So long Current TV and thanks for all the fish! Or perhaps salam alikom might be more appropriate considering the low rated, hard-left station has just been purchased by Al Jazeera, a Middle East news giant owned by the government of Qatar.
For those who have never heard of Current TV (the vast majority of you no doubt), this was the television channel originally founded by Al Gore, who appeared often on various broadcasts to spout liberal nonsense to all 23 of its regular viewers. The MediaDecoder Blog of this NY Times had this to say of the now-defunct station:
Current was conceived in 2005 after Mr. Gore and another co-founder, Joel Hyatt, bought the small cable news channel Newsworld International. After several years in obscurity showing viewer-submitted videos and documentaries, Current tacked to the left in 2011 with the hiring of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. A year later, Mr. Olbermann was fired, but a channel made in his image remained, with Mr. Spitzer, Jennifer Granholm and other liberal pundits as hosts. But on a typical night last year, just 42,000 people watched their shows, according to Nielsen.
First, I think it would be pertinent to point to the fact that Gore rushed to close the sale to Al Jazeera before year-end. The goal of course was to avoid paying higher taxes. While Gore, along with the vast majority of other Democratic leaders, has many times decried those “tax cuts for the rich,” it certainly has not hindered him, as it has other wealthy liberal politicians, from enjoying the benefits of Bush-era rates. Of course, most of the tax cuts went to the middle class, as even President Obama has admitted, which is why those rates are about to be made permanent for 99% of the country. But I digress.
The real question is, what’s next for Al Gore after this epic fail? Rumor has it (from at least one unknown source) that Gore will take that $100 million (gained, no doubt, through the sale of Qatari oil) and start his own jam company, “Current Currants.” Okay, perhaps not, but you have to admit, it’s a great idea.
The lesson learned for the rest of the free world has to do with the fact that Mr. Gore himself is a study in liberal hypocrisy (an oxymoron if there ever was one). After his failed bid for the presidency in 2000, Gore became famous for his stance on global warming, where he won a Nobel Prize for the movie An Inconvenient Truth.
However, Gore used his fame and influence to become vastly rich, which wealth that almost certainly tops that other filthy rich guy who also failed in his presidential bid. You know who you are.
The fact that Gore became wealthy is not an issue to those of us who believe in a free-market system. The problem is, nearly all of Gore’s wealth came from exploiting the very same industry he decried. It brings to mind those female spiders who mate with the male then promptly eat it.
Picture this; while Gore was getting rich telling the world to panic and embrace a carbon neutral existence, he was jetting all over the world in a private plane (paid for by Paramount Studios), profiting from tens of thousands of shares of Occidental Petroleum (Oxy is controversial for its willingness to drill in environmentally sensitive areas), owned three huge homes, none of which were “green,” in any sense of the word, and driving around in limos and gas-guzzling SUVs. Reading between the lines, Gore’s message is “do as I say, not as I do.” Of course, this is the message often heard from the liberal elite.
But not from Current TV. Gore will take his oil-gotten gains and jet off to his next adventure, meanwhile those who once worked for him will file for unemployment.
And, in the spirit of free speech, which most in this country treasure, Al Jazeera will have an additional opportunity to air their views here in the US. This is not something to fear any more than Current TV was something to fear. All voices should be heard, whether we agree with them or not.