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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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.
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.
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.
This isn't news, this is advertisement for Murdoch's Evil Media Empire
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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