For many on the right (Glenn Beck included), it’s a nightmare. For a former VP and other shareholders, it just may be a dream come true. I’m talking about Al-Jazeera’s newest broadcaster – Al Gore’s Current TV.
Rather than simply use Current to distribute its existing English-language channel, called A-Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al-Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations. Potentially called Al-Jazeera America, roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al-Jazeera English.
Al-Jazeera may absorb some Current TV staff members, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But Current’s schedule of shows will most likely be dissolved in the spring.
The plan will bring A-Jazeera, which is financed by the government of Qatar, into closer competition with CNN and other news channels in the United States.
More than a few Republicans were concerned about the possibility of a state-owned Middle Eastern news broadcaster pumping out content directly to American consumers. One such man was Glenn Beck, who tried to prevent the sale of Gore’s network to Al-Jazeera by purchasing Current himself. Fox News reports:
Al-Jazeera wasn’t the only media company with its sights set on former Vice President Al Gore’s little-watched Current TV.
Glenn Beck’s Blaze Media approached the struggling cable news network last year, the Wall Street Journal reports, but was rebuffed because “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.”
Instead, Gore went with the Emir of Qatar-funded Arab news channel Al-Jazeera.
While Al-Jazeera has been accused of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in the past, we all know what Al Gore thought of Glenn Beck. Alas, politics and business prove once again that they only mix with weird results.
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