NEW YORK: Al Jazeera America launched on Tuesday of this week. The content and format of their programming has raised concerns at competitive news networks. “We haven’t done any real reporting since 1998. What’s that all about?” Said Shepard Smith of Fox News.
Producers at CNN were shocked at the content provided in the first few nights of Al Jazeera’s broadcast. “I didn’t understand what I was looking at. We usually provide four messages at once – side videos, bottom of the page scrolls and quotes. “ Said Cooper Anderson of CNN. “Who has the attention span to focus on one message, let alone one that provides actual facts?”
Viewers took note of Al Jazeera’s lack of celebrity coverage from one commercial break to the next. “When I watch CNN, I always get an update on Hollywood gossip. Al Jazeera is weird. I’m not used to watching news shows without enjoying the sight of drama and cleavage.”
Al Jazeera featured a report from Egypt’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday night. In what appears to be a different take on news, they provided reporting from the square itself. A reporter was chased away from a violent demonstration. However, interviews were made with Egyptians from different sides of the conflict.
“Ewwwww! Looks kind of scary. That seems dangerous and impartial, we’re not in the business of providing either experience,” said Steve Doocy of Fox News.
CNN producers countered on Tuesday evening with an exclusive interview with Honey Boo Boo, and her concerns with the N.S.A. “Do the cameras make my ass look fat?”