January 03, 2013

Al-Gore and Al-Jazeera

Oh, this is too rich. I thought this had to be from The Onion but no.

Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant, has long tried to convince Americans that it is a legitimate news organization, not a parrot of Middle Eastern propaganda or something more sinister

"A decade ago, Al Jazeera’s flagship Arabic-language channel was reviled by American politicians for showing videotapes from Al Qaeda members and sympathizers."

Sounds like their politics line up with Current quite well.

"Al Jazeera did not disclose the purchase price, but people with direct knowledge of the deal pegged it at around $500 million, indicating a $100 million payout for Mr. Gore, who owned 20 percent of Current. Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly."

Hmmm...that's odd. It's almost as if he were changing his behavior to avoid taxation. That can't be right. The Keynsesians have been telling me that doesn't happen. I guess Gore is just some weird statistical outlier.

"On Wednesday, Mr. Hyatt praised Al Jazeera for “bringing large-scale resources to journalism — something which we have not been able to do.” In a letter to Current employees, some of whom are expected to lose their jobs, he said he and Mr. Gore would join the advisory board of the newly rebranded channel."

So Gore gets his $100 MM and his staff get pink slips. I can't wait for the howls of outrage from the LGOMB. They'll see this Montgomery C. Burns move for what it is and raise their voices in protest. Either that or ignore this entirely. I guess we'll see.

WSJ has more:

Mr. Hyatt said they agreed to sell to Al Jazeera in part because “Al Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current,” including “to give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard” and “to speak truth to power.” Other suitors who didn’t share Current’s ideology were rebuffed. Glenn Beck’s The Blaze approached Current about buying the channel last year, but was told that “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,” according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

So Algore has sold his company to a terrorist apologist outfit from Doha but will remain on the board after receiving $100 MM and sending a number of his employees to the bread lines. Classy.

Update: people are already piling on this one:

#CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches 16 and Pregnant and Murdered

— Angela Morabito (@_AngelaMorabito) January 2, 2013

Stoned in Afghanistan #CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 2, 2013

We have a winner right here.—-> RT @brianhtan: @talkmaster @ewerickson#CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches "How I met your mullah"

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 2, 2013

#CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches Arabia's Funniest Home Beheadings

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 2, 2013

#currentaljazeerashowpitches Say Yes to the Dress that Covers Everything But Your Eyes

— Angela Morabito (@_AngelaMorabito) January 2, 2013

#CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches Real Submissive Housewives of the Middle East

— 30Angel Gone Coastal (@GNGstaGrizzette) January 3, 2013

#CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches Joanie Obeys Chachi

— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) January 2, 2013

Sharia Law & Order #CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches

— Rex Harrison's Hat (@RexHarrisonsHat) January 2, 2013

#CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches How I Met Your Camel

— Annabella (@IAMINTOSAVINGS) January 3, 2013

#CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitchesQueer Eye for the...never mind they killed them all.

— Redonda McNeil (@dondalynn) January 3, 2013

My Three Wives. #CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches

— Beckett (@Beckett8) January 3, 2013

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Go Boom #CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches

— J. Clark (@KingTuskaloosa) January 3, 2013

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I'm honestly surprised it hasn't folded yet.

Posted by: Carl at January 3, 2013 04:01 PM