FROM Kate O'Brian
Can Al Jazeera America's Business Model Succeed? A promotional video shows bickering politicos on Fox News and MSNBC, quotes favorable comments from Hillary Clinton and the narrator ends by saying, "You have the right to know what's happening… and the right to make up your own mind." Al Jazeera America is a 24-hour cable news channel that launched in the US on Tuesday. It's owned by the royal family of Qatar, which used its oil fortune to pay $500 million for what used to be Current TV. It's has hired 400 journalists, including well-known anchors, and opened 12 bureaus in the US. We talk with Kate O'Brian, president of the latest thing in cable TV and a veteran of 30 years with ABC News.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.