Hopes were high when the deep pocketed Arab news network Al-Jazeera opened an American news service in 2013. Talking heads would be out - impartial, investigative journalism would be in - and a significant number of career journalists signed up, taking US chief executive Ehab al Shihabi at his word.
But those heady days are far behind the network. Its latest struggle is the departure of a number of the big names who joined on that promise. One of them, former CBS news executive Marcy McGinnis, said she didn't want to be at Al-Jazeera America anymore because of a "culture of fear...people are afraid to lose their jobs if they cross Ehab." Courtesy The New York Times.