Much has been written in the news I have been listening to and reading lately of the hypocrisy of Al Gore selling his Current TV to Al Jazeera.  It seems it has not hit the main stream media yet despite the fact that The NY Times broke the story.  It seems all Gore was trying to get the sale done before the end of the year so that the sale would be taxed less.

Who and what is Al Jazeera? From Wikipedia:

            Al Jazeera Satellite Channel was launched on 1 November 1996 following the closure of the BBC’s Arabic language television station, a joint venture with Orbit Communications Company, owned by Saudi King Fahd‘s cousin, Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud. It had fallen apart after a year and a half when the Saudi government attempted to kill a documentary on executions under sharia law.[7]

The Emir of QatarSheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, provided a loan of QAR 500 million ($137 million) to sustain Al Jazeera through its first five years, as Hugh Miles detailed in his book Al Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That Is Challenging the West. Shares were held by private investors as well as the Qatar government.

Al Jazeera’s first day on the air was 1 November 1996. It offered 6-hours of programming per day; this would increase to 12-hours by the end of 1997. It was broadcast to the immediate neighborhood as a terrestrial signal, on cable, as well as through satellites (which was also free to users in the Arab world). Ironically Qatar, like many other Arab countries, barred private individuals from having satellite dishes until 2001.

Neil Macdonald a Senior Correspondent of CBCNews wrote about it on Friday.  He said, “The network, owned and operated by the Emirate of Qatar, no longer has anything to prove about the quality of its journalism. It has won all sorts of prestigious awards and broken all sorts of stories.

It is now in 80 million homes worldwide, and is known in our business as the outfit that’s always in places nobody else covers.”

He went on to say that Americans, corporate – religious – political, have a bias against it that will be difficult to overcome.  He said the Bush administration painted them particularly in a bad light.  There is a difference between Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English.  AJE has been embarrassed by some reporting of the Arabic network that was purported to be a mouth organ for Osama Bin Laden. An additional quote:

Al Jazeera English, though, is nothing like its Arabic sister network. Its standards and judgment are in line with Western journalistic tradition, although, like Fox News Channel and other cable networks here, AJE doesn’t bother hiding its political bias.

AJE is suspicious of American militarism, dubious about globalization and overtly sympathetic to poorer nations.

Robert D. Kaplan of the Atlantic magazine, an authority on international security, calls this a “middle of the road, developing world viewpoint.”

It is also plainly pro-Palestinian, which has made AJE the target of one of Washington’s more powerful interest groups.

It was a good article I thought.  A further report on the sale was found through CNN:

(CNN) — So Al Gore starts a liberal cable network, which turns into a complete and utter flop, then sells it to a Middle East potentate in a deal that will bring him an estimated $70 million.

Is America a great country or what? …………But there is something unsettling about Gore making off with such a big payday from a government-subsidized channel after making such bad television. Nice work if you can get it.

…..and further in the same article…

 the news operation shares its goals “To give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the important stories that no one else is telling.”

……and further…………

Publicly, Gore evinced no disappointment with this turn of events. In a press release, he and Hyatt announced, “We are proud and pleased that Al Jazeera, the award-winning international news organization, has bought Current TV”:

Since its founding in 2005, Current has grown into a national network available in nearly 60 million homes, offering thought-provoking commentary and Emmy and Peabody award-winning programming. Current Media was built based on a few key goals: 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. Al Jazeera, like Current, believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us.

Question of the Day?  Does the word hypocrite apply to Al Gore.  Definition:


noun \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\

Definition of HYPOCRITE

1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion

2: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

— hypocrite adjective

Examples of HYPOCRITE

the hypocrites who criticize other people for not voting but who don’t always vote themselves

Al Gore made millions of dollars from Green Energy despite the fact that his father worked for Occidental Coal subsidiary, Island Creek after leaving his seat in the Senate.  Coal was not green last I knew.  Perhaps the green energy he has been referring to all these years were ‘greenback dollars’???

Don’t you think it has to be a wee bit hypocritical for a man who seemingly despises big oil to sell his company to a agency that came from the finances of people who made money in that business?  What of the rest of the story.  Is it true he wanted the deal to go through so he would not have to pay taxes?  Why a station from another country?

It is reported he said that he believed they shared his values.  Really?

Qatar is known to support Islamic radicals.  The women are treated as the religion says and ordered around by men.  According to human rights organizations Qatar’s oil fields are populated by laborers who are shipped in from Africa and Asia and paid very little.

He can sell to anyone he wants.  He reportedly earned $70 M+ and that was well over the market value.  Is there a principle being sacrificed for big oil money?  If he was going to go with a station with an extremist view why didn’t he let Glenn Beck buy Current?  Beck asked and Gore refused.  Perhaps the differing opinion cannot be an extremist American though an Islamic Monarchy is okay?

Oil – Green energy?  American?  Islamic?  Money?  Taxes?  As a capitalist Gore did himself proud.  Al Gore is now richer than Mitt Romney.  Puts much into perspective doesn’t it?  Capitalist or hypocrite – you decide.  Find it on your local news – betting you cannot.  …….sad really…and there it is…………


One comment on “HYPOCRITE or CAPITALIST?

  1. Thanks. A well-focused statement on the conveniece many politicians take in their self-serving positions. Usually they present themselves carefully during their public lives to grab as much power as they are able, then in their private lives they they “do deals – not work or create” to make as much money as possible. Pretty much they have been properly characterized as hungry dogs throughout the first two centuries of our United States of America.

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