Al Jazeera America Deletes Article Satirizing Itself

J.K. Trotter · 02/25/16 04:35PM

Al-Jazeera America, the soon-to-be-dead U.S. outpost of the Qatari government’s global television network, published an opinion essay on Thursday morning that satirized—subtly, but not that subtly—a number of new (or newly relaunched) media companies, including Mic, The New Republic, and Al-Jazeera America itself. Hours later, however, the network’s website replaced the entire essay with the following editor’s note:

Hamilton Nolan · 10/06/15 10:45AM

Al-Jazeera America staffers have formally voted to unionize, after the company refused to voluntarily recognize their union request. Now the company is challenging the right of some employees to be in the union. Liberal media at work!

Hamilton Nolan · 09/29/15 09:23AM

Al-Jazeera America is holding a union election today, giving it the dubious distinction of being the first company in the new wave of media organizing not to voluntarily recognize its employees’ request for a union. Womp womp.

Hamilton Nolan · 04/11/14 02:44PM

Al Jazeera America is laying off "a few dozen staff employees, as well as freelance employees," probably due to the fact that Americans do not watch Al Jazeera America, because they vaguely suspect it of terrorism.