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 6:05PM
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Well now we have our friend Bill O'Reilly passing judgement on the intent of others. What a laugh!! This guy is the biggest phoney on TV. Better Al Jazeera than Fox.
Jan 4, 2013 6:04PM
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This is really no surprise.  Gore is a lying, fat buffoon and hypocrite.  He has no more loyalty to this country than that POS in the white house.  It's always about the money.
Jan 4, 2013 6:04PM
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O'Riley's boss married a 30 year old Asian hooker
Jan 4, 2013 6:03PM
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Only a fool sees this as a political move, its a business decision. While clearly more of Gore's unending hypocricy, see global warming vs excessive jet travel, at a certain point weve got to stop letting aristocracy circumvent the american tax system for excessive personal gains. I just wish I had millions so I could stop paying my share. Republicans and Democrats alike need to close these loopholes that  allow "job creators" to create jobs elsewhere while rewarding investments into American jobs in manufacturing, energy, education and technology with actual tax breaks. Fun personal point, blind bias is idiodic, because weve all been screwed by the least productive congrees in Americas history (by a wide margin) and its because you vote for the reddest reds or bluest blues. comprimise died yet  moderation would fix everything!
Jan 4, 2013 6:02PM
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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  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 4, 2013 6:02PM
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MY goodness gracious! The stink of hypocrisy is pretty intense hereabouts! So much for free enterprise and the capitalist way 'o life, eh, guys.? Do what you want with your own property, as long as it meets with Bill Orally's approval.

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.
Jan 4, 2013 6:02PM
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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!

Jan 4, 2013 6:01PM
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Read and lies in a magazine from Murdoch lately?

Jan 4, 2013 6:00PM
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Yeah how about owning a scandal magazine, and wiretapping intrudining ionto people's personal emails for profit?  Rupus Murdoch, O'Riley's boss.  You know the one , 80 years old, who married that 30 year old oriental hooker?
Jan 4, 2013 6:00PM
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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.

Jan 4, 2013 5:59PM
Jan 4, 2013 5:58PM
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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...

 

Jan 4, 2013 5:57PM
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And who owns Fox News? An American? It's the two faced Australian Rupert Murdoch who can sink to any level for few rating points. Al Jazeera at least gives some news. Fox only pretends to. 
Jan 4, 2013 5:57PM
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I would rather get my News from Al-Jazeera than Fox.

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Al Gore should be locked up for support ing  the Enemy, its called TREASON
Jan 4, 2013 5:56PM
Jan 4, 2013 5:55PM
Jan 4, 2013 5:55PM
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O'Reilly, what a douche bag !

Who cares what he says ?

Jan 4, 2013 5:54PM
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I like the Arabs.  At least they will tell you they like money, not like the big nose Jews like Madoff
Jan 4, 2013 5:53PM
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I'm guessing free markets is not an O'Riley thing anymore
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