At least Qatar isn’t buying the New York Times yet… just its old headquarters.
Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news organization, bought Current TV earlier this year, to ready its own cable channel for American audiences. Now it’s looking for headquarters and studio space—and the old New York Times Building on West 43rd Street is on the list.
The Doha-based broadcaster, which is backed by the royal family of Qatar, has tapped real-estate services firm CBRE Group to assist its search,
The building is 16 stories, and 11-12 floors on the top are apparently available. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The iconic building at 229 W. 43rd St. is one of several spaces that it has considered since announcing its plans for the new channel in January,
The old New York Times Building is a lot better looking than the new glass and steel eyesore and the Gulf sheikdoms have already bought up a lot of city landmarks.
The Abu Dhabi Investment Council already owns much of the Chrysler Building and the Piaget building was partly retaken from groups tied to the Iranian regime. The General Motors building is partly owned by Qatar and Kuwait.
But considering that the liberal American media has become hard to tell apart from the Middle Eastern propaganda media, Qatar could buy the New York Times and rename it the Al Jazeera Times and no one would be able to tell the difference.