I don’t know if it’s karma or just God having a good laugh, but Al-Jazeera, the Mideast-based Muslim news organization that recently bought out Al Gore’s Current TV is looking for a U.S. headquarters, and it’s cast an eye at the former New York Times Building.
The Times moved out of the building years ago because it couldn’t pay the mortgage. Decades of progressively more obvious leftward slanting of the newspaper’s coverage has taken a heavy toll on what was once one of the country’s great newspapers.
Al Gore’s Current TV was a similar victim of its own liberalism. Plans for a deliberately left-wing network failed to materialize because liberal activists like Gore overestimate the appeal of their message and fail to deliver anything more substantial to their audience. A similar fate befell the aborted Air America radio network some years ago.
Then along comes Al-Jazeera, the Muslim world’s most popular news network. Al-Jazeera is anything but liberal, targeting a mostly Muslim, very religious audience throughout the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere.
But it is also strongly anti-Western even while its broadcasts and websites sport a modern, westernized look to appeal to a broader audience.
In one of the bigger ironies of news coverage, Al-Jazeera, if you practice filtering out its open biases, actually provides stronger and more accurate reporting than most news outlets in the United States.
Of course, it’s the biases that liberals love about Al-Jazeera and that persuaded Gore to sell Current TV to them rather than Glenn Beck, who is holy water to Gore’s Prince Vlad Dracul.
Now, Al-Jazeera may be moving the headquarters of its new U.S. network into the Times’ former turf in the heart of the city that was hit by 9-11.
It would make a fine addition to the Cordoba victory mosque at Ground Zero.