Nonsequitur: Al Jazeera Sponsors NPR?

August 27, 2013

I heard on the radio Al Jazeera America listed as a sponsor for NPR. Thinking I misheard the ad, I did an on-line check, and, sure enough, it’s true. Now, the Qatar funded network has plenty of money, and I don’t mind them advertising. But is it good practice for one news outlet (that’s government subsidized) to take money from another news outlet (subsidized by another government) for advertising? Isn’t this a conflict of interest? Here is a recent story by NPR about the Al Jazeera America launch with a decidedly positive bias. It seems to me that Al Jazeera may have bought more than a 10-second ad spot.

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