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2013-01-03 Home Front: Culture Wars
Al Jazeera Acquires Current TV
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Posted by Steve White 2013-01-03 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [286 views ]  Top

#1 Fits right in with RT taking up more and more of "Free Speech TV"s broadcast day.
Amy Goodman and RT - like mixing Mao and Putin.
Posted by Water Modem 2013-01-03 03:59||   2013-01-03 03:59|| Front Page Top

#2 Time Warner Cable appears to be dropping Current TV, which will linit the growth opportunities of the Al Jazeera venture, if true.
Posted by trailing wife 2013-01-03 05:52||   2013-01-03 05:52|| Front Page Top

#3 But Current's schedule of shows will most likely be dissolved in the spring.
If I'm a gal talking head, I'd be so out of there right now. In Arab world dissolved means dissolved, if you catch muh drift.
Posted by Shipman 2013-01-03 05:58||   2013-01-03 05:58|| Front Page Top

#4 I've seen Al Jazeera English while in Israel.

It seems less anti-American and anti Israel than MSNBC or the BBC - certainly less sneering. The impression I got was that it was a lot like CNN but with less glitz and with fewer blond women.
Posted by lord garth 2013-01-03 07:29||   2013-01-03 07:29|| Front Page Top

#5 I've seen it on the Roku; agree with lord garth. I suspect the Arabic version is substantially nastier, but the English version is actually pretty decent.
Posted by Glenmore 2013-01-03 08:29||   2013-01-03 08:29|| Front Page Top

#6 They rebuffed Glenn Beck and The Blaze to sell to Al Jazeera
Posted by Beavis 2013-01-03 08:31||   2013-01-03 08:31|| Front Page Top

#7 Seeing as Gore made a fortune off carbon credits I always figured he knew this channel would flop and he was just trying to suck in Soros (or other money that wouldnt care about prophet). Guess Soros had enough channels.
Posted by Rjschwarz 2013-01-03 09:19||   2013-01-03 09:19|| Front Page Top

#8 Gore is going to be insufferable once he cashes his $100,000,000 check.
Posted by Beau 2013-01-03 11:21||   2013-01-03 11:21|| Front Page Top

#9 Going to be?
Posted by lotp 2013-01-03 11:59||   2013-01-03 11:59|| Front Page Top

#10 $100,000,000 should purchase a few months supply of ...."happy endings" SPA visits.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-03 12:17||   2013-01-03 12:17|| Front Page Top

#11 Payoff for support ME oil by opposing western energy development.
Posted by Iblis 2013-01-03 14:40||   2013-01-03 14:40|| Front Page Top

#12 Never thought of it that way but I think Iblis has the angle there. Even if we can't be certain it is true it certainly Dan Rather true.
Posted by rjschwarz 2013-01-03 15:06||   2013-01-03 15:06|| Front Page Top

#13 That money will be welcome as an endowment for the high energy costs of Gore's humble green mansion in Tennessee.
Posted by Alaska Paul 2013-01-03 15:57||   2013-01-03 15:57|| Front Page Top

#14 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

Al-Jizz now has an audience of one or two viewers with this purchase. This is a bigger rip off than Al Gore selling a bunch of gullible academics on global warming.
Posted by JohnQC 2013-01-03 17:20||   2013-01-03 17:20|| Front Page Top

#15 As Instapundit says

AL JAZEERA BUYS CURRENT TV. “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.”

That’s Irony #1. Irony #2 is Al Gore walking away with $100 million in dirty oil money. Well, it would be ironic if it weren’t so predictable. Al’s a whore, basically. Gore, I mean. Not Jazeera.
Posted by tipper 2013-01-03 19:14||   2013-01-03 19:14|| Front Page Top

#16 Beavis' link is comedic gold:
the decision to go with the Middle Easter outlet came, in part, because, “al-Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current.”

And then we have the tax consequences of this:
Gore was reportedly eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31 in order to avoid higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1. Unfortunately for Gore, the deal wasn’t signed until Wednesday, however.

Given his ecstacy at Comrade Barack's election, I am shocked, SHOCKED that this "fat cat" would try to pay less than his "fair share" of taxes!

Al Gore, you didn't build that! Of course you haven't built anything, but that's another topic.
Posted by Frozen Al 2013-01-03 19:25||   2013-01-03 19:25|| Front Page Top

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