Al Jazeera has purchased Current TV in the United States, gaining access to millions more viewers (read more @http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/04/opinion/al-jazeera-commentary/index.html?hpt=us_mid) .
Though often vilified during the Bush administration, al Jazeera is, for the most part, to as "fair and balanced" as any of the major, U.S. TV and cable news stations. One major advantage to watching al Jazeera is that Americans can find out what is happening outside of the United States and, more especially, what is of concern day-to-day to Middle Easterners. There is an entire world out there where important events happen everyday . . . but one will rarely discover these events by watching American news. For those who have never ventured outside of the American TV/cable news venues, JPR recommends trying both Al Jazeera and BBC World.