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July 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite recent criticism by Israeli officials of its coverage of the current Israel/Palestine conflict and a shelling of its offices in Gaza by Israeli forces, Al-Jazeera America has seen a 30 percent rise in its overall ratings since the conflict began and a 40 percent rise during primetime, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Tuesday). The newspaper noted that despite the rising audience, the cable news network has had to reduce staff and cut costs. The success of its coverage of the Gaza tumult has spurred some analysts to advocate that the channel focus more on international news than on domestic news. But an Al-Jazeera America spokesman told the newspaper, "I think it shows that there is appetite for in-depth coverage when there is breaking news anywhere."