"Al Jazeera America does not tolerate any discriminatory conduct and we take great pride in the diversity of our organization and its leadership," CEO Ehab Al Shihabi said at a press conference on Monday. "The recent attacks on us as being anti-Semitic, sexist and anti-American are absurd."
"It is important for Al-Jazeera America to report on the news from where it's happening," said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations for Al-Jazeera and the senior executive in charge of developing the new channel. "Chicago is a critically important city from a financial, political and social perspective. We could not create a channel that fully covers U.S. news and events without having a significant bureau in the Windy City."