Network's shutdown is a loss for reporting of Native Americans
The decision to shutter Al Jazeera America recently was met with a general shoulder shrug. It was hard to find the channel on cable TV. It was easy to find its website, but not enough people were interested in finding it.
Yet, there’s one particular avenue of its coverage that will be missed, at least by those who aren’t hypnotized by the bright shiny object of political coverage and vapid reality TV. Nobody was as good at investigating stories involving Native Americans as AJA was; stories that the rest of us in the media should be ashamed to have ignored. Its 2015 series on Native American mobs in Minneapolis was as fine a piece of journalism as you’re likely to find.