Clinton told a Senate Foreign Affairs panel in 2011. 'You may not agree with it, but you feel like you're getting real news around the clock instead of millions of commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.'

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