According to Al “I cleared $100 million, how was your day?” Gore, the sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera was a natural. After all, said the man who spent his three month stint in Viet Nam clad exclusively in a tuxedo, both networks were founded “to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling.” If there ever was a time for the “Kiss my ass!” drop from The Teri O’Brien Show, this would be it.
On the positive side, all of the goofballs on the network’s talk shows (Jennifer Granholm, Cenk something or other) will be banished into lunatic oblivion; on the negative side, no more “Vanguard”, the excellent showcase for young documentary film makers (no, they were not Michael Moore like propaganda “crock” umentaries, they were real documentaries.)
Gore, who is the recognized leader of the global warming wacko contingent, has irritated some leftists by selling out to the Qatar oil Sheiks, but that does not seem to be bothering him. (Rumor has, however, that he will demonstrate his continued opposition to fossil fuels by heating his house with customized fireplaces that burn money.)
What will this mean to the average American? Very little, unless the new Al-Jazeera America tries to attract ratings by showing free porno films. “Current” ly, only about 42,000 viewers per night watch the network (too little for even Oxy Clean to advertise,) so the Sheiks may find themselves paying $11,904.77 per viewer. For half that rate, I’d parade around Trader Joe’s with a “Israel Unfair” sandwich board, so I’m not sure they’re going to get their monies’ worth. But that’s not my problem.
This is a teachable moment, nonetheless. Imagine the media reaction if George Bush had sold as much as a used lawn tractor to an Arab Sheik. Just think about what Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Chris Matthews and the rest of the liberal idiot corps would be saying. And think about it soon. You never know, the owners of MSNBC might be inspired to sell the network to the government of oil rich Russia. In that case, American viewers might be treated to entertainment classics like “The Vlad Putin Show,” a ninety minute gabfest and pectoral muscle flexing tournament. Come to think of it, compared to “Hardball”, that would be a major upgrade.