oh the big oily irony

Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore…

in case you missed this part:

[ foreign company ]Al Jazeera did not disclose the purchase price, but people with direct knowledge of the deal pegged it at around $500 million, indicating a $100 million payout for Mr. Gore, who owned 20 percent of Current. Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1

Mr. Hyatt said they agreed to sell to Al Jazeera in part because “Al Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current,” including “to give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard” and “to speak truth to power.” Other suitors who didn’t share Current’s ideology were rebuffed. Glenn Beck’s The Blaze approached Current about buying the channel last year, but was told that “the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view,” according to a person familiar with the negotiations…


and previously before that…


  1. mech
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

    What a great argument for Intel style a-la-cart television.

  2. El Jefe
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm |

    Irony is so…what’s the word I’m looking for?

  3. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm |

    It’s all about the oil.

    Warms my heart (and globe) to know that at least Gore will be able to pay his mansion’s electric bill, now.

  4. Claire
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm |

    So, say I hadn’t read about this… Would I notice?
    Provided I accidentally happened to watch, that is.

  5. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm |

    El Jefe,

    The word you are looking for? It is: FLATPETER!
    AlGore is so insecure (since before birth…) he could not stand being VP, could not stand the Supremes calling him a loser, saw his GloBall Scheme go stagnent, got fat, lost his wife, tried to fuck a massage parlor wench, and eventually went apeshit and bought a TV station, which maxed out at 44 watchers…….. He is now down to zero friends; a 1 inch dick (…when erect…) and is in massive denial that his entire life is a miserable failure, mainly because he is a latent cocksucker, who hates himself when he puts it in his mouth!!!!!!

    Otherwise, his future is unlimited……………………

  6. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm |

    Al Gore.

    Al Jazeera.

    Why in Al didn’t we see this coming?

  7. Posted January 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm |

    The thing is Al Jazeera is likely to improve the quality of the programing if not the bias of the reporting.

  8. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm |

    I think ALGorzeera is the biggest douche to ever walk the planet.

    What. A. Flippin. Douche.

  9. Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:37 pm |

    I always thought that “Al’s Jizzeria” would be a more fitting term for that network.

    Of course, that’s probably just me.

  10. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm |

    Where’s a good smiting when someone so desperately deserves it?
    How is that 44 viewer channel worth $500 million? Just to own the broadcast frequency?

  11. Brad
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 12:40 am |

    Was it in the Hitchhikers Guide that I saw the phrase, “First against the wall when the Revolution comes”?

  12. Posted January 3, 2013 at 12:55 am |

    ^ Can’t really remember, but i’m pretty sure that one had Zooey Deschanel in it and I still want to tap that back 40 like a blind hog with a case of Viagra.

  13. Lance
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 7:11 am |

    Hay, wadda minit! Isn’t Al Gorzeera the one who wrote books &
    mademoobees about “We’re all gonna die from carbon pollution,
    in 329 days”! Didn’t the Qataris make all that money they’re using
    to buy ‘Current TV’ from polluting, dirty, carbon filled oil that
    they sold to the refinery that makes jet fuel for Al’s private jet!
    Sounds like world-wide ironing to me!

  14. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 7:25 am |

    Does Algore claim residency in CA? Cuz our voter-approved tax increase is retroactive thru ’12.

  15. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 7:37 am |

    So Algore just said he and Aljizzera “share the same goals.” [at least insofar as the downfall of the Great Satan] Nice to hear him admit that…

    That’s an interesting use of the phrase “sensitive to”… Like I’m supposed to be “sensitive to” people of …diveeeerse backgrounds, right?

    Am I to understand that now means I am allowed to [required to?] refuse to do business with them, effectively telling them to FOAD?

    Or does that only apply to white males?

    This is all so “confusing”….

  16. geezerette
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:07 am |

    Poor Glen got kicked out on his ass for Al Jazeera.
    Me thinks it’s time to start looking into that Al Jazeera thing.
    But— never fear — Al Jazeera is here— the New America he/they hoped for is now changed. Within the next four years the Old America will be nothing but an old worn out constitution that no longer applies. He has seen to the change and They will no longer need Him. The inauguration in January may be the last one for this old America.
    After hearing about the vote on the Compromise Bill I made my NewYears resolution and that was to never listen to or watch this so called President again. I’d already done that anyway. From what I’ve I head I’m not the only one.

  17. geezerette
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:15 am |

    P.S Colonel Jerry USMC I’m ready for duty Sir. /oo—

  18. mojo
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:14 am |

    $100 mil for that dog of a money pit?

    I’d have jumped at it too.

  19. geezerette
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:29 am |

    Does that make him a capitalistic pig? He hasn’t been so far.

  20. whitestone
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:59 am |

    On the Plus side, Time Warner Communications just dumped Current and (presumably) Al Jazeera from their lineup…
    Finally… they developed some nads!

  21. TimO
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 11:53 am |

    Gore took the money ‘before the taxes went up’. Gee, President Obama, I guess all the millionaires DONT want to pay higher taxes….

  22. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm |

    Where is All Jizz’s HQ?
    (What? Oh, no reason.)

  23. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm |

    Well it’s been more than 12 hours since this thread was started – has alGore been smited yet? I’m losing my patience. He needs a good smiting, or at least an indictment for fraud.

  24. Posted January 4, 2013 at 9:47 am |

    ^ If I could choose a SuperPower, I think “Smiting” would be a pretty good one. I mean, you could go-around smiting people here, smiting people there, perhaps even smiting whole towns, once you got the hang of it. Berkeley comes to mind

    Yeah, I’m going with the smiting deal. I hear you can even get Frequent Flyer Miles with that.