Al Gore rejects Glenn Beck’s bid, sells TV network to Al-Jazeera

For many on the right (Glenn Beck included), it’s a nightmare. For a former VP and other shareholders, it just may be a dream come true. I’m talking about Al-Jazeera’s newest broadcaster – Al Gore’s Current TV.

As reported on Politico earlier today, the Qatar-based news broadcaster Al-Jazeera has acquired Current TV after the company went up for sale a while back. Brian Stetler reports:

Rather than simply use Current to distribute its existing English-language channel, called A-Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al-Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations. Potentially called Al-Jazeera America, roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al-Jazeera English.

Al-Jazeera may absorb some Current TV staff members, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But Current’s schedule of shows will most likely be dissolved in the spring.

The plan will bring A-Jazeera, which is financed by the government of Qatar, into closer competition with CNN and other news channels in the United States.

More than a few Republicans were concerned about the possibility of a state-owned Middle Eastern news broadcaster pumping out content directly to American consumers. One such man was Glenn Beck, who tried to prevent the sale of Gore’s network to Al-Jazeera by purchasing Current himself. Fox News reports:

Al-Jazeera wasn’t the only media company with its sights set on former Vice President Al Gore’s little-watched Current TV.

Glenn Beck’s Blaze Media approached the struggling cable news network last year, the Wall Street Journal reports, but was rebuffed because “the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view.”

Instead, Gore went with the Emir of Qatar-funded Arab news channel Al-Jazeera.

While Al-Jazeera has been accused of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in the past, we all know what Al Gore thought of Glenn Beck. Alas, politics and business prove once again that they only mix with weird results.

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7 replies

  1. Although Al Jazeera has never publicly aligned itself with al qaeda, it has had no problem airing the terrorists videos and allowing terrorists to spew anti-America and anti-Semitic speech on their network. This is at best irresponsible journalism and at worst an unspoken endorsement of terrorist activity. Gore says that he, his network and Al Jazeera share the same philosophical ideals. Somehow I am not surprised by his statement. Allowing Al Jazeera into America is no different than allowing terrorists into America. Oh, wait, the federal government already allows terrorists in to America.

    • “Although Al Jazeera has never publicly aligned itself with al qaeda, it has had no problem airing the terrorists videos and allowing terrorists to spew anti-America and anti-Semitic speech on their network. This is at best irresponsible journalism and at worst an unspoken endorsement of terrorist activity.”

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Apparently, though, Glenn Beck’s network is far more dangerous. Gore’s company said they examined what the networks stood for before considering bids.

  2. We’ll likely never know, but I’ll bet Gore simply took the best (for him) deal as any proper capitalist would

  3. And he/Gore tried to get the deal done before the “fiscal cliff” vote so as not to be taxed at the higher rate.

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