Al Gore, that fat “crazed sex poodle,” is a phony global-warming huckster.
We’ve known this for a long time, but now even some diehard Leftists are waking up.
A week ago on January 2, 2013, environmentalist Gore sold his little-watched 7-year-old cable channel Current TV for a reported $500 million to Big Oil — the Emir of Qatar-funded Arab news channel Al-Jazeera. Gore netted for himself a dandy $100 million for his 20% stake in Current TV.
Al-Jazeera plans to euthanize Current TV and turn it into Al-Jazeera America by adding 5 to 10 new U.S. bureaus beyond the five it has now. More than half of its content will be U.S. news, and the network will have its headquarters in New York, according to a rep.
Al-Jazeera has been criticized for having a pro-Islamist bent, and accused of working with members of Al Qaeda. One of its journalists was arrested in Israel in 2011 on suspicion of being an agent of the Palestinian group Hamas. Dave Marash, a former “Nightline” reporter who worked for Al-Jazeera in Washington, said he left the network in 2008 in part because he sensed an anti-American bias there.
Linda Stasi reports for the New York Post, Jan. 7, 2013, that the staff at Current TV are “shell shocked” by Gore’s sell-out.
Yesterday morning, Current TV’s employees were called to a meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new Al Jazeera bosses: executive director of international operations Ehab Al Shihabi, and general manager of the London bureau Muftah AlSuwaidan.
Prominent by his absence was the creator of Current, the self proclaimed inventor of the Internet and savior of clean energy, Al Gore, although his partner, Joel Hyatt, stood proudly with the Al Jazeera honchos.
“Of course Al didn’t show up,” said one high placed Current staffer. “He has no credibility. He’s supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold [the channel] to very big oil, the emir of Qatar! Current never even took big oil advertising—and Al Gore, that bulls***ter sells to the emir?”
The meeting, while not contentious, was, according to staffers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, miserable. The mostly left-leaning group—some still in denial —weren’t buying what Al Jazeera was selling. The “new” American Al Jazeera will, according to Shihabi, appeal to the American audience with a mixture of national and international news—and, of course, entertainment.
One person at the meeting, who has already announced that she’s leaving, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, tried to ask about severance packages for those who wouldn’t be staying. “This isn’t the place to discuss this!” Hyatt barked at her. “After that, everyone kept their questions pretty much to themselves,” according to the staff member.
How do they feel about Gore the savior of green energy now?
The displeasure with Gore among the staff was thick enough to cut with a scimitar. “We all know now that Al Gore is nothing but a bulls***ter,” said the staffer bluntly. “We do stories on the tax code, and he sells the network before the tax code kicked in? Al was always lecturing us about green. He kept his word about green all right—as in cold, hard cash!”
The Current TV staff really should look up the meaning of “useful idiots.”
- “Meateater Al Gore blames meateating for global warming,” Sept. 7, 2011.
- “More hypocrisy from Gore: Have smaller families to reduce pollution,” June 22, 2011.
- “More Al Gore hypocrisy,” Oct. 30, 2010.
- “Al Gore’s new luxury mansion,” May 5, 2010.
- “Al Gore’s communist connections,” Feb. 25, 2010.