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.

By Aimee Picchi Jan 4, 2013 4:54PM

Image: Bill O'Reilly attends the signing of the book 'Thank The Liberals ... For Saving America' at the New York Friars Club (© Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)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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Jan 4, 2013 6:28PM
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GLEN BECK MAKES MILLIONS STEALING MONEY FROM THE DUMB, THE PARANOID AND THE OLD. BETTER GORE THAN PALLIN. BETTER GORE THAN LYING, MURDERING CHENEY AND BUSH. 4600 DEAD IN IRAQ.  WAKE UP AMERICA, THE FOX IS IN THE CHICKEN HOUSE, ONLY LIBERALISM CAN CREATE THE NEW 99% AMERICA, DO NOT WATCH AL J AND IT WILL EVENTUALLY GO AWAY. AMERICA FOR ALL AMERICANS. NOT JUST THE KOCH BROTHERS AND THEIR PUPPETS.

Jan 4, 2013 6:26PM
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It pains me cause I was born in Tn but Al Gore is the biggest disappointment to ever hail from the state.
Jan 4, 2013 6:25PM
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"Conservative" television host Bill O'Reilly?  How about, simply, Television host Bill O'Reilly?  Do you begin your articles about Rachel Maddow as Liberal television host Rachel Maddow?  Talk about blatant bias.  Guess what?  The world is NOT all liberal...it's BOTH....how about an unbiased post?? Or do they not teach that in Journalism 101 anymore?
Jan 4, 2013 6:22PM
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this idiot was Vice President of the United States for God's sake!! He is selling out our country and our way of life just to make a buck.  I think we should either kick him out of the country [let him go live over there] or try him as a traitor in a military court!  We do not need or want this propaganda infiltrating our air waves in our country!    Al Gore is a disgrace to America and to what it stands for.  That said, I believe in karma, what goes around comes around.
Jan 4, 2013 6:16PM
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And to think this 'sky is falling'  fear-mongering hypocrite almost got elected president.  He needs to return his Nobel Prize after it's sufficiently sanitized.  The fact that Gore and Obama have each one a Nobel has relegated one of the most prestigious awards in the world to the level of winning a meat raffle at the local VFW.

Jan 4, 2013 6:16PM
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Look at O'Reilly's photo.  Don't be surprised if someday bodies are found in his basement.  I'm serious.  He's a multi-personalitied, compartmentalizer to the extreme - traits of all serial killers.  This guy changes character and moves from compartment to compartment in his mind as his TV interviews warrant.  Did they ever find the Long Island (home of Bill O'Reilly) serial killer?  O'Reilly should be interviewed by police.  I would be almost as scared of this man as I would D. Cheney.   
Jan 4, 2013 6:15PM
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Al Jazeera is anti-American just as the hypocrite that goes by the name of Al Bore.
Jan 4, 2013 6:14PM
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Hanging Chads and an Inept SCOTUS gave us a BUFFOON for a President....

 

Instead of a Staunch supporter of American Ideals and a Nobel Prize Laureate.

Jan 4, 2013 6:13PM
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Like you are going to Heaven?  lol.  
Jan 4, 2013 6:13PM
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Rather break bread with an Arab Muslim than a Jew.  At least I can relax and not worry about the Jew stealing my wallet.
Jan 4, 2013 6:12PM
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Now we know exactly which direction ol' Al faces when he prays... Talk about selling one's soul to the devil.
Jan 4, 2013 6:11PM
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Remember when O'Riley threatened to beat up a young man on his show.  They had to get the security to escort the kid out after draft dodger Bill threatened him.
Jan 4, 2013 6:10PM
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Yeah, when he's not harassing women, he picks on men. The life of a bully.

 This isn't news, this is advertisement for Murdoch's Evil Media Empire
Jan 4, 2013 6:10PM
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WELL,ISN'T THIS FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR PRESS? IF ONE HAS MONEY OR A CELEBRITY STATUS ONE CAN DO ANYTHING TO THE USA.WHAT A GREAT WAY TO DISTRIBUTE THE MIDDLE-EAST BELIEFS AND VIOLENCE TO THE USA BUT TO PURCHASE THE MEDIA.JUST KEEP LETTING MINORITIES INTO THE USA WITH A FREE PASS AND SOON CONTROL ALL THE VOTES TO ALLOW THESE THINGS YO HAPPEN.
Jan 4, 2013 6:08PM
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Funny, a Jew stteals 65 billion from investors and institutions , even Jew instituitions and hardly a whimper.  Let an Arab fart and God.
Jan 4, 2013 6:07PM
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O'Reilly is a 60+ year old Asian Hooker...
Jan 4, 2013 6:06PM
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Madoff the Jew Wall Street super thief.  65 billion folks.  Now tyhat is a thief.  The pride of the right wing...Jew thiefs.
Jan 4, 2013 6:05PM
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And not a murmur on the broadcast media trio - how hypocritically they blast the right and how blase about the left.
Jan 4, 2013 6:05PM
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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.

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