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Al-Jazeera to buy Current TV

by coldwarrior ( 63 Comments › )
Filed under Islam, Islamic Finance, Islamists, Middle East, Open thread at January 3rd, 2013 - 11:30 am

Wasn’t there a big to do when the Aussie Rupert Murdock wanted to  buy news outlets in the US?

 

Al Jazeera Seeks a U.S. Voice Where Gore Failed

By BRIAN STELTER
Al Gore, a co-founder of Current TV, which will be shut down by the Qatar-based news organization Al Jazeera.Danny Moloshok/Associated Press Al Gore, a co-founder of Current TV, which will be shut down by the Qatar-based news organization Al Jazeera.

9:16 p.m. | Updated 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.

 

Gutter, Kutter, Quattor….Qatar…hmmm…aren’t they one of the major funders of Hamas and al-Qaeda now, amongst other things?

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63 Responses to “Al-Jazeera to buy Current TV”
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  1. huckfunn
    1 | January 3, 2013 11:52 am

    UPDATE: Time Warner Cable Drops Current TV Upon Sale To Al Jazeera. Via WZ
    I’ve got Time Warner and I didn’t even know that Current was in the line up.


  2. 2 | January 3, 2013 11:53 am

    Gutter, Kutter, Quattor….Qatar…hmmm…aren’t they one of the major funders of Hamas and al-Qaeda now, amongst other things?

    They are a harmless country!
    ////


  3. 3 | January 3, 2013 11:54 am

    @ huckfunn:

    I’ve got Time Warner and I didn’t even know that Current was in the line up.

    You haven’t miss anything!


  4. heysoos
    4 | January 3, 2013 11:57 am

    this country is already crawling with AQ and it’s associates…now they actually an office to operate out of…how nice
    how much more stupid can we get?…liberals are gonna get a whole lot of people killed when they decide to unleash their goods and services


  5. 5 | January 3, 2013 12:00 pm

    @ heysoos:

    It’s a shame both parties support the MB and AQ. Can I have a party opposed to Islamic Supremacy? Heck even Fox News is now pro-Islamist. They just repeat AQ propaganda on Syria. I don’t watch Fox that much anymore because of that.


  6. huckfunn
    6 | January 3, 2013 12:03 pm

    @ Rodan:
    I’ve never watched knowing who owned it and the scumbags involved with. Jihad TV for sure.


  7. 7 | January 3, 2013 12:04 pm

    heysoos wrote:

    how much more stupid can we get?…liberals are gonna get a whole lot of people killed when they decide to unleash their goods and services

    we can get way more stupid than we are now. look at Europe.

    you’re right. this strategy will get people killed. those who own the strategy don’t care now, won’t care in the future, haven’t cared where they’ve employed it in the past.


  8. Speranza
    8 | January 3, 2013 12:13 pm

    Al Gore a charter member of the 1%.


  9. Speranza
    9 | January 3, 2013 12:14 pm

    Maybe they can rehire Keith Olbermann.


  10. Speranza
    10 | January 3, 2013 12:15 pm

    Rodan wrote:

    @ huckfunn:

    I’ve got Time Warner and I didn’t even know that Current was in the line up.
    You haven’t miss anything!

    Eliot Spitzer and Jennifer Granholm work at Current TV.


  11. waldensianspirit
    11 | January 3, 2013 12:19 pm

    @ Speranza:
    Now they can work directly for their overlords


  12. huckfunn
    12 | January 3, 2013 12:22 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Eliot Spitzer and Jennifer Granholm work at Current TV.

    According to the lineup, they also have shows with morons Joey Behar and Cenk Uygar.


  13. 13 | January 3, 2013 12:27 pm

    @ huckfunn:

    Hard-Left TV. It was a commercial failure, though, was it not? Seems to me that Al Jizz got ripped off. But now they have a direct pipeline into their supporters on the Hard Left. I doubt that their ratings will pick up, but I don’t think Al Jizz is about the ratings the way a company in America or Europe would be. They are like the “news” organs of the former Socviet Union. It is more important to get out the Party Line than to make money. In that they are perfectly suited for the Democrats, though Gore certainly doesn’t mind making out like a bandit every chance he can get. He’s probably really glad he lost the Presidency. He’s made a lot more money as a spokeshole for the hardest hard Left. He should be forced to share his wealth


  14. buzzsawmonkey
    14 | January 3, 2013 12:35 pm

    As Ann Althouse points out, what Al “Jazeera” Gore was selling was his access/lobbying to get Al Jazeera into the American cable market.

    Al Jazeera was not carried by US cable companies, for the most part. Current TV was, but nobody watched it. A/J buys Current, and gives Gore the big money to persuade American companies not to drop Current because it’s now owned by A/J.

    They’re buying their way in, using a former US Vice President to get them in (according to Weasel Zippers, Gore turned down an offer from Glenn Beck in favor of Al Jazeera, for ideological reasons).

    Note, BTW, that Mr. Anti-Big-Oil, Mr. Carbon Footprint, is taking a big, big wad of cash from those oil-rich sheiks.


  15. unclassifiable
    15 | January 3, 2013 12:35 pm

    I want to interject something here.

    I am not sure that this focus on the culture is all that great.

    The real principals I think that Conservatives/Libertarians should be fighting for should be immutable relative to the culture.

    As a matter of fact I think we should first state that Government and Politics should not be the end-all-be-all for “everything”. How about we give the culture back to the people for a change? We need to show them how the Dems are stealing it and thier lib syncophants in the media and Hollywood are letting them do it.

    This ain’t the USSA.


  16. SciFiGuy
    16 | January 3, 2013 12:36 pm

    huckfunn wrote:

    Speranza wrote:

    Eliot Spitzer and Jennifer Granholm work at Current TV.

    According to the lineup, they also have shows with morons Joey Behar and Cenk Uygar.

    None of which will have to change their screed to be accepted on Al Jazzera.


  17. buzzsawmonkey
    17 | January 3, 2013 12:37 pm

    Note, also, that Gore sold out in time to avoid paying “his fair share.”


  18. waldensianspirit
    18 | January 3, 2013 12:39 pm

    unclassifiable wrote:

    This ain’t the USSA.

    It ain’t?


  19. EBL
    19 | January 3, 2013 12:39 pm

    Separated at Birth…?


  20. unclassifiable
    20 | January 3, 2013 12:43 pm

    @ waldensianspirit:

    Well not yet.

    Guess I’m too lazy to give up (emmigrating to Mars or the Moon seems to be a bit of a pain in the butt).


  21. 21 | January 3, 2013 12:46 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    I noticed that. The Dems are good at talking about “paying your fair share”, but when it comes to doing it they are noticably absent. It is like Warren Buffet campaigning for higher taxes when he has millions outstanding and is using every trick in the book to keep from paying them. They are hypocrits.


  22. Da_Beerfreak
    22 | January 3, 2013 12:56 pm

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    unclassifiable wrote:

    This ain’t the USSA.

    It ain’t?

    It’s worse… :evil:


  23. Da_Beerfreak
    23 | January 3, 2013 1:00 pm

    Every time a D’Rat uses the word ‘fair’ it really means that you have something they want and you are going to get screwed. :evil:


  24. 24 | January 3, 2013 1:02 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    It’s the Obamanation…


  25. 25 | January 3, 2013 1:13 pm

    Nothing here surprises me. Gore’s complete sell out of America. Current T.V. moving from one for of propaganda purpose to another. The big question of course will be, will anyone actually notice a change in programming in any appreciable way?

    My prediction: No.


  26. heysoos
    26 | January 3, 2013 1:15 pm

    looks like Boehner is gonna fold on the Sandy Pork Bill…pressure from his own party….what a mess
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/cane_mutiny_by_gop_on_sandy_aid_pM83RHIw1hDXEIYFWffJNL?utm_source=SFnewyorkpost&utm_medium=SFnewyorkpost


  27. Da_Beerfreak
    27 | January 3, 2013 1:17 pm

    Flyovercountry wrote:

    Nothing here surprises me. Gore’s complete sell out of America. Current T.V. moving from one for of propaganda purpose to another. The big question of course will be, will anyone actually notice a change in programming in any appreciable way?

    My prediction: No.

    If it’s done correctly no one really should notice any changes.

    Crap is crap…


  28. heysoos
    28 | January 3, 2013 1:17 pm

    the feds loot the voters to pay for votes…it’s criminal…
    Sandy Pork Bill is not about the storm victims, it’s payola and we get fucked from both directions…I’m about to blow


  29. huckfunn
    29 | January 3, 2013 1:19 pm

    Oompa Loompas gone wild.

    Two men dressed as Oompa-Loompas from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are being hunted by police after they allegedly attacked a man on a night out.
    The pair -- who had painted orange faces and dyed green hair and were wearing hooped tops like the characters in the 1971 musical film -- are said to have attacked and beat the shit out of a 28-year-old man as he left a kebab shop in the Prince of Wales Road nightclub area of Norwich, Norfolk.
    Norfolk Police said the man was left with cuts to his face, nose and lip, as well as two black eyes, after being confronted by the fictional factory workers at around 3.20am on Thursday.


  30. heysoos
    30 | January 3, 2013 1:24 pm

    comment from elsewhere…

    Please notice that the individual(s) that stuffed the pork in the bill is not identified. Who in the hell thought it was a good idea to contaminate the legislative vehicle intended to help those people in drastic need with their petty, unrelated, scratch-my-back, garbage projects? If Congress would man-up and identify these culprits by name, it would stop. But, of course, they won´t -- if they do, they´ll be named next time they do the stuffing.


  31. citizen_q
    31 | January 3, 2013 1:24 pm

    @ Flyovercountry:
    Gore is a corpulent hypocrite. The very picture of do as I say, not as I do.

    Green is the colour of money, and we can see how he cares where it comes from.

    gore has found the perfect gimmick. Wasn’t gore set to make a killing setting up carbon exchanges? But that got torpedoed when Cap and Trade was not passed. Too white to be a race hustler, so became an environment hustler.


  32. heysoos
    32 | January 3, 2013 1:25 pm

    no guts, no glory
    fortune favors the bold
    nothing ventured, nothing gained
    hello?….pretty simple
    GOP, the party of the three monkeys


  33. 33 | January 3, 2013 1:42 pm

    MOre people killed with hammers and clubs each year than with rifles. But it isn’t about reducing the numbers of murders, is it? Gun control is anti-civil rights legislation. There is no reald difference between pushing fo rit and pusing to have segregation re-introduced into the school system.


  34. heysoos
    34 | January 3, 2013 1:45 pm

    Boehner is in again….
    rewarding failure is a bad thing


  35. 35 | January 3, 2013 1:55 pm

    @ heysoos:

    the next couple of years are going to suck. I guess the silver lining is that Boehner has announced that he’s going to stop capitulating now. A bit late, but maybe he can grow a spine.


  36. lobo91
    36 | January 3, 2013 1:59 pm

    Flyovercountry wrote:

    @ heysoos:

    the next couple of years are going to suck. I guess the silver lining is that Boehner has announced that he’s going to stop capitulating now. A bit late, but maybe he can grow a spine.

    Well, after the $60 billion pork bill.


  37. lobo91
    37 | January 3, 2013 2:05 pm

    I still think Leia would have made a good Speaker.

    She could follow the fine example of Nopey whenever Obama wants to spend money we don’t have:


  38. lobo91
    38 | January 3, 2013 2:12 pm

    I hope they remember this when they get robbed:

    It’s Come To This: Illinois Denny’s Refuses To Serve Police Officers Because Of Their Guns…

    An Illinois police chief has banned his officers from a Belleville Denny’s Restaurant after a manager told five on-duty detectives they had to leave because one of them had a firearm.

    “The Belleville Police Department is very disheartened by the lack of respect shown to on-duty sworn police officers, Capt. Don Sax told Fox News. “Until further notice all on duty Belleville Police officers are banned from Denny’s Restaurant unless responding to an official call for service.”

    The incident occurred on New Year’s Day when five detectives were eating at the restaurant. A manager approached their table and told one of the detectives that she had to take her weapon out to her car or leave the restaurant.

    The detectives initially thought it was a joke, Sax said, noting that all of the officers had displayed their badges and several police radios were on the table.

    “(The manager) stated that he had a complaint from another customer about the weapon and she had to take the weapon outside or leave,” he said.

    The manager told the detectives that Denny’s only allows officers in uniform to carry weapons. The detectives said that wasn’t going to happen so they got up to leave.


  39. MikeA
    39 | January 3, 2013 2:22 pm

    @ lobo91:

    Saw that earlier. I don’t know what is worse. The stupid manager or the customer who saw the gun, didn’t realize that all the people at the table were cops or is just afraid of those scary guns. Of course having that rule that no guns are allowed in a Denny’s will make them less likely to be robbed by a person with a gun. We all know criminals pay attention to signs.


  40. unclassifiable
    40 | January 3, 2013 2:28 pm

    Oh fer cryin’ out loud.

    Mr. Boehner again choked up, as he did two years ago, when he teared up upon taking the office, which puts him second in the line of presidential succession.

    Does he have an earworm with Bert Parks singing “There he is! Ms. America!”?


  41. 41 | January 3, 2013 2:30 pm

    Some funny stuff!

    Blue Dog Dem Jim Cooper votes Colin Powell for speaker because derp

    — daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 3, 2013


  42. 42 | January 3, 2013 2:31 pm

    @ unclassifiable:

    Boehner is a useless chump.


  43. 43 | January 3, 2013 2:32 pm

    @ MikeA:

    I saw a guy that I assumed was a plain clothesed police officer at IHOP once. He was carrying a 1911 very openly. I just assumed he was a cop because a civillian would have had it concealed. Nobody squawked.


  44. 44 | January 3, 2013 2:41 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    Depends on the state. In VA, that could be anybody with a 1911. Open carry and all, you know.


  45. Da_Beerfreak
    45 | January 3, 2013 2:47 pm

    Boehner is the next best thing the D’Rats have after Pelosi Galore… :roll:


  46. 46 | January 3, 2013 2:50 pm

    @ Mike C.:

    Yeah, but this was Tennessee. We don’t have open carry. My point being that absent any other indications, the logical assumption is that the person isn’t breaking the law.


  47. 47 | January 3, 2013 2:53 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    You don’t have open carry in TN? Dang…


  48. 48 | January 3, 2013 3:00 pm

    @ Mike C.:

    Only concealed, and only with a permit. We have a State Senator that is supposed to be working on that. We also have some screwy knife laws. A real defensive knife (with double edges or a blade longer than 4″) isn’t allowed. There are exceptions when you are hunting, but for the most part it is concealed of you go unarmed.


  49. 49 | January 3, 2013 3:00 pm

    Da_Beerfreak wrote:

    Boehner is the next best thing the D’Rats have after Pelosi Galore…

    I would not be shock if Boehner is a false flag plant.


  50. 50 | January 3, 2013 3:12 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    Well, TX doesn’t have open carry, either.


  51. heysoos
    51 | January 3, 2013 3:20 pm

    we have open carry rights in NM but I rarely see it…a few times a year…our laws are very few, carry and open carry alone require registration


  52. AZfederalist
    52 | January 3, 2013 3:24 pm

    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

    The money is the key part here. The fact that Al Jazeera also is ideologically compatible with Algore is just a bonus


  53. 53 | January 3, 2013 3:25 pm

    New Thread


  54. heysoos
    54 | January 3, 2013 3:25 pm

    in 2011 there were only 102 murders by firearms in ABQ….population 600k…pretty low, and you have to assume the lax rules have something to do with it


  55. AZfederalist
    55 | January 3, 2013 3:30 pm

    heysoos wrote:

    in 2011 there were only 102 murders by firearms in ABQ….population 600k…pretty low, and you have to assume the lax rules have something to do with it

    Would also bet the bulk of that 102 was gang and/or drug related that would have occurred with or without guns


  56. 56 | January 3, 2013 3:33 pm

    @ AZfederalist:

    The majority of homicide victims are, themselves, involved in some form of crime. There are, of course, innocent victims, but the media plays it as though every victim were innocent, and this is simply not the case.


  57. Da_Beerfreak
    57 | January 3, 2013 3:39 pm

    The goal of our worthless main stream media is to get as many uninformed people as possible to fear guns and their owners. :evil:


  58. heysoos
    58 | January 3, 2013 3:43 pm

    AZfederalist wrote:

    heysoos wrote:
    in 2011 there were only 102 murders by firearms in ABQ….population 600k…pretty low, and you have to assume the lax rules have something to do with it

    Would also bet the bulk of that 102 was gang and/or drug related that would have occurred with or without guns

    I was looking at a color coded map, and my neighborhood incorporated village of Los Ranchos is the safest spot in the entire area


  59. heysoos
    59 | January 3, 2013 3:43 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ AZfederalist:
    The majority of homicide victims are, themselves, involved in some form of crime. There are, of course, innocent victims, but the media plays it as though every victim were innocent, and this is simply not the case.

    the cops kill bad guys by the boatload down here…so many, the feds are investigating


  60. AZfederalist
    60 | January 3, 2013 3:57 pm

    heysoos wrote:

    the cops kill bad guys by the boatload down here…so many, the feds are investigating

    Must be an ethnically biased boatload or the Feds wouldn’t care


  61. heysoos
    61 | January 3, 2013 3:58 pm

    AZfederalist wrote:

    heysoos wrote:

    the cops kill bad guys by the boatload down here…so many, the feds are investigating

    Must be an ethnically biased boatload or the Feds wouldn’t care

    good point, you’re probably right


  62. lobo91
    62 | January 3, 2013 6:00 pm

    @ heysoos:

    We had 24 here, in a not-much-smaller city.

    We also have an extremely high rate of concealed carry permits here.


  63. 63 | January 3, 2013 8:55 pm

    If anything its an improvement. maybe they can get some libs convinced to strap on splodydope vests. Doesn’t Chunky Chuck watch current 24-7?


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