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Al Jazeera America Touts Its Lack Of Justin Bieber Coverage

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JUSTIN BIEBER
This police booking mug made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department shows pop star Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Bieber and singer Khalil were arrested for allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. Police say Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Miami Dade County Jail) | AP

When Al Jazeera America launched back in August, it made a lot of promises about how it was going to avoid the kind of celebrity coverage other networks feasted on. This Thursday, the channel had a perfect story to ignore: Justin Bieber's arrest.

Lots of people were pretty interested in the Bieber story, especially after his mugshot was released. Al Jazeera America, though, began emailing reporters to remind them that—to quote some teenager somewhere—it was SO not paying attention:

Instead, the network said, it was focusing on things like the water crisis in West Virginia and a speech by the president of Iran.

Meanwhile, CNN was close to all-Bieber, all-the-time:

Al Jazeera wasn't the only one to point to its disdain for Bieber coverage. Another upstart network, Fusion, also called the Bieber story "Insignificant Breaking News":

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