January 13, 2016 was a painful day for me. I had heard rumors, but was really disappointed to see in print that Al Jazeera America was actually closing down in April. And, now … that day has come and I am so sad. What a huge loss.
They say, “all good things must come to an end”… but, I am not ready to let go. I grew to respect and love this network and all that it stood for. And even entertained the idea of applying for a job with them after I finished grad school. The programming was excellent. I learned so much about the world from their balanced coverage and informative shows. I was so depressed when I learned about the closure that I didn’t want to accept it and now that it’s right in front of my face the reality is hitting hard. And, I know I’m not alone. But, I wish more Americans had been open-minded and less judgmental. If so, AJA would still be a viable network and, in my humble opinion, a leading one. No other network compares when it comes to balanced coverage.
Al Jazeera America did not just showcase the slanted opinions of top leaders and high level corporate types. The journalists at AJA interviewed regular people and shared their views. I wish more Americans had tuned in…they would have been hooked by the professionalism, charm, and wide-ranging subject matter. But, unfortunately, people who watch the likes of Fox News and listen to creepy conservative talk show hosts do not think for themselves. No, they allowed their minds to be poisoned and wouldn’t even consider watching Al Jazeera America. Sad. Very sad.
That said, I am grateful that I have an open-mind and that I tuned in for excellent coverage produced by the amazing network staff. Thank you, Al Jazeera America! I will continue to follow AJ+, but you and the American crew will be greatly missed in my daily routine. Wishing you all the very best … wherever you land. Good night and good bye.