Too good to check: Al Jazeera to acquire Current TV

posted at 6:51 pm on January 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

I really don’t like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable. Fortunately, sounds like Al Jazeera’s about to get rid of it.

John Podhoretz looks on the bright side and says this means the channel will become marginally more pro-Israel.

If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.

Rather than simply use Current to distribute its existing English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations. Potentially called Al Jazeera America, roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al Jazeera English.

Al Jazeera may absorb some Current TV staff members, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But Current’s schedule of shows will most likely be dissolved in the spring.

I appreciate the irony of one of the high priests of global-warming awareness cashing out to a government built on oil wealth. I’m also sincerely curious to see what AJ does with the platform. They could pitch it squarely at the left as some sort of foreign-policy-heavy adjunct to MSNBC or they could emphasize kinda sorta straight news reporting on the Arab Spring and Middle East as an alternative to CNN. (Or a mix.) I remember fondly their on-the-scene coverage of the Egyptian uprising two years ago, when young liberals in Tahrir Square promised the end of fascism and oppression. Two years later, look how far they’ve come. Hopefully AJ America will be up and running by the time Assad is liquidated so we can get the good news about the Islamist democracy that’s coming to Syria. Beats endless reruns of “Bowling for Columbine,” which, judging from my cable program guide, has been roughly 80% of Current’s programming since the shootings in Newtown a few weeks ago.

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Global Warming Jihad – Someone is going to have to give up a God. Allah or Gaia?

Oil Can on January 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I really don’t like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable. Fortunately, sounds like Al Jazeera’s about to get rid of it.

I lol’d.

joekenha on January 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Keith Olbermann to be reinstated.

Philly on January 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

For some reason reminds me of this story.

cynccook on January 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.

And watched by 60 of those households but that estimate might be a tad high.

RickB on January 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I really don’t like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable. Fortunately, sounds like Al Jazeera’s about to get rid of it.
I lol’d.

Reality Checker on January 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Seems appropriate, somehow.

totherightofthem on January 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I really don’t like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable. Fortunately, sounds like Al Jazeera’s about to get rid of it.
I lol’d.
Reality Checker on January 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

That is funny! I hit enter before noting that coffee came out my nose laughing.

Reality Checker on January 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Alternate headline:

Al Jazeera eats ManBearPig

Seven Percent Solution on January 2, 2013 at 7:03 PM

If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms.

Hardest Hit: MSNBC

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

He’s supposed to be coming to St. Louis next month as part of a speaker series the St. Louis County Library does for authors – he’s got a new book out. My wife jokingly commented that she’d like tickets for the heckler section of the audience.

Logus on January 2, 2013 at 7:06 PM

So Al,it’s all about saving the planet and not money,right?

docflash on January 2, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Keith Olbermann to be reinstated.

Philly on January 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Ayatholla Olbermann for you, you indifdel scum!

Valkyriepundit on January 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Sheikh Yer-Chakra

Christien on January 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

In WWII it would have been called the Hitler News Network.

scrubjay on January 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

This is a little scary..it’s sad to say that Current, in it’s current form, would be much better than Al Jazeera america…..not nearly as harmful too

sadsushi on January 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Are the muslims aware they are buying a used ManBearPig?

rayra on January 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Valkyriepundit on January 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

PBUH.

Philly on January 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I really don’t like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable. Fortunately, sounds like Al Jazeera’s about to get rid of it.

posted at 6:51 pm on January 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

LOLz. I swear I was going to post something very close to:
“Al Jazeera is a mouthpiece for Islamic propagandists. They should find CurrentTV is already set up well for their purposes”.

I am AllahPundit. Dark, brooding, ironic. Without the cats.

Paul-Cincy on January 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Lock the cashbox, Al!

Christien on January 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Equally too good to check from POLTIICO’s Ken Vogel:

“Time Warner Cable did not consent to sale to Al Jazeera. Consequently, @Current will no longer be carried on @TWC” –email to Current staff

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

John Podhoretz looks on the bright side and says this means the channel will become marginally more pro-Israel.

At least with Al Jazeera, nobody will be pretending that they are objective or honest. Puts a whole new twist on “Fifth Column Treasonous Media” now don’t it.

John Boehner calls it quits.

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha…

Robert_Paulson on January 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

They are due to be dropped from my Verizon cable package any day now. I got an email a few months back.

Fezzik on January 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Too good to check

Well, would you say it’s more or less reliable than the report Ryan Lanza was the Newtown shooter?

Paul-Cincy on January 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

They should sign the contract at a high altitude.

SouthernGent on January 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

They are due to be dropped from my Verizon cable package any day now. I got an email a few months back.

Fezzik on January 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Between for-sure losing Verizon FiOS and perhaps losing TWC, Current TV will lose…

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

58 viewers.

Steve Eggleston on January 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I am AllahPundit. Dark, brooding, ironic. Without the cats.

Paul-Cincy on January 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Sorry, but without cats that simply doesnt work! Right, Allah?

Valkyriepundit on January 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Podhoretz looks on the bright side and says this means the channel will become marginally more pro-Israel.

*rimshot*

AllahPundit will be here until the QOTD is posted. Please click on the ads.

Paul-Cincy on January 2, 2013 at 7:23 PM

I really don’t like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable. Fortunately, sounds like Al Jazeera’s about to get rid of it.

*giggles*

Fallon on January 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

LOL and outstanding.

Voiceover: From AJC World Headquarters in New York, this is AJC Nightly News with Sheikh Brian Williams. Death to the Infidels and Allllla Snackbarrrrr!

CorporatePiggy on January 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Keith Olbermann to be reinstated.

Philly on January 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Not likely. Even jihadi suicide bombers have been heard to say, “Al Gore….that dude is crazy.”

Bishop on January 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

al-Goridi… rhymes with “greedy.”

ExpressoBold on January 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

lol…you called before I would have.

(really didn’t think he’d go without a coup attempt)

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Now the halfwits can add this to their daily dose of Russia Today.

Mark1971 on January 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I appreciate the irony of one of the high priests of global-warming awareness cashing out to a government built on oil wealth.

May the hypocritical buffoon spontaneously combust, and all his adherents too. One of the two good things GWB achieved, he beat this oaf and Gigolo Kerry.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

….coffee came out my nose laughing.

Reality Checker on January 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Now THAT I gotta see ;-)

Laughing coffee… hehehehehe….

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Now the halfwits can add this to their daily dose of Russia Today.

Mark1971 on January 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Russia Today looks at the US more honestly than the MSM.

CorporatePiggy on January 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

John Podhoretz looks on the bright side and says this means the channel will become marginally more pro-Israel.

That was hilarious. :)

– But it might be refreshing to watch news where the anchors think the struggle between good and evil should be fought with sharpened objects here on earth. Up to this point, all the anchors I’ve watched have tried to hug me to death for my own good.

Excepting Brit, of course, and maybe his love child Bret. But I fear there shall be no Bart nor Burt.

Axe on January 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

lol…you called before I would have.

(really didn’t think he’d go without a coup attempt)

Tim_CA on January 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

He couldn’t get a majority of Republican congressmen to support his act of treason last night, that amounted to a vote of no confidence.

Congressmen Confirm That Boehner Will Either Resign Speakership Or Be Forced Out

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I really don’t like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable.

Guess you don’t watch FOX then?

lostmotherland on January 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

SW he quit? Or just wishful thinking…

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Bloomberg and Christie will be featured guests in the programming.

onlineanalyst on January 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I see, ty SW!! Bit behind on reading comments… thanks for the heads up :-)

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Global warming + global jihad = global awesome.

steebo77 on January 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

SW he quit? Or just wishful thinking…

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

What I have been hearing is that he doesn’t have the vote to reconfirm him as Speaker, so he either quits, or is forced out. He’s a damned crybaby, so I’m going with he quits and whimpers like a b.itch.

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Too good to check: Al Jazeera to acquire Current TV

…now, if we could only find it on cable.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

…all I want to know…is what kind of tax bill will fat boy Al get?

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

He’s supposed to be coming to St. Louis next month…

Logus on January 2, 2013 at 7:06 PM

You know what that means, don’t you? St Louis is about to get hit with the worst blizzard it has had in a century.

Prepare yourself.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

…all I want to know…is what kind of tax bill will fat boy Al get?

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

He’s a Democrat, in other words, a 40 or 50 million dollar rebate.

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Global warming + global jihad = global awesome.

steebo77 on January 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Hey, you know both members of the Cult of Gaia and jihadists do have something in common:

Both want us, figuratively or literally, bombed back to the Stone Age.

Hunters and gatherers of the world, unite!

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I appreciate the irony of one of the high priests of global-warming awareness cashing out to a government built on oil wealth.

This is what really irks me. These d-bags cannot see the forest for the trees they are hugging.

tru2tx on January 2, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Snow job, it’s all a huge blinkin’ snow job…

We been played, had, rolled, foxed, fooled, stomped etc etc…

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Suggested programmes for Air Al Jazeera America:

“SpongeAhkeem, HaremPants”

“I Love Yasser”

“Three Isn’t Company…It’s 69 Virgins Short of a Party”

“My Three Wives”

“Al-Jazeera’s Wide Caliphate of Beheadings”

“All in the Khaima”

“Dharma & Haseeb”

“How to Make Friends and Kill Infidels”

“Leave It To al-Mahdi”

“Mohammed Python’s Flying Carpet”

“My Mother, the Camel”

“Dancing with the Sheep”

“Jihadist Idol”

“This Old Tent”

Who Wants to Be a Martyr?

“Little Mosque on the Sand Dune”

“Faisal 007″

“The Baphomet Couple”

“Revolutionary Guard Road”

“The Jihad Is Right”

“The Twilight Zone in Imadinnerjacket’s Brain”

“My Favourite Martyr”

“I, Osama. You, Obama.”

“I Dream of Jihad”

“Sweet Home Afghanistan”

“Highway to Paradise”

Married…With 267 Children

Midnight Movies:

“My Man Gaddafi”

“Dude, Where’s My Kalshikov?”

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Interesting Jihady/Central TV…Eh!

Al-Jazeera has acquired Current TV, Al Gore confirmed Wednesday – @AP

19 mins ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor
==============================================

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore
By RYAN NAKASHIMA
— Jan. 2 7:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that has struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, Al Gore confirmed Wednesday.

Gore and his partner Joel Hyatt announced the sale in a statement.

“Current Media was built based on a few key goals: To give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling,” Gore and Hyatt said.

“Al-Jazeera has the same goals and, like Current, believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us.”

The acquisition could extend Al-Jazeera’s reach beyond a few large U.S. metropolitan areas, where some people can watch Al-Jazeera English.
========

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/al-jazeera-talks-buy-current-tv

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Al Gorzeera?

DrMagnolias on January 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM

***Alert ****

HilRod is Loose to cause more Mayhem(sarc)>

US Secretary of State Clinton discharged from hospital after treatment for blood clot, State Dept says – @NBCNews

1 hour ago by editor
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canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Al Gorzeera?

DrMagnolias on January 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM

DrMagnolias:Lol,perfect:)

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

***Alert ****

HilRod is Loose to cause more Mayhem(sarc)>

US Secretary of State Clinton discharged from hospital after treatment for blood clot, State Dept says – @NBCNews

1 hour ago by editor
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canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

The Blood clot was her, “Get out of Jail Benghazi Free Card.

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Gore is a sell-out. So long as his bank account is kept nice ‘n’ full, he don’t give a damn…

He’s the Snowman, giving us the snow job…

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Gore is a sell-out. So long as his bank account is kept nice ‘n’ full, he don’t give a damn…

He’s the Snowman, giving us the snow job…

Scrumpy on January 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Right now Bernie Madoff is turning green with envy at the Ponzi scheme Al Gore is pulling off.

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Loved that opening paragraph, AllahPundit.

rbj on January 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

just like their muslim counterparts!
 
DBear on April 5, 2012 at 5:04 PM

 
Thread winner.
 
lester on April 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

rogerb on January 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

What a great imagination! LOL

onlineanalyst on January 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

I really don’t like the idea of an extremist propaganda outlet that seeks the destruction of America airing on U.S. cable. Fortunately, sounds like Al Jazeera’s about to get rid of it.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, that one made me laugh out loud.

scalleywag on January 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

;)

DrMagnolias on January 2, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Guess you don’t watch FOX then?

lostmotherland on January 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Great comeback! That was totally unexpected and original! Don’t quit your day job, if you have one.

Night Owl on January 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Actually their online news site is pretty high quality

scalleywag on January 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Too good to check: Al Jazeera to acquire Current TV

Man, they must really be a bunch of suckers…

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Night Owl on January 2, 2013 at 8:18 PM

LML is funny today. Usually he’s a dullard. No one would pay for his comedy, though.

22044 on January 2, 2013 at 8:36 PM

“Al-Jazeera has the same goals and, like Current, believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us.”

Did Algore say this with a straight face? What a con artist.

jclittlep on January 2, 2013 at 9:08 PM

You know what that means, don’t you? St Louis is about to get hit with the worst blizzard it has had in a century.

Prepare yourself.

Resist We Much on January 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

But, but, algor said that the Earth has a fever of a million degrees! He’s got to release his chakra so that the fever goes down…

Al Gore, algor, cold? Fitting.

Logus on January 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

The Blood clot was her, “Get out of Jail Benghazi Free Card.

SWalker on January 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

SWalker:Yup,tThe Plot Thickens!(sarc):)

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Update: Time Warner, the 2nd biggest US cable company, to drop Current TV following acquisition by al-Jazeera – @BBCNews

5 mins ago from http://www.bbc.co.uk by editor
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20896484#TWEET494583

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Oh nooooos…….

Al Jazeera plans to shut Current and start an English-language channel, which will be available in more than 40 million homes – @nytimes

14 mins ago from mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com by editor
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http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/al-jazeera-said-to-be-acquiring-current-tv/?smid=tw-share

canopfor on January 2, 2013 at 10:35 PM

You left out the most important part:

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, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Pure scum. I truly hate liberals.

xblade on January 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

or they could emphasize kinda sorta straight news reporting on the Arab Spring and Middle East as an alternative to CNN. (Or a mix.)

Really? You think Muslims might deal in “sorta straight news”? Heh! Cats might be halal so you be cool for a bit. (dump the name though)

BL@KBIRD on January 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I thought they already owned it?

nazo311 on January 2, 2013 at 10:43 PM

If this is a repeat, better twice than not at all.

Schadenfreude on January 2, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Why did they have to complete “a deal” – just to make sure the paperwork was public?

Al Jazeera and Al Queda ALREADY OWN “Current” TV……. was this just so Al could publicly wrangle some money out of them for it?

williamg on January 3, 2013 at 12:47 AM

Pimps.al

profitsbeard on January 3, 2013 at 1:11 AM

I watched Current TV when the channel was first put on FIOS. It lived up to expectations and has been blocked ever since.

If AJ takes over it will remain blocked. Seriously considering telling FIOS they either drop the channel or I’ll drop the TV portion.

TerryW on January 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

This really cements many of the theories concerning the agenda of the liberal left. This is not a little thing. This is scary because “The spawn of Al” is in the white house.

Redglen on January 3, 2013 at 9:19 AM

This sounds too SNL circa when it was decades ago funny.
Okay. So what you’re telling me is Al Jazeera and Al Gore are two entirely different animals, but Lisa Jackson and Richard Windsor are (or were) the same.
How can we be sure this isn’t like a GM loan pay back from another loan thingy? Has anyone ever seen Al Gore in the same room with Al Jazeera? Or just a representative of Al Jazeera? Me thinks at best two different isotopes from the same element. If slime were an element.

onomo on January 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Really? You think Muslims might deal in “sorta straight news”? Heh! Cats might be halal so you be cool for a bit. (dump the name though)

BL@KBIRD

I knew the smell of halal would smoke the slugs out of their lairs.

lostmotherland on January 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Al-Jazeera is going to rename Current TV to Democrat Party TV so it fits the mainstream media perfectly. Now Al has enough to resume terrorizing masseuses in hotel rooms after midnight.

volsense on January 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Unbelievable deal: they rushed the closing at year-end in order to avoid the higher tax rates coming; the buyer is financed by evil fossil fuel money; the buyer is none other than the al Qaeda channel; and Gore’s partner in the deal, Joel Hyatt, is quoted as saying they deliberately picked terrorist propagandists over Glenn Beck, who was told in the brush-off letter 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,” (that quote is via Jim Geraghty at National Review).

Hypocrisy this strong is all too frequent these days on the left but it is still just stunning.

MTF on January 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I could find this article funny if America wasn’t already acquired by radicals and on its downward descent toward being “Al Jazeera, Al the time.”

I don’t find anything funny anymore about what this administration is doing to our once great country.

Sterling Holobyte on January 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Imagine the shock the change in programming will bring to the average Current TV viewer. They leave on vacation with their TV’s channel selector set to that channel. They return after a few weeks and turn it on.

Instead of their favorite show “As the World Warms,” on comes “PTS” (Pardon the Sharia) showing how to throw gays off the top of buildings.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

Pythagoras on January 3, 2013 at 9:56 PM