Nashville will be home to one of 12 Al Jazeera America hubs across the country, according to a bureau list from the network, obtained by Politico media reporter Dylan Byers.
You may remember, Al Jazeera — the news network owned by the government of Qatar — is coming to America after purchasing Al Gore's Current TV at the end of last year. The network has often been highly controversial in the states, as many Americans associate it with airing Al Qaeda home videos on its Arabic-language station. More recently, though, it has gained credibility in journalistic circles, particularly after its coverage of the Arab Spring protests.
After the jump, the list of bureaus by way of Politico:
Nashville's presence on the list is actually not as random as it may seem to outsiders. For one thing, the city has a significant Kurdish population, not to mention a number of other sizable international communities.
That said, something tells us that some in the state and the city — from public officials to the anonymous horde currently banging out all-caps commentary below — might greet the news somewhat differently.