Irony: Gore Walks Away With $100 Million In Dirty Oil Money As Al Jazeera Buys Current TV

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Al Jazeera is buying Current TV, the cable news channel founded by Al Gore.

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.

It just bought itself 40 million more chances to make its case.

Al Jazeera on Wednesday announced a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore, a former vice president, and his business partners seven years ago. Al Jazeera plans to shut Current and start an English-language channel, which will be available in more than 40 million homes, with newscasts emanating from both New York and Doha, Qatar.

For Al Jazeera, which is financed by the government of Qatar, the acquisition is a coming of age moment. A decade ago, Al Jazeera’s flagship Arabic-language channel was reviled by American politicians for showing videotapes from Al Qaeda members and sympathizers. Now the news operation is buying an American channel, having convinced Mr. Gore and the other owners of Current that it has the journalistic muscle and the money to compete head-to-head with CNN and other news channels in the United States.

I have two comments:

First, Al Gore is apparently walking away with $100 million from the deal. That $100 million, of course, coming from the oil-rich government of Qatar. Meaning that Al Gore just got bought out with a big, fat bundle of dirty, dirty oil money.

Second, based on what little I watched of Current’s programming, this move might actually result in the channel being a little bit less hostile to Israel.

Update: The irony just doesn’t stop. Apparently Gore and his partners rushed the sale…to avoid Obama’s tax hikes.

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. But the deal was not signed until Wednesday.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • nimrod

    That’s really funny.

    • Bat One

      What’s funny is just how many folks on the Left thought of Gore as some sort of eco-savior. He was always just an opportunistic hypocrite who played his liberal supporters for all they were worth.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        My favorite algore line right after he had his epiphany about Bush (regarding the Iraq war)…”he played on our fears”…
        Gore is a typical lying sack of Democrat fat cat sh*t. Look back at the list of Democrat scum bags of this caliber: Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Edwards, Obama, Biden. Now there is a cast of scum sucking low lifes for you. God save us from the next character they send along our way

      • slackwarerobert

        How is his gasoline engine plant doing? Haven’t heard anything since he bought it a few years ago. Did obama bail him out during the meltdown on the sly?

      • $8194357

        You mean kinda like Barry and his third world social justice wealth redistribution folks will be disapointed when N.Korean type facism
        comes instead?

  • mikemc1970

    So the Folly Green Giant has sold out to big oil. HA! Maybe he wants to live larger in that beach mansion, on the ocean that will soon rise to cover it, he recently purchased when Tipper found out what the Crazed Sex Poodle was up to and gave him the old heave-ho.

    • $8194357

      Carnal credits were not pre purchased.
      IE carbon credits.

  • Bat One

    If Current hadn’t dumped Olberman the payout would have been much, much lower.

  • slackwarerobert

    I just hope they finally put the bomb making stuff in english on their new network. There are to many bad sites with bad info, will be nice to have a reliable network that puts out the truth. Maybe they will even correct the lies of gores global warming, now that would be funny. Air the famous muslim riot video, all youtube has is segments of it.

    • WOOF

      Qatar is hosting some big climate change conference.

      • $8194357

        UN AGENDA 21…
        Get used to global governance useful fool tool.

    • ellinas1

      Do you run Slackware on your box?
      If yes, how is it compared to Fedora?

  • WOOF

    Qatar is the richest country in the world.
    We all pay tribute to Qatar.
    We paid Al Gore.

    • $8194357

      You on the left ever going to figure out;
      Ya reep what ya sow, wooffie?
      Sow to the liars and get more of the same.
      Hybreds for indoctrinations falsehoods.

    • Gary

      Only the likes of you and your kind pay tribute to the Muslims. You’re as anti American as the rest of the left.

      • WOOF

        It’s Qatar , it’s OPEC, it’s treasury bonds, it’s a kingdom that owns a piece of everything. You pay them, they pay Al.

        • Gary

          It’s only OPEC because obama won’t open up drilling and oil production here. Wake up.

          • WOOF

            Rob was hosted by the American Petroleum Institute.
            “the American Petroleum Institute, its 2012 directors included Tofiq Al-Gabsani, a Saudi Arabian national who heads the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) subsidiary, the state-run oil company that also helps finance API.”
            API funded American’s for Prosperity attack adds on Obama.

            All go to heaven in a little bitty boat.

          • Gary

            Your answer is moronic. Tell us, woof, why isn’t obama opening up the drilling and oil production to reduce dependency on OPEC?

          • WOOF

            Where can’t you drill ? Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone ?

            “Domestic crude oil production in September 2012 hit the highest monthly
            output since 1998, according to the U.S. Energy Information
            Administration (EIA).”

          • Gary

            You’re talking about “private” land.
            Let’s start to answer your question of where can’t you drill.

            http://voices.washingtonpost.com/post-carbon/2010/12/obama_administration_will_ban.html

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Would that be the dirty oil money or the clean oil money?

  • sbark

    The trouble with Liberalism is socialism……..when it gets down to it—there are none.

    They are after the payoff as much as any capitalist. They just prefer to work the system to get it vrs. putting an idea together with risk and hard work that epitomisis the typical small business owner……….and then be willing to let an AlGore preach to them with a 1880’s bottle of snake oil in his left hand, al the while his right hand is pulling money out of their back pocket while he smiles all the way to the bank.
    Stupid is as stupid does.

    • banjo kid

      The people have ears but hear not , they have eyes but see nothing , it is a common aliment with people . The devil left us with a horrid book called Alinsky’s rules for radicals . Gore along with every lefty uses the book today . The book is dedicated to Alinsky’s father the devil.

      • $8194357

        And ‘knowlege’ that leads to death eternal.
        The way that seems right unto a man,
        but is foolishness to the Almighty.

  • $8194357

    Irony is modern day propaganda and its ‘indoctrinations’…

    What follows the ‘agenda’ is what gets reported or accomplished

    in the world today..Pre determined outcome from manufactured narratives..

    Example:

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/01/syria-civil-war-death-toll-reaches-60000-un-adopts-22-resolutions-against-israel-.html

    Syria civil war death toll reaches 60,000
    UN adopts 22 resolutions against ….. Israel

    While choking on their own hate, the collective negation of humanity ignores mass genocide, and instead advances Islamic Jew-hatred. The international community should be excoriating Islamic genocide, ethnic cleansing, subjugation, and oppression, instead of blaming the victims of these savages.

    “Syria civil war death toll reaches 60,000, UN says” CBC January 2 2013

    • banjo kid

      It is a puzzle that is laid piece by piece by God , He gives a clear out line in Daniel what is taking place today with Russia and Syria and China, Iran, , ( Old Persia) They will turn on each other in confusion and slay each other . The West will not be in this picture as God wants the world to know He is the savior of Israel and the world. Israel will be alone when they come for them but God will stop it to show He is all powerful (He is) and the world will bow to Him. The time is very short so any one that does not want to spend the rest of time suffering would do well to search out God . Come to Him and accept that you are a sinner (I am also) and admit it and ask for forgiveness . I beg all that do not know the Savior to get to know Him very soon , today is the time of salvation.

      • $8194357

        Agreed Banjo..
        Anyone with any knowlege at all of Israels role in the
        end times should be looking up and within.
        Seek Ye first His Kingdom,
        as no one is gaurenteed tommorrow..
        I am glad I met you, Brother..
        Keep the Faith..

  • reggy

    He created a business, made it valuable, and turned it for profit. Is capitalism bad when practiced by people you don’t like?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well, no. I’m not saying he can’t cash in.

      I’m just laughing at who he’s getting the money from, and the tax-avoidance.

      • reggy

        Everyone has a price. :)

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Apparently!

          Hell, if a bunch of liberals offered me a good price for SAB I might just sell. ;-)

          • $8194357

            We all have a price…

    • banjo kid

      No but we do dislike people who preach for us to do one thing while they do something entirely different and profit . He made his fortune off of global warming fear mongering and there is no warming has not been for 17 years, Alaska is cooling down to the tune of 2.4 degrees so far when they said it would warm up . He made his money lying to the public and not by an honest endeavor , big difference . I do dislike all liars and he is one of the biggest .

      • $8194357

        Yup

  • LastBestHope

    A handicapped African-American vegan female wind farmer was available to buy Current TV with a federal grant of $50mil.

    Gore is a white male 1% capitalist pig oppressor for passing up her offer.

    • $8194357

      She was a lesbian ‘veteran’ too, huh…

  • sbark

    So…….AL Gore made more money from OIL—OOOOIIILLLL——than Dick Cheney ever dreamed of making, heck probably more than Cheney and Bush Combined …..
    Ironic

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