Al Jazeera Paid $500 Million to Reach 13,000 Viewers


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It’s funny. It’s as if for some reason Americans don’t seem eager to tune in to a news channel most famous for its beheading videos.

In the deal of the century, Al Jazeera paid $500 Million dollars for a liberal cable channel no one watched and then lost half its viewers. How much did that half a billion bucks, plus whatever Qatar paid Time Warner to carry it, buy?

13,000 viewers a day.

Qatar could probably get better ratings by turning Al Jazeera America into an Aquarium Fireplace channel and just showing a fish tank or a burning log and then occasionally interrupting it to scream, “AMERICA SUCKS”.

Al Jazeera America has averaged just 13,000 viewers a day since its Aug. 20 launch — on par with a public access channel. In the 25- to 54-year-old audience sought by advertisers, it drew 5,000 viewers.

The ratings are so low, they are considered a “scratch” and aren’t reported by Nielsen.

“We are making large investments in programming and marketing,” an Al Jazeera America spokesperson said Sunday.

By comparison, 31,000 viewers tuned into Current TV a year ago.

More people will see this post about how few viewers Al Jazeera has… than will watch Al Jazeera.

If your cable channel is pulling in fewer viewers than the YouTube vlog of some Norwegian kid who does nothing except unbox exercise equipment while wearing a pig mask, you should probably give up on the cable thing.

Or go the Reality TV route.

What about Qatar’s Next Syrian Suicide Bomber, Dubai Slave Auctions or Eight Wife Swap. The Sahara Shore, Which 12-Year Old Wants to Marry a Billionaire and Al Qaeda’s Got Talent.

  • Veracious_one

    apparently there’s at least 13,000 people with marginal intelligence watching Al-Jazeera TV

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Maybe their remote controls are broken

    • Jason

      I would say that a good 3,000 of those people just watch it to see how bad it is. Still, 10,000 idiots is encouraging, given a potential audience of millions…

    • heapologiatoutimotheou

      13,000 potential future suicide bombers is too many if you ask me. We should look into ways of reducing their viewership even further.

    • NextTimeIWontAskWhy

      My co-worker told me that she watches it to get the real news. She is from the West Indies and teaches Composition at the local community college. She told me that she sees part of her job as introducing her students, especially those who are immigrants, to news items about crime in other states because they might now have heard about the crime and it is important for them so that they can understand America better. She told me that she herself is a former journalist, so appreciates competent reporting on world news.

  • Elizabeth capecod

    That’s about as bad as obamacare spending $600 million to enroll 5,000 people on medicaid.

  • onecornpone

    What would the Muslim equivalent of Duck Dynasty be?

    Too bad Al-kidaGore didn’t finance the deal. It would be fun to watch him navigate his way through the repo process.

    • SonofaCV15

      Ummm…. The equivalent to Duck Dynasty would be Goat Stock.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Muslim JIhadhood .vs. Duck Dynasty.

      Both have beards.
      Both have guns.

      I’d trust the Duck Dynasty guys any day over the jihadi jackasses.

  • Andy_Lewis

    ‘The ratings are so low, they are considered a “scratch”’.

    Scratch and sniff is more like it.

  • defcon 4

    I wonder if Al Jizz has anyone to answer to for its evident failure to bring islam0fascist propaganda into every household in America? Or, alternatively, failure to get any corporate advertising dollars? Maybe they can pull a few strings in the District of Corruptistan and mandate watching of Al Jizz

  • Anamah

    I think that all who choose Al Jazeera America must be the resentful, the chronic deniers… those who at some point of their life have been infected with Progressive indoctrination despising the goodness of Judeo Christian civilization and our American values…

    Our fellow American hypocrites are so accomplices now as the silent people in Europe allowing the horror the Nazism advent.

    Today we have enough of these masked hyenas, with false promises and the absurd of these skilled accusatory icons in their political race of destruction as part of the plan to destroy this exceptional nation.

    Al Jazeera is no more than a nasty drop in the sea…But Daniel, we are going to survive and put an end to this Progressive tsunami Kafka so well described.
    At least, I would love to be here, that day!

    • tellmenolies2012

      I guess the Muslims here in America don’t watch that bs either.

  • bigkahuna9

    Maybe they should show more be headings, honor killings, bomb making for dummies, women abusing, America bashing and Obama speeches trashing the country.

  • Ban Jamate

    Most of the Muslims do not know followings (Muhammad beheaded 900 people in one day)…….(I hope anyone will quit from Islam after understanding following)
    Surat Al-’Aĥzāb (The Combined Forces) – سورة الأحزاب
    Surah 33:26
    وَأَنزَلَ الَّذِينَ ظَاهَرُوهُم مِّنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ مِن صَيَاصِيهِمْ وَقَذَفَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الرُّعْبَ فَرِيقًا تَقْتُلُونَ وَتَأْسِرُونَ فَرِيقًا
    Sahih International: And He brought down those who supported them among the People of the Scripture from their fortresses and cast terror into their hearts [so that] a party you killed, and you took captive a party.
    33:27
    وَأَوْرَثَكُمْ أَرْضَهُمْ وَدِيَارَهُمْ وَأَمْوَالَهُمْ وَأَرْضًا لَّمْ تَطَؤُوهَا وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرًا
    Sahih International: And He caused you to inherit their land and their homes and their properties and a land which you have not trodden. And ever is Allah , over all things, competent.

    This is also mentioned in the Sunni hadith collections, stating:
    Then the Prophet said, “O Sad! These people have agreed to accept your verdict.” Sad said, “I judge that their warriors should be killed and their children and women should be taken as captives.” The Prophet said, “You have given a judgment similar to Allah’s Judgment (or the King’s judgment).”Sahih al-Bukhari, 5:58:148

    In 622, the Islamic prophet Muhammad arrived at Yathrib (Medina) from Mecca & established deal with Jewis Tribe Banu Qurayza. While the city found itself at war with Meccan tribe of the Quraysh, tensions between the growing numbers of Muslims and the Jewish communities mounted. In 627, when the Quraysh besieged the city in the Battle of the Trench, the Banu Qurayza entered into negotiations with the besiegers.Subsequently, the tribe was charged with treason and besieged by the Muslims commanded by Muhammad. The Banu Qurayza were overtaken and most of the men 600 to 900, apart from those who surrendered (many of whom converted to Islam in order to save their lives), were beheaded, while all the women and children were taken captive and slaved. If Prophet Muhammad killed so many people – take their women as captive wife & use children as slave. Why not Bangladesh able to legally punished all Razakar.
    Other Links: (Try internet search)
    The Genocide of Banu Qurayza
    What really happened with the Banu Qurayza?

    Bazil (Muhammad Rafi), “The Prophet, Ali, and the Companions at the massacre of the Jewish tribe”
    The illustration is entitled, “The Prophet, Ali, and the Companions at the massacre of the prisoners of the Jewish tribe of Beni Kuraizah [Banu Qurayzah]“; Author: Bazil (Muhammad Rafi); Published: 19th century; Kashmiri, 17 folio 108b. Reproduced by permission of The British Library.[1]
    A consensus Muslim account of the massacre of the Qurayzah has emerged as conveyed by classical Muslim scholars of hadith (putative utterances and acts of Muhammad, recorded by pious Muslim transmitters), biographer’s of Muhammad’s life (especially Ibn Ishaq), jurists, and historians.
    This narrative is summarized as follows:
    Alleged to have aided the forces of Muhammad’s enemies in violation of a prior pact, the Qurayzah were subsequently isolated and besieged. Twice the Qurayzah made offers to surrender, and depart from their stronghold, leaving behind their land and property. Initially they requested to take one camel load of possessions per person, but when Muhammad refused this request, the Qurayzah asked to be allowed to depart without any property, taking with them only their families. However, Muhammad insisted that the Qurayzah surrender unconditionally and subject themselves to his judgment.
    Compelled to surrender, the Qurayzah were lead to Medina. The men with their hands pinioned behind their backs, were put in a court, while the women and children were said to have been put into a separate court. A third (and final) appeal for leniency for the Qurayzah was made to Muhammad by their tribal allies the Aus.
    Muhammad again declined, and instead he appointed as arbiter Saad Muadh from the Aus, who soon rendered his concise verdict: the men were to be put to death, the women and children sold into slavery, the spoils to be divided among the Muslims.
    Muhammad ratified the judgment stating that Saad’s decree was a decree of God, pronounced from above the Seven Heavens.
    Thus some 600 to 900 men from the Qurayzah were lead on Muhammad’s order to the Market of Medina. Trenches were dug and the men were beheaded, and their decapitated corpses buried in the trenches while Muhammad watched in attendance.
    Male youths who had not reached puberty were spared. Women and children were sold into slavery, a number of them being distributed as gifts among Muhammad’s companions.
    According to Muhammad?s biographer Ibn Ishaq, Muhammad chose one of the Qurayzah women (Rayhana) for himself. The Qurayzah’s property and other possessions (including weapons) were also divided up as additional “booty” among the Muslims. The following details have been chronicled consistently by Muslim sources: – the arbiter (Sad Muadh) was appointed by Muhammad himself; – Muhammad observed in person the horrific executions; – Muhammad claimed as a wife a woman (Rayhana) previously married to one of the slaughtered Qurayzah tribesmen; – the substantial material benefits (i.e., property; receipts from the sale of the enslaved) which accrued to the Muslims as a result of the massacre; – the extinction of the Qurayzah.
    Abu Yusuf (d. 798), the prominent Hanafi jurist who advised Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid (d. 809), made the following observations about the Qurayzah massacre in his writings on jihad: Whenever the Muslims besiege an enemy stronghold, establish a treaty with the besieged, who agree to surrender on certain conditions that will be decided by a delegate, and this man decides that their soldiers are to be executed and their women and children taken prisoner, this decision is lawful. This was the decision of Saad b. Muadh in connection with the Banu Qurayzah. It is up to the imam to decide what treatment is to be meted out to them and he will choose that which is preferable for religion and for Islam. If he esteems that the execution of the fighting men and the enslavement of their women and children is better for Islam and its followers, then he will act thus, emulating the example of Saad b. Muadh.”
    As reported by M.J. Kister , al-Mawardi (d. 1072 C.E.), another eminent Muslim jurist from Baghdad, characterized the slaughter of the Qurayzah as a religious duty incumbent on Muhammad. Professor Kister quotes al-Mawardi as follows: “It was not permitted (for Muhammad) to forgive (in a case of) God’s injunction incumbent upon them; he could only forgive (transgressions) in matters concerning his own person.” The notion that this slaughter was sanctioned by God as revealed to Muhammad was, according to Kister, reflective of “The current (as of 1986) Sunni view about the slaughter of the Banu Qurayzah.”.
    Gairdner, also relying exclusively upon Muslim sources characterizing the slaughter of the Qurayza, highlights the pivotal role that Muhammad himself played in orchestrating the overall events: The umpire who gave the fatal decision (Saad) was extravagantly praised by Muhammad. Yet his action was wholly and admittedly due to his lust for personal vengeance on a tribe which had occasioned him a painful wound. In the agony of its treatment he cried out: – “O God, let not my soul go forth ere thou has cooled my eye from the Bani Quraiza”. This was the arbiter to whose word the fate of that tribe was given over. His sentiments were well-known to Muhammad, who appointed him. It is perfectly clear from that that, their slaughter had been decreed. What makes it clearer still is the assertion of another biographer that Muhammad had refused to treat with the Bani Quraiza at all until they had “come down to receive the judgment of the Apostle of God”. Accordingly “they came down”; in other words put themselves in his power. And only then was the arbitration of Saad proposed and accepted – but not accepted until it had been forced on him by Muhammad; for Saad first declined and tried to make Muhammad take the responsibility, but was told “qad amarak Allahu takhuma fihim” – “Allah has commanded you to give sentence in their case”. From every point of view therefore the evidence is simply crushing that Muhammad was the ultimate author of this massacre.
    In the immediate aftermath of the massacre, the Muslims benefited substantially from the Qurayzah’s assets which they seized as booty. The land and property acquired helped the Muslims gain their economic independence. The military strength of the Muslim community of Medina grew due to the weapons obtained, and the fact that captured women and children taken as slaves were sold for horses and more weapons, facilitating enlargement of the Muslim armed forces for further conquests. Conversely, the Jewish tribe of the Qurayzah ceased to exist.
    Finally, the Farsi text which borders the original illustration (above and below, but not reproduced on the cover art due to space constraints), apropos of its Persian Shiite context, focuses on the exploits of Ali: Ali, who is the successor of God on the earth, and known to fight with a double-edged sword, ordered the warriors to cut off the heads of the non-believers. Zobair assisted him in finishing this job. Ali also ordered the distribution of the captives and their property [i.e., the booty] among the Muslims, in accord with Saad (b. Muadh) [see above] decision regarding the fate of the defeated the Jews [i.e., the Qurayzah]. After the battle [and executions], Ali ordered everyone [of the Muslims] to return home. Saad (b. Muadh) who had been very anxious during the battle, was now happy and praised God upon completion of his task. Then [later] they [i.e., the Muslims] celebrated and enjoyed beautiful women. ________________________________
    No woman of Banu Qurayza was killed except one. She was with me, talking and laughing on her back and belly (extremely), while the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) was killing her people with the swords. Suddenly a man called her name: Where is so-and-so? She said: I I asked: What is the matter with you? She said: I did a new act. She said: The man took her and beheaded her. She said: I will not forget that she was laughing extremely although she knew that she would be killed. Sunan Abu Dawood, 14:2665

    The Messenger of Allah returned to Al-Madinah in triumph and the people put down their weapons. While the Messenger of Allah was washing off the dust of battle in the house of Umm Salamah, may Allah be pleased with her, Jibril, upon him be peace, came to him wearing a turban of brocade, riding on a mule on which was a cloth of silk brocade. He said, “Have you put down your weapons, O Messenger of Allah” He said, “Yes” He said, “But the angels have not put down their weapons. I have just now come back from pursuing the people.” Then he said: “Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, commands you to get up and go to Banu Quraiza. According to another report, “What a fighter you are! Have you put down your weapons” He said, “Yes”. He said, “But we have not put down our weapons yet, get up and go to these people.” He said: “Where?” He said, “Banu Quraiza, for Allah has commanded me to shake them.” So the Messenger of Allah got up immediately, and commanded the people to march towards Banu Quraiza, who were a few miles from Al-Madinah. This was after Salat Az-Zuhr. He said, No one among you should pray `Asr except at Banu Quraiza. [Tafsir ibn Kathir]
    Other Links:

    Muhammad: Islam’s First Great General : By Richard A. Gabriel
    Surat Al-’Aĥzāb (The Combined Forces) – سورة الأحزاب
    Surah 33:26
    وَأَنزَلَ الَّذِينَ ظَاهَرُوهُم مِّنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ مِن صَيَاصِيهِمْ وَقَذَفَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الرُّعْبَ فَرِيقًا تَقْتُلُونَ وَتَأْسِرُونَ فَرِيقًا
    Sahih International: And He brought down those who supported them among the People of the Scripture from their fortresses and cast terror into their hearts [so that] a party you killed, and you took captive a party.
    33:27
    وَأَوْرَثَكُمْ أَرْضَهُمْ وَدِيَارَهُمْ وَأَمْوَالَهُمْ وَأَرْضًا لَّمْ تَطَؤُوهَا وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرًا
    Sahih International: And He caused you to inherit their land and their homes and their properties and a land which you have not trodden. And ever is Allah , over all things, competent.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      A million curses on the prophet of Satan, Muhammed.

      INSHALLAH!

  • Sandra

    Well at least we know the current number of likely terrorist in the US. Perhaps these are the people the NSA should be spying on!

  • Biff Henderson

    The gist of the article is the powers that be at Al Jazeera continue to pour money into a media outlet that is all but ignored. Are they pig-headed fools or in the post-Christian enlightened information age media is the church you want a piece of so when the Shiite hits the fan your ducks are in a row and media in general will drawn on a mouthpiece with a decidedly Sunni spin? In my eyes the influence they position themselves to weld on down the road will give them a bang for their buck. That influence could be the deciding factor in which horse America’s military might is thrown behind. Even at a billion greenbacks that’s buying it on the cheap.

  • Kuriyaki

    Selling them our television networks could be a way to drain their wealth. Like $4 a gallon gas has drained ours.

  • lou hodges

    I’m 67. With age, comes knowledge and experience, especially when your family worked in intelligence. I’ll set this up for you. Al Gore did not go into the cable channel business. He set up the cable channel in order to sell it to his friends in the Muslim Brotherhood. If the MB set up a channel, it would be too obvious, so good old Al, “washed” the corporate paper trail. That’s why he didn’t sell it to the other bidders.

  • bill james

    Hey, Muslims! We’re on to your game and we don’t like you.

    A Pew Research poll taken in November of 2011 (a couple months after 9/11) showed that only 17% of Americans didn’t like Muslims. Polls taken since then, throughout the West, reveal a trend against Muslims:

    -3/09 ABC-Post poll on who “doesn’t like Muslims”: All Americans, 48%; conservatives, 65%; liberals, 40% (even liberals!).

    -2/10 Le Parisien poll: 54% believe Islam is anti-Western Culture.

    -03-01-10, Financial Times poll: Europeans oppose the burka, the symbol of
    Islam: France, 70% oppose; Spain, 65% oppose; Italy, 60% oppose; UK, 57% oppose.

    -3/12/10 The Sun: US State Department says Muslims face increased societal resentment in Europe based on the belief that Islam is not compatible with Western values.

    -10/17/10 BBC News: Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have
    “utterly failed”, Chancellor Angela Merkel says. A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was “overrun by foreigners”.

    -9/6/11 CNN reporting on The Public Religion Research Institute survey in
    conjunction with the Brookings Institution: “Nearly half of Americans would be uncomfortable with a woman wearing a burqa, a mosque being built in their neighborhood or Muslim men praying at an airport. 41% would be uncomfortable if a teacher at the elementary school in their community were Muslim. 47% of survey respondents said the values of Islam are at odds with American values.

    -3/7/12 BBC: French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said there are too many foreigners in France and the system for integrating them is “working worse and worse”.

    -8/7/13 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-2… Muslim outrage as Swiss move to segregate asylum-seekers

    God bless the Internet where we SEE the true face of Islam.

  • Marty

    Just wait until al-jazeera launches its fall programming. It will feature the best places to hit women, where to honeymoon with nine-year old girls, beginner’s guide to crucifying non-muslims, hanging homosexuals, and designer bombbelts.

  • Abraham

    Maybe if they starting cutting off their hands on TV?

  • surj

    Al-jazeera is a mouth piece of Muslim Brotherhood and muslims in general. Bias reporting against the West Now see http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

  • bill james

    Thanks to the Internet, the world is seeing the true face of Islam, and we don’t like it.

    A Pew Research poll taken in November of 2011 (a couple months after 9/11) showed that only 17% of Americans didn’t like Muslims. Polls taken since then, throughout the West, reveal a trend against Muslims:

    -3/09 ABC-Post poll on who “doesn’t like Muslims”: All Americans, 48%; conservatives, 65%; liberals, 40% (even liberals!).

    -2/10 Le Parisien poll: 54% believe Islam is anti-Western Culture.

    -03-01-10, Financial Times poll: Europeans oppose the burka, the symbol of
    Islam: France, 70% oppose; Spain, 65% oppose; Italy, 60% oppose; UK, 57% oppose.

    -3/12/10 The Sun: US State Department says Muslims face increased societal resentment in Europe based on the belief that Islam is not compatible with Western values.

    -10/17/10 BBC News: Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have
    “utterly failed”, Chancellor Angela Merkel says. A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was “overrun by foreigners”.

    -9/6/11 CNN reporting on The Public Religion Research Institute survey in
    conjunction with the Brookings Institution: “Nearly half of Americans would be uncomfortable with a woman wearing a burqa, a mosque being built in their neighborhood or Muslim men praying at an airport. 41% would be uncomfortable if a teacher at the elementary school in their community were Muslim. 47% of survey respondents said the values of Islam are at odds with American values.

    -3/7/12 BBC: French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said there are too many foreigners in France and the system for integrating them is “working worse and worse”.

    -8/7/13 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-2… Muslim outrage as Swiss move to segregate asylum-seekers

    God bless the Internet.

  • Hoekom Jy My Haat

    But Al Gore certainly made a bunch of bucks, didn’t he, when he sold his cable network to these moslems.

  • LPW2000

    Creative writing run amok. Great images!