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Reactions are still coming in from the announcement of Al Jazeera purchasing CURRENT TV.

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Andrejs Vanags

Thanks Al Gore.. for defusing future hate-filled attacks on any comment skeptical of anthropogenic global warming, given that we are ‘funded and controlled by the evil and filthy rich oil companies’. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

al-gorzeera?

DaveG

Al Gore the ultimate hypocrite can now say…
I’ve looked a climate from both sides now – Wow they both pay handsomely!
Who cares where the money comes from as long as it comes!!!!

ZootCadillac

I think it’s worth remembering that Current TV has been purchased not as a going concern but for their broadcasting rights ( and possibly premises and equipment ). The station will not continue as Current TV but is to be replaced by Al Jazeera American. Current TV as a brand and all of its programming will cease to exist. Which is a good thing, right?
Even as chairman I’m not sure how much Gore would have had to do with the sale. I expect that Joel Hyatt did most of the donkey work with large shareholders such as Burkle and Gore along with the likes of Comcast simply being offered a proposal ( there appear to have been other suitors, i don’t know who ) to say yay or nay to and collect their windfalls after signing.
It does appear to me to have been slightly overvalued given that a good chunk of revenue came via Time Warner and they have refused to carry the new station. Odd that it’s subscription based in the US as it’s free ( to cable and satellite ) over here. Not that this gained them any more of an audience.

I hear they are hiring Baghdad Bob to be their chief climate correspondent.

DaveG

I Just read this from IBD.
Mark it up as a three-fer in greedy hypocrisy for Gore. He gives anti-Semitic Islamists more influence in America, takes $100 million in cash from Big Oil (after making a lucrative living by claiming that it’s destroying the planet), and gives those same greenhouse gasbags a foothold in the U.S. media.
Al, you’re a beauty!!!!!

pkatt

But Al and Al do have similar interests.. one day the “Brain” will rule the world… AGAIN???

Magoo

@DaveG:
AND Gore also tried to avoid paying extra tax (like a typical socialist) by desperately trying to conclude the sale before the Democrats new tax regulations came in on Jan the 1st.

Just waiting for Al to say:- “It doesn’t matter whether it is a white cat or a black cat, a cat that catches mice is a good cat.”
🙂

Go Home

AI have had a little history with Current TV back when they hired Keith Olbermann, and before they fired him. You see, I disliked Keith very much, and became a professional troll at their website (a beloved troll I can add). I use to love to discuss his daily rants with the blind leftist friends of Keith, the whole right is racist, tea party racist, OWS greatest thing since sliced bread.
I loved facts, so I always came armed. Especially about his failed ratings while at Current TV and the lunacy near the end which got him fired. His koolaide drinking lefties were shocked. I was vindicated.
Anyhoo….back when he was praising the OWS and cursing the cops as fascists I posted this…..
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“From Alexa,com…CurrentTV rankings within countries, top 5:
Pakistan – ranked 1,324
India – ranked 2,148
Phillipines – ranked 2,432
Bangladesh – ranked 2,730
USA – ranked 3,150
So the islamist militants are likely finding Keith Online videos very inspirational. I have seen Currents rankings rise in Pakistan the past two months. They must love the OWS cop bashing videos very much.
And today we find that Al Quada was quite fond of Keith Olbermann and were sad to see he got fired from MSNBC….
“This Al Qaeda media strategy story keeps getting weirder and weirder. Last week we noted that Al Qaeda really disliked Fox News Channel, according to documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.”
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So I now find it funny now how that network has been sold to Al Jazeera by good old Al. And he declined early last year to sell it to Glen Beck. You got to love the left in this country.
I also created this little faux video of Keith back when he was at MSNBC and predicting his demise there. For those that may like to see a little of Keith’s best rantings while debating the famous Etrade babies.
Keith Olbermann Countdown unaired episode with a meltdown

Seems to me this is not the action of a socialist but that of a capitalist after all maximize your profit first and the devil take the hind most.

Go Home

Sorry, missed part of the quotes from that article in my post above.
” According to the Washington Post‘s David Ignatius, Al Qaeda’s … preferred MSNBC when Keith Olbermann was hosting there: “

The context sensitive ad that I see is for “Brain training games.” That’s a good editorial comment!

Rhys Jaggar

Ah well, no doubt it’ll give Al Gore, on one of his perfunctory ‘consultancy’ trips to the Gulf courtesy of the sale, to pop in to say ‘Hi!’ to Dick Cheney, now that Halliburton has relocated its HQ to that part of the world…….

Patrick

Strange, if ever I want a break from the main stream propaganda broadcasters here in Aus such as ABC, SBS etc, I turn to Al Jazeera.

RoHa

“Seems to me this is not the action of a socialist but that of a capitalist after all”
Of course. Gore is an American politician. There are no socialists in American politics. Just hard right-wingers and totally loony right-wingers.

tumpys

Been watching al jazera for years, its good news and less biased / skewed than other news oulets so pleased its coming to the us, nice to hear news sometimes thats isnt guided by govt spin etc…

ZootCadillac says:
January 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm
…. Odd that it’s subscription based in the US as it’s free ( to cable and satellite ) over here.

Odd? Odd? Are you serious? Some of us actually remember the events of 9/11 and have not forgiven those who celebrated it.

Doug Huffman

@DaveG, “I’ve looked a climate from both sides now” Joni Mitchell was prescient!
Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere, i’ve looked at cloud that way.
But now they only block the sun, they rain and snow on everyone.
So many things i would have done but clouds got in my way.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions i recall.
I really don’t know clouds at all.
[ … ]

Elyess

Being a junior scientist with no particular interest in any flavour of human/prophetic interaction or special/important/scary stories with which to frighten the kids…..And having worked as a north american (read canadian) oil and gas professional within the arab world for the past 25 years …. I would suggest that you folks south of the 49th give al jazeera english a listen to on youtube. In my humble opinion, it beats the p…h out of CNN and even rivals the BBC. However, should you folks continue to believe that you are exceptionally special and that your p…h does not smell, well then.enjoy your american dream and keep on listening your selves, alone.

jeanparisot

So the news spectrum in the US will look like, from right to left: Fox Business, Fox News, AJ, CBS, ABC, CNN, NBC, NPR, MSNBC

Isn’t it time for a reprint of the previous comparisons of “poor ol’ Al’s” financial status when he left “politics” as opposed to now?

ZootCadillac

TomB says:
January 5, 2013 at 12:53 am
Odd? Odd? Are you serious? Some of us actually remember the events of 9/11 and have not forgiven those who celebrated it.
And what does any of that have to do with me finding it odd that Americans were paying for Current TV in subscriptions yet the British were receiving it in the default channel line up?

Regarding Elyess @ 1:16am
You miss the point. I don’t believe anyone has suggested that Al Jazeera shouldn’t be allowed to buy into a TV network.

Jimbo

It seems the sale of Current TV was pushed through to avoid having to pay more tax. That’s not the problem. The problem is that back in November Al Gore said in an interview with Reuters that:

“Let’s ask the most fortunate in our society, including me and you, to do our fair share,”
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hypocrite-gore-current-sale/2013/01/04/id/470048

Is Al Gore a hypocrite? Al I can say is do as I say, and not as I do. Al Gore could sell snake oil to a snake oil salesman. He has no worries about taking big oil money funded Al Jazeera which is funded / owned by the oil and natural gas rich state of Qatar. So much for his worries about big oil and global warming.

Jimbo

Al Gore is the very same hypocrite who purchased a second large home with 6 fireplaces.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/17/photos-al-goree-new-8875_n_579286.html
Al Gore is the very same hypocrite who managed Occidental Petroleum stock and taking polluting zinc cash while spouting off about the environment.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/03/al_gores_legacy_of_hypocrisy.html
Al Gore is one of the biggest hypocrites the world has ever known.

Otter

Elyess~ We Americans who are familiar with the LIES of both CNN and the Beeb, are NOT impressed.

Theodore

I guess you could simply call the 100 Mmillion dollars as back pay. Al’s climate change conspiracy theory lead to restrictions on oil drilling in the hopes of raising the costs until people couldn’t afford to buy it. All he accomplished was letting OPEC sell it for two to three time what it was worth by rationing supply. Al made them tens of billions of extra money in the last decade, I am sure he was due his tip.

RockyRoad

Dennis Nikols says:
January 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Seems to me this is not the action of a socialist but that of a capitalist after all maximize your profit first and the devil take the hind most.

Ever hear of the term “evil socialist”, Dennis? You have now. Ever hear of the term “uninformed”, or “brainwashed”? SImply read your comment again.
Elyess says:
January 5, 2013 at 1:16 am

Being a junior scientist with no particular interest in any flavour of human/prophetic interaction or special/important/scary stories with which to frighten the kids…..And having worked as a north american (read canadian) oil and gas professional within the arab world for the past 25 years …. I would suggest that you folks south of the 49th give al jazeera english a listen to on youtube. In my humble opinion, it beats the p…h out of CNN and even rivals the BBC. However, should you folks continue to believe that you are exceptionally special and that your p…h does not smell, well then.enjoy your american dream and keep on listening your selves, alone.

No thanks, Elyess. I don’t consider either CNN or the BBC even worth watching–The Blaze is far superior on content and accuracy. And I don’t consider your nasty rant to be worth any more than the poor selection of adjectives you use, either. If you wish to embrace a station that was al Qaeda’s favorite, or proudly carried bin Laden’s messages, your value system certainly isn’t worth emulating–Of that I’m exceptionally sure.

@Rodky Road:
I regularly watch Al Jazeera precisely because they put those folks on ‘straight’. It’s like having a camera ‘inside their tent’. Just amazing what it does for understanding of their goals and mind set…. “Observation is not agreement”. Ask any ‘forward spotter’….
Though I agree with the ranking above by Jean Parisot that had AJ ahead of the likes of MSNBC. I’ve tried to watch it, really I have. Just don’t have the stomach for it. Come to think of it, don’t watch CBS or NBC or PBS either… F.Business, Fox News, CNBC, A.J., CNN, then other stuff…

Jesus Green

According to Glen Beck, another potential bidder for Current TV :
Mr. Beck said on his radio show Thursday that his company’s interest was rebuffed “within 15 minutes.”
“We were not allowed to the table,” he said. “He (Gore) didn’t sell to the highest bidder. He looked for, Who do I ideologically align with?”
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/gore-went-to-bat-for-al-jazeera-and-himself/

d

Al Gore was a hypocrite way before this incident. Now hopefully more people will realize this and link it to the whole alarmist climate movement.

boodledug

Oh and BTW from same article linked previously:
Mr. Gore, … will have an unpaid seat on the board of the new Al Jazeera channel …

beesaman

Maybe, just maybe, he’s getting ready to bail out of the Global Warming scam and move into another ‘social’ area. He would need financial capital to do that and enough of it to make a big enough impact to drown out the criticism from the enviroloons.

DaveyInUk

Not a hypocrite, just a standard, know it all left-wing socialist suffering from the same narcissistic personality disorder that all socialists suffer from. They have answers and solutions to every known problem. This narcissistic personality disorder is fed by the love they feel from the fools who believe them and causes them to have intense hatred towards those fools who refuse to listen to them. All conversations with these loons is about proving their superiority never about solving problems.
The increasing prevalence of this narcissistic personality disorder across the western world is of course killing it. Western civilisation is collapsing before our very eyes.

DirkH

E.M.Smith says:
January 5, 2013 at 4:06 am
“I regularly watch Al Jazeera precisely because they put those folks on ‘straight’. It’s like having a camera ‘inside their tent’. Just amazing what it does for understanding of their goals and mind set…. “Observation is not agreement”. Ask any ‘forward spotter’…. ”
The goals have been written down 1,400 years ago as well as how to achieve them. (with every means available)
The only interesting part is how and why they fail.

beng

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E.M.Smith says:
January 5, 2013 at 4:06 am
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The lesson here is that Al Jazeera lags in “progressiveness” compared to US/UK news channels. AJ still has some modicum of truth slipping thru.
Don’t worry tho, AJ will eventually get it right, learning from their more experienced western counterparts. The Nazis employed socialist American university “research” to perfect their propaganda machine.

Mick J

boodledug says:
January 5, 2013 at 4:58 am
Oh and BTW from same article linked previously:
Mr. Gore, … will have an unpaid seat on the board of the new Al Jazeera channel …
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Have watched Al Jazeera English for a while now and it does, I think, add to the News perspective by covering events ignored by other outlets. It obviously has its own editorial position but hardly unique in that respect and the discerning viewer can do their own filtering as one does with the rest of the bunch. 🙂 However, on the environment front it could be sourcing its material straight from the BBC. There is a new series with the title Earth Rise, has a spectrum of reports some with useful content but the AGW meme pervades and I noted yesterday an on screen slide advocating that viewers go to the “Skeptical Science” site where will be found rebuttals for Skeptics claims. Gore with a seat on the board may end up with a vehicle with much more reach than Current TV.

Crispin in Waterloo

I have watched a bit of AJ in the past few months and it is pretty good. It is commonly provided at big hotels. It is much closer to how people think outside NA than NA-based networks. For textbook insanity try RT for half an hour! Although there is a broad spectrum of loons on offer in the West they are amateur hour compared with RT.
AJ is becoming for many people the new BBC where the unvarnished opinion of all sides gets an airing, like it or not. The BBC, now suffused with the incandescent glow of CAGW, still gets a lot of traction in the Colonies because it plays the AJ role of reliably providing news about The Regime from outside.
For those of you who are US-bound, please be aware that the CNN (etc) you see is not what appears on foreign screens. Overseas it is much more balanced and multinational in flavour, relatively speaking. Those wanting real balance about an event watch 3 or 4 channels to get different viewpoints. AJ is often one of them.

JohnD

When it comes to leftists, never assess as stupidity that which can be explained by malice.
(spoonerism w-h/t to Napoleon)

Doug Huffman

Well my one dimension news spectrum might be RussiaToday, CNN (only because I can’t escape it), Fox News, Fox Business, Haaretz, DEBKA, and points in between. I have also a technical dimension, a philosophical dimension and a religious dimension.
My understanding of American politics has been much influenced by Angelo Codevilla’s America’s Ruling Class – And the Perils of Revolution, and world politics by Samuel P. Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations – And The Remaking of World Order.
I am ten years television free. It is the death of 1000 cuts to intelligence, the mind sucker.

PaulH

The TV station, equipment, broadcast/cable license, AJ are all beside the point. The real story here is: Al Gore purposefully and enthusiastically (and with a straight face) accepted an estimated $100,000,000 from Big Oil/OPEC. Enough said.

Gunga Din

Dennis Nikols says:
January 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm
Seems to me this is not the action of a socialist but that of a capitalist after all maximize your profit first and the devil take the hind most.
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From Animal Farm: “All animals are created equal … but some animals are more equal than others.”

Gunga Din

zbcustom says:
January 5, 2013 at 2:29 am
Isn’t it time for a reprint of the previous comparisons of “poor ol’ Al’s” financial status when he left “politics” as opposed to now?
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The only real hockey stick in CAGW.

richardscourtney

PaulH:
At January 5, 2013 at 7:15 am you say

The TV station, equipment, broadcast/cable license, AJ are all beside the point. The real story here is: Al Gore purposefully and enthusiastically (and with a straight face) accepted an estimated $100,000,000 from Big Oil/OPEC. Enough said.

Yes! Well said! Thankyou.
I only post to iterate your important post in hope that it will help others to avoid missing it.
As you say, that is the “real story” but it was completely lost in a torrent of irrelevance on the other thread.
Richard

“Well my one dimension news spectrum might be RussiaToday, CNN (only because I can’t escape it), Fox News, Fox Business, Haaretz, DEBKA, and points in between. I have also a technical dimension, a philosophical dimension and a religious dimension.
I am ten years television free. It is the death of 1000 cuts to intelligence, the mind sucker.”
Doug – STOP TAKING MY LIFE! Hahaha, that is said with good humor. SOUNDS SO MUCH LIKE ME. The fact that RT (despite some biases) CONTINUOUSLY scores with more INTELLIGENT reporting has not been missed on my part. SAD in a way, but then again…the A.G. $100 Million for a TURKEY (i.e., a WORTHLESS ENTERPRISE) is perhaps much more deep than you realize. ALTHOUGH the enterprise is worthless, the AL GORE is still the “Goracle” and leading the sheeple to the cliff (NOT FISCAL).
I have known for 30 years that we have enough shale oil/gas to run the USA for 500 to 1000 years. (Does ANYONE think we’ll be using FOSSIL FUELS 50, 100, or 300 years from now?)
We just need enough to TRANSITION to “whatever” is coming. BUT, the LUDDITE urge and apocalypse of the Goracle is enough to DAMAGE the USA, the WEST…and give the planners in the Middle East MORE POWER. They are not so stupid as to know that.
The Soviets used to call it, “Convenient Fool”. I, however, do subscribe to the concept that there are forces WILDLY beyond the planning of any temporal “conspirators”. Who’d have thought that the USSR would become the Union of Soley Saddened Russians?
The Saudis could find their day over in a very short period of time also.
And Al? I think the Goodyear Disease will take care of him!
Max

Whoops, above needs “NOT know that” in place of “know that”. Sorry.

David Jones

crosspatch says:
January 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm
I hear they are hiring Baghdad Bob to be their chief climate correspondent.
He’s probably better at it than Julia Slingo!
(Not that that would be difficult!)

Richard M

There’s always the possibility that this was the end game all along. Since it would have been an uphill fight to gain cable slots for AJ directly, it makes sense to fund someone else to get those spots. Just sayin’ …

David Jones

Elyess says:
January 5, 2013 at 1:16 am
“I would suggest that you folks south of the 49th give al jazeera english a listen to on youtube. In my humble opinion, it beats the p…h out of CNN and even rivals the BBC.”
As a Brit I do NOT regard “rivals the BBC” as being a statement of praise. Totally the opposite!