Al-Jazeera, meet Al-Gore or, $500 million ain’t what it used to be…

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.

Truth is History

Mr. Chakra
Crazed Sex Poodle

It is said that the victor gets to write history. But what if their history is all lies?

Last night I got wind of the sale of Current TV to al Jezeera. That alone should create a bit of consternation but it just keeps getting better and better- or worse and worse, depending on your point of view.

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 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.

Al Gore, wants to avoid taxation like one of Mitt Romney’s 1%. Who can blame him for that? I mean it’s not like he is releasing his chakra into the atmosphere like a  crazed sex poodle, creating GlowBull Wormening.

But this morning there was this:

“Before Al-Jazeera bought Current TV, TheBlaze looked into buying it but we were rejected by progressive owners.”

“Glenn Beck’s The Blaze approached Current about buying the channel last year, but was told that ‘the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view,‘ according to a person familiar with the negotiations.”

I don’t know if I would call that a tacit admission- it’s more like a public pronouncement that anyone on the right ‘need not apply’.  Does this mean al Jezeera? is aligned with AlGore’s point of view?

In the aftermath of Saddam’s Iraq, CNN’s  Eason Jordan admitted to withholding the truth:

Knowing the personal stories I knew about the brutality of the regime, I had three options: 1. Never repeat such horror stories. 2. Tell the stories sooner and, as a result, see innocent people killed. 3. Tell the stories after the downfall of the Saddam Hussein regime. I chose option three and could never imagine doing anything else.

Withholding the truth by news organizations is nothing new. The Chicago Tribune refused twice my request to confirm that the U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald statement thanking them for holding the story for weeks meant they knew of the Blagojevich wiretaps before the ’08 election.

But, now, instead of a Olbermann, or a Client Number 9 withholding the truth- their ‘minders’ will just buy the whole channel and make up the truth. It will be just like Air America, only different.

This is all reminiscent of the Dubai Ports deal that was torpedoed by Chuckie Schumer. Don’t expect him to object to this deal tho.

Algore got out at the right time, it appears, as a cable provider has moved to eliminate the ‘bundle’.

Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection. And instead of having to pay $80 a month for two hundred channels you don’t want, you’ll be able to subscribe to specific channels of your choosing.

 

And you thought Current TV‘s ratings couldn’t go any lower.

Current TV’s Newest Star, Gavin Newsom [UPDATED]

 

You're only 19? No problem! I'm the Mayor!

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If those three disgraced Secret Service agents who recently resigned after that unfortunate hooker thing are looking for new gigs, I suggest that they give Al Gore a call. His Current TV just announced its latest new hire, vapid empty suit/reprobate and current California Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom. It’s easy to see why the network that recently snapped up Eliot “Client #9” Spitzer would find him a great fit. Consider these achievements over the last decade:

He was flouting the rule of law before the One made it cool.

In February 2004, in a tremendous act of political courage, as mayor of a city universally recognized as homosexual headquarters, he unilaterally decided to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The marriages were invalidated later that year by the California Supreme Court, ruling that Newsom had overstepped his bounds, demonstrating that they don’t understand the fierce urgency of now!

And how about these stellar achievements?

In December 2006, Newsom showed up intoxicated at San Francisco General Hospital, where police officers and family members were gathered to mourn a cop who’d just been killed in the line of duty; this came a couple of months after he was photographed out drinking with a model he’d been dating who was only 19 years old. As it happened, the day before the photos of him with the model appeared, Newsom met a knockout blonde named Jennifer Siebel, an ex-girlfriend of George Clooney’s who has had small parts in more than a dozen films, including Something’s Gotta Give and In the Valley of Elah. She and Newsom were just falling in love — they’ve since become engaged — when the real bomb went off.

Her name was Ruby Rippey-Tourk. She was Newsom’s former appointments secretary, another spectacular blonde and a member of that late-night inner circle as the wife of Alex Tourk, one of Newsom’s closest friends and his point man on homelessness. She was in a rehab program for substance abuse when the clearing-emotional-minefields part led her to tell her husband she’d had sex with the mayor. Alex Tourk confronted Newsom about it and promptly resigned.

Showing up as mayor drunk to mourn a murdered police officer? Encouraging under-age drinking? Banging the wife of a close friend? What’s not to like? I guess we can see why California, whose voters clearly know a superstar when they see one, is in such terrific shape today.

Plus, like recently launched Keith “I Caught My Head in a Subway Door” Olbermann, who himself has had some, shall we say, rather interesting interactions with women, Newsom has a mental disability. His dyslexia should make things really interesting. Gavin tries to read the TelePrompTer. Hilarity ensues. Hang on, Al Sharpton. You’re getting some company in that department.

No doubt about it. This move should vault Current TV into the ratings stratosphere. Or not.

UPDATE: If you were wondering, as I was, whether Lt. Gov. Newsom was going to step down as Lt. Gov. of California when he begins his new tv career, the answer is a firm “no.”

From Andrew Malcolm at Investors.com:

Many people had thought, accurately, that the lieutenant governor job in the nation’s most populous state was a full-time position. Surprisingly, Newsom’s spokesman agreed with his boss there was no conflict with state duties and would somehow showcase the Golden state nationally. He said Newsom would do little program preparation because he knows most of his guests already.

 

No worries. He gets paid $130,490 a year to do basically nothing, which the very financially stable State of California can easily afford.