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 9:02PM
Perhaps the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences now has a good enough reason to rescind his Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth."  And the Nobel Prize and its monetary reward should be taken back as well.  This man is a disgrace to the United States.  This is my opinion.  But to have his fledgling network be purchased by another one that is anti-American, should be considered treasonous. And all this to beat a tax deadline!  All of us should be worried what his next venture will be? 
Jan 4, 2013 9:02PM

Sotos, there is a Village in DIRE NEED of your presence, as they are missing their, well...ummm.

You get it.

Quit the political Ignorant comments and constant idiocy of blaming Republicans.  Did you fail to watch the "fiscal" cliff? It showed in more detail that it's not Republicans, or Democrats, it's ALL of the politicians, including Obama...They LIED about Fiscal Cliff, we still, as middle class got hit with 2% increase, yet there are idiots out there that can't get their personal bias out of the comprehension game.

BOTH are screwing us, idiots like you and others on Conservative side that can't admit and see are the biggest problem.  Now, go back to your village.

Jan 4, 2013 8:58PM
I'd watch and believe Al-Jazerra before I'd watch and believe Faux News.
Jan 4, 2013 8:56PM
Nothing's changed, money talks and BS walks. He's just a regular whore that sells to the highest bidder. He really cannot care less about anything except for money. Never been a fan of big AL !!
Jan 4, 2013 8:56PM
Face it, Gore is a hypocritical PIG!!
Jan 4, 2013 8:56PM
What's the only thing worse than a Gore lover?
(check reply for answer)

Jan 4, 2013 8:54PM
ONe of these days, O'Riley is going to say the wrong thing to the wrong person and piss them off making them blow his head off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   When that happens,, I"ll be laughing my **** off if it happens!!!
Jan 4, 2013 8:52PM

I've looked at Al Jazeerah - and they DEFINITELY have an anti-American slant. Gore should be ashamed.


And speaking of Gore, what a hypocrite! He jumps on the bandwagon saying everyone must pay their fair share - and that jerk cops out. He does not deserve my respect.

Jan 4, 2013 8:48PM
Two words describe Al Gore, JACK ****.
Jan 4, 2013 8:41PM

rick, why not attempt to make 1 intelligent response, instead of spewing your stupid hate.  We get it.


But you don't get it do you "bright one?"  Read up on O'Reilly he's openly critical of both parties, and is typically very objective (something you clearly haven't the capacity to comprehend).


Go back to your village...bright one, they are searching for you.

Jan 4, 2013 8:38PM
If ever there was a complete tool it's Al Gore.   Thank God for a few hanging chads.
Jan 4, 2013 8:28PM

O'Relly is nothing but a loud-mouthed fool, not unlike the other rightwing nut jobs. He needs to sweep his own dirt first, but as usual, he sees everyone else's faults hoping it'll deflect others from seeing what a nasty man he is.


Hmmm, that pretty much describes the new Puritan (Republican) party. Too bad a party that started out being ethical has turned into what it is now and it's also unfortunate there are so many middle class or lower class to want to protect the pocketbooks of the rich.  Still waiting for that trickle down effect that Reagan told you would be yours some day? Good luck with that.

Jan 4, 2013 8:24PM
It's no surprise all our politicians been raping our country for ever.
Jan 4, 2013 8:24PM
Hey Someone- If Arabs would work for nothing like Hispanics do,  then your Republican business owners would be welcoming them here with open arms.  But they will not work for nothing,  they would rather buy up American businesses and work Americans for nothing. With that said , even though I am a proud liberal , I sure as heck won't be watching Current TV anymore and Al Gore can kiss my liberal rear end.
Jan 4, 2013 8:23PM
O'Rielly probably would have kept his mouth shut if Gore was a republican.
Jan 4, 2013 8:23PM

It's sad that the average guy who votes for free hand outs is not aware of how the hypocrites like Al Gore and similar left-wing idiots are hastening the demise of the United States. Sigh.

Jan 4, 2013 8:22PM
the hell with O'Reilly, its called capitalism
Jan 4, 2013 8:17PM
as if Oreilly is such a saint...y'all are a bunch of hatin' idiots
Jan 4, 2013 8:13PM

Sweden, France and England are having massive problems with Muslims moving into their countries... It is just a matter of time before we are faced with the same thing. Liberal's seem to think Communism is a good thing for America.  We will see who wins this war. 


"Not all Muslim's are terrorists, but all terrorist's are Muslim."  Bill O'Reily 

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