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Al Jazeera Acquires Current TV
The New York Times ^ | January 2, 2012 | Brian Stelter

Posted on 01/02/2013 4:32:30 PM PST by John W

Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago.

Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.

Rather than simply use Current to distribute its English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel, called Al Jazeera America, based in New York. Roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States, while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al Jazeera English.

(Excerpt) Read more at mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: algore; algoretv; aljazeera; aljazeeragore; currenttv; goreon; islam; jazeeraalgore; qitalislam
The stories continue to write themselves.
1 posted on 01/02/2013 4:32:31 PM PST by John W
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To: John W

” a pathway into American living rooms” - that pretty much says it all


2 posted on 01/02/2013 4:35:24 PM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: John W

I doubt the difference will be noticeable.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 4:38:16 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: John W

A takeover by Al Jazeera could have an impact on Current’s content. It would become less anti-American and more pro-freedom.


4 posted on 01/02/2013 4:40:06 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: John W

At first Al Gore took Red Chinese money laundered through Buddhist Temples/Monks/Nuns in California, through Red Chinese cutouts from the Philippines, Indonesia, etc.

After getting fat on Communist money, he’s now selling out to the Arabs.

Who’s he going to sell out to next week, Moscow or Peking?

What a POS he turned out to be. And just think, if it weren’t for some guy named CHAD in Florida, he might have become the President of the US. Well, we had BJ CLinton, and then got Comrade Obama. Same difference. Corrupt, immoral, communist, crazy.

Same old, same old.

America is too young to die!


5 posted on 01/02/2013 4:40:38 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: John W

AYKM?! (Are You Kidding Me?) The islamofascists have purchased Algore’s “da enviomen” channel?! ROTFL!!! Unreal! The jokes DO write themselves.


6 posted on 01/02/2013 4:41:38 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where can I pick up a 2013 Mayan calendar?)
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To: John W

Methinks maybe Current TV could lose 5 of their 10 viewers with this move.


7 posted on 01/02/2013 4:42:29 PM PST by redcatcherb412
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To: ItsForTheChildren

“I doubt the difference will be noticeable.”

Both of Algore’s viewers may not notice.


8 posted on 01/02/2013 4:43:11 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: John W; John Semmens

My first thought was that John Semmens was at it again.


9 posted on 01/02/2013 4:43:13 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: John W

I did not know that AlBore TV was still in operation.
I get only FOX and Al Jazzera for news on my satellite.
Al Jazzera is a classy and well produced channel.
When you see news footage from the middle east you realize
how pathetic life must be there.
Not so, however, in Qatar. I always flew Qatar Airlines from Europe to the Philippines, with one stop in Doha.
It is one of only 6 five star airlines.
The US has none above 3 stars.


10 posted on 01/02/2013 4:51:06 PM PST by AlexW
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To: John W

Al Gore must be so proud of himself. At least his wife got out.


11 posted on 01/02/2013 4:52:43 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: John W
Feb. 2013: Al Jazeera Programming Schedule.

5 p.m. Al Manbearpig performs the Call to Prayer at the Great Pink Mosque.

6 p.m. Burkha Weaving with Hemp Fibers.

7 p.m. Theological Discussion: Is it anti-Islamic to do a public stoning in an endangered Polka-Dot Viper habitat?

12 posted on 01/02/2013 4:54:46 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: AlexW

I use Al Jazeera a lot for international news in English. I agree with you, they’re classy and well-produced. I’ve never watched Current, so I have no idea of what they’re like, but from a straight-up business point of view, this was a fairly good idea on AJ’s part. Sadly, many of the American networks, broadcast and cable, are sorely lacking in international affairs news coverage. Hopefully, Al Jazeera America can remedy that.


13 posted on 01/02/2013 4:56:12 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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Al Gorezeera


14 posted on 01/02/2013 5:00:39 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: John W

Further proof Al Jazeera is a creation and tool of Western intelligence agencies.


15 posted on 01/02/2013 5:01:50 PM PST by Tenega
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To: All

Satire Ping /S


16 posted on 01/02/2013 5:09:44 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: John W

I thought it was illegal for foreigners to own American radio and tv stations?


17 posted on 01/02/2013 5:10:00 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: John W

18 posted on 01/02/2013 5:11:06 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: lowbridge

Maybe over the air stations, but, this is strictly a cable/dish thing.


19 posted on 01/02/2013 5:23:03 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W
I didn't notice the part of the article that told us exactly how much al Jazeera paid for this steaming, smelly pile of Obama now known as "Current TV."

On the other hand, perhaps the author of the article omitted that detail to spare Algore's feelings.
20 posted on 01/02/2013 5:24:56 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Not many Americans recall the Buddhist Nuns and the sequentially numbered checks on the Lipo bank, donated to Algore’s campaign. Algore couldn't recall the event because he was inside taking a pee, the result of too much ice tea.
21 posted on 01/02/2013 5:29:57 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Sadly, most American networks don’t cover real news from the USA.


22 posted on 01/02/2013 5:32:05 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: John W

Looks like those who sign up for it should be noted on a few lists!


23 posted on 01/02/2013 5:49:51 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: John W

as I scrolled through the channnels over thpast few weeks,

it seems that “Bowling For Columbine” has been running almost 24/7 since Sandy Hook


24 posted on 01/02/2013 5:50:37 PM PST by digger48
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Our job, as unofficial guardians of the Republic, is to remind “many Americans” about Gore’s treason.

Gee: Clinton - Rwanda, Kosovo, etc
Gee: Gore
Gee: Obama - Intifada; Moslem Brotherhood victories in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, possibly Algeria, possibly Jordan. Al Qaeda in Iraq on the march; AG owns half of Mali, part of Libya, moved into Syria. AQ in Somalia, on the ropes for the moment. AQ in Yemen, on the offensive.
Islamic jihadists in Nigeria slaughtering innocent Christians, and in Egypt and Sinai Peninsula and Lebanon.
Taliban in Pakistan killing police by the score, often by machine-gunning, throat slitting and beheading. Same in Thailand. Taliban in Afghanistan on the rise, again.

Reports of jihadist supporters now in Mexico, Paraguay/Bolivia/Venezuela.

Nothing but treason since Clinton/Gore and Obama/Biden.

The record is there. We need to keep it in the public’s view.


25 posted on 01/02/2013 6:29:11 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: John W

Actually I think Al Jazeera is good news network fair and straight forwarded

I developed a craze to this network when Egyptian uprising happen last night when they oust Murbank and I still watch it on KCET Los Angeles


26 posted on 01/02/2013 6:39:12 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Sadly you are so right

One thing about Al Jazeera it nothing like Fox news ET news so no TMZ reported on their network

Just straight news


27 posted on 01/02/2013 6:40:49 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: John W
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.

The money quote from the article!

Gore is an hypocrite! (as though we didn't know that already)

28 posted on 01/02/2013 7:16:49 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The network sold for $500 million.

$500,000,000?!

There is no way that a cable network with sub 0.1 viewers is worth that much.

Looks like another shush fund transaction. I guess that it is the Al Jazeera version of a Benjamin handshake.

29 posted on 01/02/2013 8:05:06 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: All

This sounds like Hillary’s cattle deal.


30 posted on 01/02/2013 8:08:25 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: newnhdad
Gore Pockets Estimated $100M on TV Sale to Oil-Backed Al Jazeera

"The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Glenn Beck’s the Blaze inquired about buying Current last year, but was rejected due to ideological differences. Current leadership told the Blaze at the time that ”the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us.” Beck confirmed the inquiry late Wednesday.

31 posted on 01/02/2013 8:14:57 PM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Delta 21
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. But the deal was not signed until Wednesday.
32 posted on 01/02/2013 9:39:51 PM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad; AlexW
I use Al Jazeera a lot for international news in English. I agree with you, they’re classy and well-produced.

I'm in the Philippines and I have to say I'm surprised with their content...

Can I say it?

They seem Fair and Balanced...

33 posted on 01/03/2013 5:31:41 AM PST by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: John W

#CurrentAlJazeeraShowPitches

“The Love Goat”


34 posted on 01/03/2013 5:34:44 AM PST by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Any idea how we can find out the estimated net worth of a cable TV network, or get comparables?
35 posted on 01/03/2013 5:58:14 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: John W

There are complaints about the voices of the moderates not being heard. This is an attempt to provide an outlet for such hearing.

There is one problem. There are only about 12 living rooms in America that ever turn it on


36 posted on 01/03/2013 6:01:04 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Walmartian

“The Real Housewives of Oman”
“Here Comes Honey Jew Jew”


37 posted on 01/03/2013 11:06:29 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

The Bel-Airabs

Or the Bel-Airabs.

Come listen to a story ’bout a man named Ahmed
Poor Camel driver barely kept his family fed.
Then one day- he was shootin’ at some Jews
When up through the ground comes a bubblin’ ooze
Oil that is… Saudi soda.... Persian Perrier

Now the first thing ya know, Ahmed’s a millionaire
Kin folk said: Ahmed, Move away from there!
said: Californy is the place that you’d do fair
So the loaded up their camel and they moved to Bel Air
Swimmin’ pools....movie stars…...Jews....
The Bel Airabs!


38 posted on 01/03/2013 11:12:15 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
"Toddlers and Time Bombs"

"My Big Fat Islamic Wedding"

"Everybody Loves Achmed"

39 posted on 01/03/2013 11:12:25 AM PST by GreenHornet
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