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Al-Jazeera seen as using Al Gore to bolster network’s legitimacy in United States
The Daily Caller ^ | 1-4-2013 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 01/04/2013 8:04:36 AM PST by smoothsailing

January 4, 2013

Al-Jazeera seen as using Al Gore to bolster network’s legitimacy in United States

Jamie Weinstein

Is Al-Jazeera trying to use former Vice President Al Gore to gain acceptance in America? Yes, say some experts.

On Wednesday it was announced that the Qatari-funded news station had purchased Current TV, the liberal cable channel co-founded by Gore, for a reported $500 million. Gore and fellow co-founder Joel Hyatt will join the advisory board of Al-Jazeera America, the network set to replace Current TV.

Al-Jazeera, which currently has both English and Arabic language stations, is seen by many as having an anti-Israel and anti-American slant.

“I have a guess, an impression, that Al-Jazeera is looking for more respectability and more — not just more market outlets — but more of an image of being let’s say ’non-partisan’ or ‘mainstream,’ whatever you want to call it,” David Pollock, a scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who has written on Al-Jazeera and often appears as a commentator on the network, told The Daily Caller.

“They did this before by setting up their own organization in the U.S. and hiring some legitimate journalists who ended up resigning in disgust when they saw what it was like,” Middle East scholar Barry Rubin told TheDC, referring to Al-Jazeera English.

Rubin said Al-Jazeera is a “radical media outlet run by people who are anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, and anti-Western.”

“[I]t is an instrument of extremist revolutionary movements,” he added. “On a number of occasions it has lent itself to promote and be used by violent terrorist groups.”

Rubin said by lending his imprimatur to Al-Jazeera – and potentially personally reaping a sum of $100 million, according to reports — Gore is acting “disgracefully.”

“In former, sane, times, doing something like this would have finished Gore’s credibility forever,” Rubin said. “Needless to say, sanity has long since jumped out the window.”

Pollock didn’t go quite as far as Rubin in his assessment of the network, but did say that Al-Jazeera English has a clear slant against the United States that he would call “anti-American government.”

“It is actually looking to highlight systematically the flaws, you know, the incompetence, the bad intentions, contradictions, whatever you want to call it, hypocrisy, double standards … of American policy in what I would say is a deliberate and disproportionate way,” he said.

“I would say that Al-Jazeera English, in my opinion, it is OK to appear on it, but to be part of the management as it stands without changing it would be bad judgment,” Pollock said of Gore’s decision to remain on the advisory board.

Pollock added that if Gore attempts to influence the network for the positive and not be just “a kind of façade,” it might be acceptable.

Founded by the Emir of Qatar in the mid-1990s, Al-Jazeera first came to prominence as the go-to media outlet of al-Qaida.

According to Pollock, Al-Jazeera’s networks are subservient to the ideology and interests of the Qatari ruling family.

“I mean, the chief executive of the overall holding company is a member of the royal family of Qatar,” Pollock said. “I think that they have, you know, pretty clearly — although you can never document it — but they’ve pretty clearly shifted editorial direction on certain key issues, like the Syrian civil war, in response to changes in Qatari government policies. And sometimes they, you know, hire and fire their top talent for, I think, probably political reasons.”

At times, Al-Jazeera can be stunningly radical. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Islamic theologian considered the spiritual leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, hosts a show on Al-Jazeera’s Arabic network.

In 2009, al-Qaradawi used this TV platform to declare that the Holocaust was Allah’s “divine punishment” on the Jews. (RELATED VIDEO: Top Al-Jazeera host said Jews deserved Hitler, Holocaust)

“Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers,” he said, pining for another Holocuast of the Jews.

While Al-Jazeera English “tries to be more moderate taking care not to offend the audience,” Rubin said “its main goal is to keep the home office happy by not compromising any Islamist principles so it is restricted.”

Gore “is giving credibility to a pro-terrorist, radical, anti-American enterprise which is only apparently more moderate in its English to better achieve its goals,” he said.

It seems Gore and Hyatt are aware of the threfat to their reputations their newfound association with Al-Jazeera brings. In an internal email to staff Wednesday announcing the sale of the network, Hyatt ostensibly tried to invoke Colin Powell’s name to help shield himself and Gore from anticipated criticism.

“Colin Powell told Al that Al-Jazeera is the only cable news network he watches,” Hyatt wrote.

A spokesman for Powell contradicted the claim in a statement to TheDC, saying Powell watches Al-Jazeera English as well as many other domestic and international cable news channels.

The threat to the reputations of Gore and Hyatt may also be responsible for the high premium Al-Jazeera seems to have paid for the struggling network.

“Al-Jazeera paid not only enough to overcome the bad press bound to attach to Al Gore for selling to what is often thought to be a staunchly anti-American voice, but they paid enough to keep Al Gore (and hopefully his clout) close to the station as a member of the new network’s advisory board,” media columnist Michael Wolfe noted in a column in the Guardian.

Al-Jazeera’s purchase has already caused Time Warner Cable to drop Current TV.

“Our agreement with Current has been terminated, and we will no longer be carrying the service. We are removing the service as quickly as possible,” a statement from the company said.

Another statement from the company Thursday suggested Time Warner was open to reconsidering its position: “We are keeping an open mind, and as the service develops, we will evaluate whether it makes sense, for our customers, to launch the network.”

Jennifer Granholm, the former Democratic Michigan governor and host of a show on Current TV, announced on Twitter Thursday that she would be ending her show “due to the sale of the network.”

In a longer post on Facebook, she made it sound like her decision was motivated by technical reasons, rather than her wish not to be associated with Al-Jazeera.

“We were told today that Al-Jazeera is the buyer for Current TV. My agreement with Current was for the duration of the election (and the sale),” she wrote.

But Current TV correspondent David Shuster said that he admired Al-Jazeera and had no intention of ending his contract prematurely.

“I have no qualms at all about Al Jazeera’s TV news reporting,” Shuster told TheDC.

“I’ve known their team since 2003 when I was covering the Iraq war from Centcom in Doha, Qatar … the home of [Al-Jazeera English]. Their correspondents are talented and courageous. And their mission is something that all of us who care about journalism can be proud of.”

“Regarding my future,” he added, “I will continue at Current through the end of my contract. Beyond that, I’ve not made any decisions, nor has Al-Jazeera.”

Current TV host and current Democratic California Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsome did not return TheDC’s request for comment on whether he intends to remain with the network.

A Current TV spokeswoman also did not return TheDC’s request for comment on a wide range of issues regarding the sale of the network.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: algore; aljazeera; aljazeeragore; currenttv; gore; goreon; jazeeraalgore

1 posted on 01/04/2013 8:04:43 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Does anyone listen to Al-Gorzera radio anyway?


2 posted on 01/04/2013 8:07:53 AM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: smoothsailing

I can’t wait to see what South Park does with this.


3 posted on 01/04/2013 8:09:21 AM PST by DManA (I e)
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To: smoothsailing

Has anyone pointed out that this network gave air time to David Duke to explain that Jews were forewarned about 911? Why isn’t that being covered?


4 posted on 01/04/2013 8:10:07 AM PST by Augustinian monk
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To: smoothsailing

Global Warming ~to~ Global Sharia

(appropriate)


5 posted on 01/04/2013 8:10:51 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for links to the 2011 & 2012 FR Cookbooks- Enjoy)
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To: DManA

That should be fun!


6 posted on 01/04/2013 8:13:38 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Ingtar

I didn’t even realize there was such a thing until the last couple of days.

The funniest stat I’ve read is that Current TV is available in 60 million homes and seen by 50 thousand viewers! HA!


7 posted on 01/04/2013 8:17:30 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I wonder how many people know that’s where Man/Bear/Pig came from?


8 posted on 01/04/2013 8:22:11 AM PST by DManA (I e)
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To: smoothsailing

This is a message to the green movement that big oil is OK with their leader.


9 posted on 01/04/2013 8:24:10 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: smoothsailing

The funny part of this deal is that Al Gore is probably going to just barely break even on it, if that; but al-Jazeera is going to be shafted six ways from Sunday.

To start with, they are paying a LOT more than Current TV is worth, likely assuming that they will also get its existing contracts with cable and content providers. Guess what?

First of all, the real assets of Current TV are a few studios and cameras and some technical equipment. Worth $10-20 million tops. Not the $500 million they bought it for.

But the real zinger is that all the new cable, Internet, and content contracts are going to be made at the end of January! The National Association of Television Program Executives are holding their huge annual convention there to buy and sell cable and Internet service and content, the TV shows.

It is an orgy of horse-trading, package deals, and utterly cutthroat deal making. And al-Jazeera is going to show up at the Hotel Fountainbleu, fat, dumb, and happy, to be confounded by what looks like a stock exchange trading pit, many of whose traders are Jewish, waving many hundreds of pages of contracts around and wheeling and dealing like crazy.

Did I mention that many of these media types are Jewish?

While in the Casbah, money talks, a group of befuddled Arabs with a lot of money walking around are just begging to be totally ripped-off.

Already Time-Warner has canceled its Current TV contract. So while al-Jazeera was hoping for a quick 60 million homes ready for their content, guess what?


10 posted on 01/04/2013 8:26:28 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Baynative

What was that song? Oh yea, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! MONNEY


11 posted on 01/04/2013 8:30:05 AM PST by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: smoothsailing

Al Jazeera,The terrorist favorite mouth piece.

I still remember all of the video that the terrorist groups provided to them and it still turns my stomach.

I hope that network go’s bankrupt in 6 months.Even that wouldn’t be soon enough.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 8:36:10 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: smoothsailing
Al-Jazeera seen as using Al Gore to bolster network’s legitimacy in United States

The jokes are already writing themselves...


13 posted on 01/04/2013 8:39:23 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
While in the Casbah, money talks, a group of befuddled Arabs with a lot of money walking around are just begging to be totally ripped-off.

That's a hoot! You know, come to think of it, someone should turn that in to a TV show! :)

14 posted on 01/04/2013 8:42:54 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I think when Al Gore lost the election - a screw came loose and he decided he was gonna be “all about Al”. He came up with these “scams” like buying carbon credits while he flew all over the country/world in his private jet and using his connections to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Problem is...our media decided to fawn over him rather than reveal the truth - Gore is a fraud. I see why Tipper is no longer involved with him. Perhaps with this Current transfer to Al Jazeera, people will see him for the hypocritical phoney that he is.


15 posted on 01/04/2013 8:46:40 AM PST by qwicwted
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To: Cyber Liberty

“The jokes are already writing themselves...”

Using Al Gore to bolster legitimacy is like putting out a fire with gasoline.


16 posted on 01/04/2013 8:52:30 AM PST by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (continuing in 2013))
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To: smoothsailing

I think when Al Gore lost the election - a screw came loose and he decided he was gonna be “all about Al”. He came up with these “scams” like buying carbon credits while he flew all over the country/world in his private jet and using his connections to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Problem is...our media decided to fawn over him rather than reveal the truth - Gore is a fraud. I see why Tipper is no longer involved with him. Perhaps with this Current transfer to Al Jazeera, people will see him for the hypocritical phoney that he is.


17 posted on 01/04/2013 8:59:22 AM PST by qwicwted
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To: qwicwted

” Gore is a fraud. I see why Tipper is no longer involved with him.”

Maybe it’s time to dust off my copy of State of Fear, and read it again.

Remember him flooding a stream during a drought so he could paddle a canoe for a campaign photo op? That one act told me everything I needed to know about his character.

Very much in line with Kerry’s “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?” and Hillary’s “Ah ain’t no ways tahred” when speaking to a black crowd.

You can take the liberal out of the limousine, but that’s about as far as it goes.


18 posted on 01/04/2013 9:00:06 AM PST by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (continuing in 2013))
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To: puppypusher

Well, the Islamists are already here and some of their networks are worse than Al J. In fact, AJ had more live and in-depth reporting on what happened in Egypt than our MSM did. Come to think of it, Al Gore and his fellow commies may be a greater danger to the republic than any foreign threat.

I want to read and hear what the rest of the world, including our enemies, is saying. It’s a good way to keep an eye on them. Heaven knows we can’t depend on our own media to tell the truth.


19 posted on 01/04/2013 10:04:34 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: smoothsailing

I just sent an e-mail to Dish Network. I have been a customer since 1998. If you do not drop Current TV, I will drop you.


20 posted on 01/04/2013 10:09:41 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: DManA

OHHH I can’t wait
Matt and Trey go for it honey LMAO

Beside I do watch Al Jazeera english news on KCET LA

It good network

I am not sure of Arabic version what I see so far very good network


21 posted on 01/04/2013 1:40:22 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: smoothsailing

Newsmax
ADL’s Foxman: We’ll Monitor Al Jazeera for Anti-Israel Coverage
Friday, January 4, 2013 05:30 PM

By: Bill Hoffmann and John Bachman

The leader of the Anti-Defamation League is reeling from Al Jazeera’s purchase of Al Gore’s Current TV cable network and worries the pan-Arab media company may spew anti-Israeli propaganda to a huge American audience.


22 posted on 01/05/2013 6:57:36 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: smoothsailing
They are planning a new show:

'DANCING WITH THE MOOLAHS'

Much anticipation.

23 posted on 01/05/2013 7:04:37 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: SevenofNine

24 posted on 01/05/2013 7:20:00 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: DManA

REPORT: Al Gore Made $100 Million In The Current TV Sale, And Hoped To Close The Deal Last Year Before Taxes Jumped
Joe Weisenthal | Jan. 3, 2013, 4:46 AM | 10,239 | 27

West Coast Green
Amazing detail in Brian Stelter’s reporting on the sale of Current TV to Al-Jazeera:

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. But the deal was not signed until Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/report-al-gore-made-100-million-in-the-current-tv-sale-and-hoped-to-close-the-deal-last-year-before-taxes-jumped-2013-1#ixzz2H7APuuay


25 posted on 01/05/2013 7:24:08 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

You are bad
I doubt it

I hear going be called Al Jazeera America


26 posted on 01/05/2013 8:21:32 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

27 posted on 01/05/2013 8:41:05 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo; SevenofNine
They are planning a new show: 'DANCING WITH THE MOOLAHS

Followed by:

BABY GOT BACK-SHAKE THAT BURQA!!!


28 posted on 01/05/2013 9:11:17 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Al Gore....once a tool, always a tool.

And, a sex-crazed poodle, too!

29 posted on 01/05/2013 1:03:41 PM PST by hummingbird (Support Hummingbird Migration!)
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To: DManA

What is Man/Bear/Pig?

TIA!


30 posted on 01/05/2013 1:06:40 PM PST by hummingbird (Support Hummingbird Migration!)
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To: KeyLargo

Yeah I remember Achent the dead terrorist that my fav Jeff Durham puppet beside Walter the old man LOL!


31 posted on 01/05/2013 5:19:52 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: smoothsailing

You know what I watch that show LOL!


32 posted on 01/05/2013 5:20:41 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Ingtar

Ahab? Meet Moby. Moby, Ahab.


33 posted on 01/05/2013 5:28:58 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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