Bill O'Reilly targets Al Gore for selling Current TV to Al-Jazeera
The conservative TV host questions the sale of Gore's cable news network to the pan-Arab broadcaster.
Conservative television host Bill O'Reilly is condemning former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as a "hypocrite," citing a report that Gore wanted to sell Current TV, the cable network Gore helped establish, to Al-Jazeera before higher taxes kicked in on Jan. 1.
O'Reilly, whose top-rated "O'Reilly Factor" airs on Fox News, cited a story in the New York Times that said Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal before year-end because of the higher tax rate.
That comes just two months after Gore told Reuters he felt citizens should "do their fair share," O'Reilly noted. "I guess that means selling assets at the lower capital gains rate?" he added.
But O'Reilly's not the only one taking aim at Gore for selling to Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab broadcaster backed by the oil-rich country of Qatar -- which O'Reilly described as an "anti-American network."
Gore, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against climate change, stands to gross about $70 million from the sale, according to Bloomberg. Gore reportedly has a 20% stake in Current TV.
“It’s reeking with irony,” Jeff Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean at the Yale School of Management, tells Bloomberg. “It seems to be at least a paradox in terms of his positions on sustainability and geopolitics.”
The estimated profit is a huge jump from the maximum net worth of $1.7 million reported by Gore when he ran for president in 1999, the article points out.
Al-Jazeera, whose English-language version has struggled to gain a foothold in the U.S., might face an uphill battle to see a turnaround with American audiences.
Immediately after the purchase, Time Warner Cable shut down Current TV's programming, cutting off access to 12 million homes.
But Time Warner appeared to reconsider on Thursday, noting that it would keep "an open mind" as the network develops. Al-Jazeera, which is reportedly paying $500 million for the network, plans to shut down Current's programming and start a new English-language channel via Current's distribution.
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You people are funny, some are...
I'm surprised someone hasn't targeted O'Reilly, for all the crap he spews....
Also pretty sure some of you have never watched Al-Jazeera or ANY other Foreign Newcasts...
Just from the HATE talk....Too bad, you are probably very ill-informed or mis-informed about many things in the World.
Al-Jazeera, is a much more "Fair and Balanced" Informational Center, then many of you watch...?
Strangely, many of the Foreign newcasts, tell a lot more about "certain issues" in the U.S. then what our "Mainstream Media" does...
You can usually tell anything slanted right away and then just change stations....But we have a ton of our own broadcast that are slanted..Change stations....IT's JUST that EASY.
Gore is a disgrace He tries to tell the American people how to live then He and the other DemocRATS do what they want and what is sad is the DemocRAT people do what the DemocRAT party tells them so I hope all you DemocRATS wake up and see they just use you for their own good not the good of AMERICA
God forbid that the U.S. should be exposed to differing views (how many of you Outrage Citizens have used the term "mainstream media" ? Well, here's an alternative for you!). It might mean that we have to actually try to learn a few things, rather than parroting Rush or Keith. But that takes work -- so much easier to simply bellyache.
Al Gore just did what Mitt Romney has done all of his business llife.
At least he doesn't have overseas accounts to really hide the loot.
Mitt is teaching us well!
Would it have been ok if some right-wing nut case, say Mitt, made the sale? After all, that's what Mitt does for a living.
Gore is not too much different than the closet Muslim we have in the White House now.... Anything to make a profit and destroy the USA...
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