Al Jazeera Considering Buying New York Times HQ

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.

  • Roger

    When and if they buy the NY Times, the loyalties won't have to change.
    They've been so against traditional American values for so long the last few readers won't notice a difference.

    • JacksonPearson

      It'll be a logo change only, and everyone there will remain in place, because they already fit. No changes!

  • Seve

    What's the difference? The NY Times is already a pro muslim newspaper. Wait till they get a hold of either CBS, NBC or ABC. I doubt that Fox would sell to them. Ya think maybe Haaretz will sell their leftist newspaper? Lets be careful that mayor Bloomberg is not contemplating selling New York.

  • Edward Cline

    New masthead slogan for Al Jazeera: "All the Burqas Fit to Wear."

  • AdinaK

    Well, ain't that special, the red paper of record may hand the mantle/keys to its green brethren, and I am not referring to climate change!!

    Yes, the kismet between reds and greens, and it is not just in business –

    The NY Times, the main leftist organ, is ALWAYS on the wrong side of history. Why stop now, even if the greenbacks are huge? And the symbolism of such a sale will be enormous.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel


    More reason to not buy any copies or advertise in the NY Times.

  • Asher

    Plainly spoken, the New York Times sucks, their distribution has fallen off and main stream America does not identify with their ideologies, the public will connect even less with Al Jazeera.