The $100 million arm-twist: How Al Gore closed the deal with Al-Jazeera; Update: Time Warner drops Current/AJ; Update: “We are keeping an open mind”

posted at 11:21 am on January 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Hint: it wasn’t pretty. In order to close the deal with Al-Jazeera, Al Gore had to retain the oddly lucrative distribution arrangements he had made with cable and satellite networks to carry his Current TV channel.  With ratings nearly non-existent, an ownership change may have given those distributors a reason to dump the channel — and scotch a $100 million payday for Gore.  According to Brian Stelter in the New York Times, Gore hinted that refusing to grant Al-Jazeera the same access as Current TV would be evidence of bigotry:

Al Gore’s Current TV was never popular with viewers, but it was a hit where it counted: with cable and satellite providers. When he co-founded the channel in 2005, Mr. Gore managed to get the channel piped into tens of millions of households — a huge number for an untested network — through a combination of personal lobbying and arm-twisting of industry giants.

He called on those skills again after deciding in December to sell Current TV to Al Jazeera for $500 million. To preserve the deal — and the estimated $100 million he would personally receive — he went to some of those same distributors, who were looking for an excuse to drop the low-rated channel, and reminded them that their contracts with Current TV called it a news channel. Were the distributors going to say that an American version of Al Jazeera didn’t qualify, possibly invoking ugly stereotypes of the Middle Eastern news giant?

“The lawyers for the carriers couldn’t find their way around it,” said a person briefed on the negotiations who described them on condition of anonymity.

I’ve appeared once or twice on Al-Jazeera, and find them less biased against the US than Russia Today, but that’s hardly a high bar to clear.  They’ve handled themselves professionally, and clearly want to build some credibility in the English-speaking and other Western markets. Anyone who has traveled to Europe knows how well they’ve succeeded in those markets already.

With that all said, AJ already has a web-based distribution channel to the US, which means anyone with a decent connection speed can already get their content.  If cable and satellite distributors thought that adding AJ to their lineup would add subscribers, they would have already cut a deal with them.  No one is depriving Americans of Al-Jazeera’s point of view, and using this kind of argument in order to score a nine-figure payoff from the very oil emirs that Gore usually decries should make everyone glad that he’s in the private sector.

Stelter also notes the surprise in the industry over Current’s price tag:

Television executives and observers were surprised by both the big price tag and the decision by Mr. Gore, one of the best-known proponents for action to combat global warming, to sell to a Middle Eastern monarchy built with oil wealth.

Ben Jacobs at Daily Download explicitly calls Gore a sell-out (via Howard Kurtz):

The left wing television network founded by Al Gore has been bought by Al Jazeera English to provide the foundation of a new network to be called Al Jazeera America. It marks the failure of Gore’s dream of putting together a left-wing television behemoth to rival Fox News on the right—a dream itself, which was born out of the ashes of Current’s failure to survive solely on user-submitted video. It also marks a strange moment in American history as well. Gore, a man who was almost President of the United States, is now selling out to the Emir of Qatar.

The reasons for Current TV’s failure are quite obvious. It wasn’t any good. The network featured liberal talking heads bloviating without the benefit of having any reporting capacity. Although the network drew some viewers after it hired Keith Olbermann, that didn’t last once Olbermann managed to get himself fired after less than a year. This left Current relying on a television lineup of former elected officials like Eliot Spitzer and Jennifer Granholm while televising liberal talk radio shows in the morning. Needless to say, it didn’t draw many viewers. After all, if you were that desperate for a televised liberal talk show, MSNBC was available and had much higher production values, better guests not to mention a legitimate news organization attached to it.

The one asset Current did have was that it was available in 4o million homes. That’s why Al Jazeera purchased it. The pan-Arab television network had consistently failed to be placed on cable systems in the U.S. because it was viewed as too controversial. By purchasing Current, it gets around this and is instantly available on cable and satellite systems across the country.

I suspect that most viewers won’t even notice the change.

Update: I missed this story earlier, but Gore’s arm-twisting apparently didn’t sell with Time Warner, one of the nation’s largest cable distributors:

Time Warner Cable pulled the plug on Current TV just hours after news of the cable channel’s sale to Al Jazeera became official.

“This channel is no longer available on Time Warner Cable,” read an on-screen message where Current TV used to be found. …

The Time Warner Cable spokesman would not comment on politics when reached by The Huffington Post, but said via email that “we do have an agreement with [Al Jazeera English], though we have no plans to launch it at this time.”

Al Jazeera America will be separate from Al Jazeera English, although roughly 40 percent of the new network’s programming is expected to come from the English-language channel, which is based in Doha, Qatar.

It’s still available on Comcast, as I confirmed a few moments ago.

Update II: Looks like the criticism coming at Time Warner from the Left has them thinking twice about dropping the channel — or at least interested in making it look like they’re open to changing their minds:

Critics of the distributor’s decision didn’t hold back, either, calling it cowardly, shameful and just plain dumb. On Twitter and Facebook, many people assumed that Time Warner Cable was expressing corporate opposition to Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant, by taking Current off its cable systems in the United States.

But executives at the cable company said the channel wasn’t removed for political reasons. It had more to do, they said, with Current’s low ratings and its contract, which had a “change of ownership” clause that allowed it to be terminated. Time Warner Cable, which has 12 million subscribers, enough to make it the second-largest cable company in the country, has taken a hard line against low-rated channels.

That said, Time Warner Cable doesn’t want to be seen as outwardly hostile to Al Jazeera, especially at a time when other major distributors are keeping Current on their cable systems. (DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon, and AT&T were among the distributors that consented to the takeover of Current.) Al Jazeera plans to replace Current with a channel, potentially called Al Jazeera America, that incorporates new programming from the United States and currrent programming from its headquarters in Qatar.

On Thursday afternoon, as complaints continued, Time Warner Cable issued a statement that opened the door to carrying the channel in the future. “We are keeping an open mind, and as the service develops, we will evaluate whether it makes sense, for our customers, to launch the network,” the statement read.

Don’t expect anything to change soon, though:

Time Warner Cable noted that it had what is called a “hunting license” in the television industry: an option to carry Al Jazeera’s current English-language channel if it so chooses. To date, it hasn’t acted on that option. Time Warner Cable and other major distributors have been reluctant to carry Al Jazeera English, in part because they feel there isn’t adequate demand for the channel from their customers. They also resent that the channel is streamed free over the Internet.

To paraphrase an old adage, why buy the cow when she’s giving the milk away for free?


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…Al Gore is not aging well!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

…a fat patriot!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Time-Warner has dropped current tv.

Look for Comcast to follow their lead.

Freddy on January 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

The reasons for Current TV’s failure are quite obvious. It wasn’t any good. The network featured liberal talking heads bloviating without the benefit of having any reporting capacity. Although the network drew some viewers after it hired Keith Olbermann, that didn’t last once Olbermann managed to get himself fired after less than a year. This left Current relying on a television lineup of former elected officials like Eliot Spitzer and Jennifer Granholm while televising liberal talk radio shows in the morning. Needless to say, it didn’t draw many viewers. After all, if you were that desperate for a televised liberal talk show, MSNBC was available and had much higher production values, better guests not to mention a legitimate news organization attached to it.

…but he’s going to get “MILLIONS” for it!….WHY again?…(that he can’t hide now?)

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

When is Tipper’s book coming out…”My Life with Manbearpig”?

d1carter on January 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Algor looks out for algor, always has. I mean, who else is going to take care of his third chakra, multimillion watt homes and blustering, bloviating, heavily sighing facade?

Logus on January 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

What is that “cable TV” thing that everyone is talking about?

Archivarix on January 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Finally Mr. Gore can devote all his energy to the hunt for Man-Bear-Pig.

I feel safer already.

MessesWithTexas on January 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Face it libtards, Al Gore doesn’t believe in “Global Warming.”

He just used it to earn millions of dollars given to him by saps.

sentinelrules on January 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Within hours of news of the sale being released, Time Warner Cable stopped carrying Current.

Liam on January 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

New Caliphate TV™ ?

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Were the distributors going to say that an American version of Al Jazeera didn’t qualify, possibly invoking ugly stereotypes of the Middle Eastern news giant? “The lawyers for the carriers couldn’t find their way around it,” …

The lawyers for the carriers are apparently mega-wimps. No one except ultra-libs & Moslems gives a hoot what stereotypes are invoked when it comes to Al Jazeera.

KS Rex on January 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Liberals like Gore seem to have narcissistic traits that guide their every action. They see their best interests as their guide through what their perception of reality is. Anyone who thinks Gore cares about anything or anyone but himself is just as insane as he obviously is.

volsense on January 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Yet another good reason to dump cable.

using this kind of argument in order to score a nine-figure payoff from the very oil emirs that Gore usually decries should make everyone glad that he’s in the private sector.

We’ll be glad when he’s in prison, not in the private sector.

AZCoyote on January 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Needless to say, it didn’t draw many viewers. After all, if you were that desperate for a televised liberal talk show, MSNBC was available and had much higher production values, better guests not to mention a legitimate news organization attached to it. ~ Howard Kurtz

Highly debatable statement there Howard.

Rovin on January 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Algore is always a swine, a bloated turd, a hypocrite and now a national traitor.

Support Time Warner Cable and others who try to stop the shariazation of the land. It’s enough that the stupid people of the US voted for a muzzie brotherhood lover for president.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

another good reason to dump cable.

using this kind of argument in order to score a nine-figure payoff from the very oil emirs that Gore usually decries should make everyone glad that he’s in the private sector.
We’ll be glad when he’s in prison, not in the private sector.

AZCoyote on January 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

…JugEars…”the private sector is doing fine!”

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

But, ah wait, won’t the OWS crowd be camped out in front of Gore’s house demanding their goodies? Oh yeah, he has a D beside his name so they won’t be there.

rsherwd65 on January 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Gore is a certified nut case. He will sell his sole to bring down America. The door is starting to open in the downfall of American values. The MSM and now Al Jazeera is here to spread the steady drumbeat of lies. Time for real Americans to stand up against the evil!

karlinsync on January 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Dump cable. You’ll be happier.

GardenGnome on January 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Support Time Warner Cable and others who try to stop the shariazation of the land.

Time Warner did good by dropping Current/Al-J., but don’t fool yourself into thinking it was because they wanted to “try to stop the shariazation of the land”. It’s a sure bet their decision was based purely on the bottom line.

KS Rex on January 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Anyone who has traveled to Europe knows how well they’ve succeeded in those markets already.

Chilling…

d1carter on January 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Everyone with 2 functional braincells or more always knew that Al Gore didn’t and doesn’t give a rats ass about anything except Al Gore. The Globull Warming hoax was Al Gore’s chance to inflict pain upon the American people for their rejecting him as POTUS and electing Bush instead.

In that respect Al Gore is the perfect poster child for all Progressive Marxist Liberal Democrats. Spiteful hateful vindictive individual who would just as soon burn down the house, or to use a Biblical metaphor, cut the baby in half, rather than have to share or genuinely compromise.

SWalker on January 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Does this mean I finally get to see Keith Oberman in a Burka?

D.Mockracy on January 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Shocked Goracle extracted $500m for Current. That’s impressive for a channel with no content and no viewers.

I don’t really see the fuss of having AJ on cable. In a media landscape that includes MSLSD, NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, why not have AJ?

They’re all dubious sources, AJ like RT though occasionally run a story that shows Barky in an honest light – a capital offense if you are in the MSM.

CorporatePiggy on January 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Colin Powell contradicts Current TV memo on Al-Jazeera sale

Current TV co-founders Joel Hyatt and Al Gore seemingly attempted to help insulate themselves from criticism for selling their TV network to Al-Jazeera by invoking the name of former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell. Only, the story they tell about Powell’s relationship with Al-Jazeera is not true, a spokeswoman for the general tells The Daily Caller.

“Colin Powell told Al [Gore] that Al-Jazeera is the only cable news network he watches,” Hyatt wrote in a Current TV staff email Wednesday announcing the sale of the network.

But in a statement to TheDC, Powell spokeswoman Peggy Cifrino said the general watches many cable news networks — not just Al-Jazeera.

“General Powell watches a number of foreign news channels to include Al-Jazeera America. He also watches U.S. cable channels,” she wrote.

In follow up email, Cifrino clarified that she meant Al-Jazeera English, not Al-Jazeera America, which is what Current TV is slated to become.

Resist We Much on January 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Dear John Roberts,

See how reasonable Supreme Court decisions are made to protect the nation from liberal lunacy? (Bush v Gore)

Rovin on January 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Mr. Gore managed to get the channel piped into tens of millions of households — a huge number for an untested network — through a combination of personal lobbying and arm-twisting of industry giants.

LOL. “personal lobbying” … what the hell is Gore’s personal lobby worth? “Arm-twisting of industry giants” … more laughs. THey just couldn’t turn down the Goracle!

More like lefties trying to prop up their pathetically retarded “science advisor” who can’t do math and got a D in the only actual science course he ever took in college. This is all too ridiculous. Like Air America, from which we had to get a criminal cheating his way into the Senate (not the only dem criminal cheating and lying his way in, but …) while the network sucked air for years, even with huge money trying to prop it up so badly.

Too funny. Al Gorezeera and the islamist-loving, America-hating lefty dems are showing exactly what they are all about (as if anyone should have any questions, at this point). At least, they’ll have Colon Powell, known moron, incompetent, and utter POS watching the new Al Gorezeera channel. That’s gotta be worth something. Colon loves himself some Al Gorezeera.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Al Gore may be the most grotesque individual of our age. Consider his moral/political degeneration. The roots are in a father complex gone bad — the thwarted dream to become president (young Al never really wanted to be a politician but was only trying to fulfill the father’s wishes) mutated not into a rediscovery of himself but a messianic wish to OUTDO the dream and become savior of the world. Sad, really. Also, look at his physiognomy — the goutish bloat, the increasingly porcine appearance. Grotesque.

rrpjr on January 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Algore is a scammer and a traitor, not at all a “savior of the world”.

Just imagine, this incredible pig could have been president, by a hair.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

As the old saying goes…”follow the money”.

Every thing in news, every thing that makes news, makes money.

Gore made a bundle because he made news…he doesn’t care about any policies, any ideals…it was either make money or lose money, and he made money.

right2bright on January 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen, all of this mess, being forced to carry programs no one wants comes from Ed Markey, who wants to be a Senator of the U.S.A. The cost of these programs is, partially in your cable bill.

Demand that no penny of yours pay for a bill with anything anti American in it or Islamofascist/terrorist or pro-Sharia Law, or anti Christian/Anti Jew. Put Ed Markey on the spot to explain why we have to take programs on cable that we do not watch or do not want to pay for.

I don’t want MTV. I don’t approve of it as a proper role model for American Youth, but a denigration of our culture. Not only do I not watch it, I want a rebate for not watching it. Al Jazera TOO.

Fleuries on January 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Should have used a bloated picture of the traitorous swine.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Genuinely disgusting!!!

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

AL GORE…

The guy who invented the Internet…

The guy who se marriage was the basis for the film ‘Love Story’…

The guy who wanted to be President…

The guy who CREATED the Global Warming crisis & made millions off of it – the guy who made a movie whose scientists in the movie claimed they were misquoted & did not agree with the movie…the guy who pushed for ending coporate private jets & reducing carbon footprints while he continued to use his own private jet & the carbon footprint / amount of energy used by his own mansion DWARFS that of some small towns….-

The guy who would not even let Glenn Beck bid on the sale of his TV company because ‘he wanted someone whose morals/beliefs/ethics fell in line with his’….

Just agreed to allow Anti-US, Islamic Propoganga-pushing Al Jazeera buy the company instead?!

I am NOT shocked…this should tell everyone everythig they need to know about Al Gore…

& if you think he cares if anyone allows the Al Jazeera-owned company on the airwaves now, think again — he got his money & could now care LESS!

easyt65 on January 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Hey Al! You know how history portrays Nero, and the Borgia Popes, and General Benidict Arnold? If so you know your true legacy.

Limerick on January 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Al Gore really fell off the wagon after 1988.

22044 on January 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Were the distributors going to say that an American version of Al Jazeera didn’t qualify, possibly invoking ugly stereotypes of the Middle Eastern news giant?

False guilt.

Again pointing to this progressive Swiss Army knife. If a progressive has convinced you to do it, they manipulated you. They created within you a sense of guilt that wasn’t warranted and then convinced you that doing what they wanted would alleviate it.

See Shrugged, Atlas; Black-Sheep, Sibling; and Committee, Democratic National.

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Can Al Jazeera sue Gore if cable channels are dropping it? Or issue a Fatwa?

Oil Can on January 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I am for gun control when it comes to Al Gore. He is crazy and should not be allowed near any weapons including pens and pencils.

LetsBfrank on January 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

According to Brian Stelter in the New York Times, Gore hinted that refusing to grant Al-Jazeera the same access as Current TV would be evidence of bigotry …

Some bigotry is good, like Al Gore’s bigotry towards the a previous interested buyer — The Blaze.

Dusty on January 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Is it a bad sign that I actually half expect Al Jazeera will be a less biased and anti-American source of programming than Gore?

Shump on January 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I want to be able to buy channels ala carte. That way, I can watch the programming I want, without making a market for trash. IOW, the trash doesn’t survive because the trash doesn’t get PAID. Imagine if every customer had to sit down and actually make a cognitive CHOICE about what they were willing to let into their home.

Murf76 on January 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

More reasons to despise the hypocrite Al “man-bear-pig” Gore:

Glenn Beck’s offer to buy Current rejected in favor of anti-American network TheBlaze TV’s interest in Current was dismissed by Gore in favor of Al Jazeera. Shockingly, the media seems more concerned with Glenn’s dealings while yawning at the prospect of a former Vice President being aligned with a network that spews anti-American propaganda.

Links:

Glenn’s Interview with Brian Lilley regarding Current TV Sale to Al J

Fraud: Gore Takes Millions in Oil Money

Man-bear-pig would sell his own mother to the highest bidder so it doesn’t surprise me in the least he would sell out America to allow the anti-American hating Al-J to broadcast their vile garbage directly into our homes! The man has no shame and I hope he chokes on all of his money!

Liberty or Death on January 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Algor, not Algore. It’s the ultimate fittingly ironic pun. Algor means coldness, chill, lowest temperature. This is Al Gore.

Logus on January 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I have no problem with Al Jazeera. But if I had my way you could buy a “news” block from your cable provider that provided as much access to networks from here and all around the world as they do for football. News on cable now though is little more than a ratings game, infotainment. CNN, Fox, MSNBC.

The alphabet networks are just dinosaurs just trying to stay out of the way of the new world that’s been cropping up around them for over a decade.

“America, home of the weakest investigative news reporting in the world.”

Al-Jazeera’s just another news organization. I read their website anytime anything big is happening, I’ll go there too. But… I don’t require my sources to presented to me within the angle of my worldview and I rather prefer reading things from both people I may agree with and disagree with when it comes to the item of the day.

You see, if you just take in as many sources as you can on a given subject and then THINK FOR YOURSELF, the truth generally becomes much easier to find. It’s a much better process.

I say bring ‘em in!

I’d rather be able to switch to any of the main networks based in any country as well, instead of just being stuck with our crappy stations only.

Wouldn’t you?

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

And btw, I could not care less about Al Gore.

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Is it a bad sign that I actually half expect Al Jazeera will be a less biased and anti-American source of programming than Gore?

Shump on January 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I have that hunch too. I’m going to add MSNBC as well.

22044 on January 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Ideology be damned…its all about $$$…period…

PatriotRider on January 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Algor, not Algore. It’s the ultimate fittingly ironic pun. Algor means coldness, chill, lowest temperature. This is Al Gore.

Logus on January 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Can we use the Arab version: Al-gor?

LetsBfrank on January 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Algoreland

Make the leftist hypocrites even richer, fools who bring them. May you all burn in hell.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

And btw, I could not care less about Al Gore.

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

We agree, love.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Ed,

After liberal ‘backlash’ Time Warner is reconsidering dropping Current/ AJ America. Left Wing ‘outrage’ is the only outrage Corporate America seems to care about these days.

Lance Murdock on January 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Wouldn’t you?

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

+1

I trust RT and Pravda more than the US alphabets and most of the US media gaggle, which is very positive for Goebbels, unfortunately.

May most media suffocate from what they consume, Obama’s sh*t, not Beluga caviar. May they all spontaneously combust for dereliction of duty.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I suppose that explains the price tag. It was so high, something had to be fishy. I thought maybe Gore had made a side deal with Al-Jazeera for something that he didn’t want the public to know about.

Beck indicated that when he was considering a bid, the assumed price for Current was about $250 million. But Al-Jazeera paid $400-500 million, netting $100 million for the Ozone Man.

petefrt on January 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Wouldn’t you?

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Indeed.

DarkCurrent on January 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

New lineup on Current/Al Jazeera, The Real Housewives of Al Qaeda.

Urban Infidel on January 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Indeed.

DarkCurrent on January 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

China News will shut Al-Jazeera down, no prob.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

We agree, love.
Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Awe! Babe! Gonna make me blush. ;)

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Chilling…

d1carter on January 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

No surprise. Those European weasels will have their heads chopped off first. The US will follow, volens, from within.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I am for gun control when it comes to Al Gore. He is crazy and should not be allowed near any weapons including pens and pencils.

LetsBfrank on January 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Or eating utensils.

TulsAmerican on January 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Let the HA record show that it’s more possible to be loved on HA than in DC. Who says that compromis is not possible, and the land is not worth saving?

Looks to me like the typist has a major crush on Schadenfreude. Schadenfreude. you devil. ; )

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Heh, I’ve always been charming and irresistible.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

We agree, love.
Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Awe! Babe! Gonna make me blush. ;)

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

compromise, alas

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Hey Bmore, Genuine revealed herself.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I suspect that most viewers won’t even notice the change.

If it means Jennifer Granholm having to run around in a burqa, then I heartily approve!

Look, AJ is on cable here. It isn’t going to attract a wide audience. Why? Because it is boring as hell for those low-information voters who can’t tell you who their Congressman is but can name everybody on Honey Boo Boo, has an opinion about whatever Snookie named her kid, and gets their news from Jon Stewart.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Or eating utensils.

TulsAmerican on January 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Does that include sporks? Because those things are nothing but a saw attached to a spoon.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Can we use the Arab version: Al-gor?

LetsBfrank on January 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Not a bad idea now. Quite apropo, a triple entendre?

Logus on January 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I envision some of that money going to move The Goracle’s bloated, degenerate carcass around in a levitating hover-suit a la Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune…’

Nerd rant off.

CaptFlood on January 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM


Let the HA record show that it’s more possible to be loved on HA than in DC. Who says that compromis is not possible, and the land is not worth saving?

Looks to me like the typist has a major crush on Schadenfreude. Schadenfreude. you devil. ; )

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Heh, I’ve always been charming and irresistible.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

We agree, love.
Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Awe! Babe! Gonna make me blush. ;)

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Nice to see you guys ‘made up’ ain’t love grand!! ;-)

Scrumpy on January 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Al-AG is a traitor a sell out, one of those elitist leftist fat cats who care nothing for this country, but what he can get out of it.

I vicerally hate this man…

May he rot in the stink he has created…

Scrumpy on January 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon, and AT&T were among the distributors that consented to the takeover of Current.

I want cable channels a la carte! I don’t care if it costs more. I just hate subsidizing garbage channels.

petefrt on January 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Nice to see you guys ‘made up’ ain’t love grand!! ;-)

Scrumpy on January 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

No, it’s always blind.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Or eating utensils.

TulsAmerican on January 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Does that include sporks? Because those things are nothing but a saw attached to a spoon.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Al-gor never used a spork that he didn’t like. Tipper used to rid the house of them.

LetsBfrank on January 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Can we use the Arab version: Al-gor?

LetsBfrank on January 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Not a bad idea now. Quite apropo, a triple entendre?

Logus on January 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Yup! So much mileage out of Al-gor. Or should I say….carbon hoofprint?

LetsBfrank on January 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I’d rather be able to switch to any of the main networks based in any country as well, instead of just being stuck with our crappy stations only.

Wouldn’t you?

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

You’re on the internet right now, genius. Go check out Al Jezeera and all the America-hating stations you want (though I would think MSNBC would be good enough for you). If you don’t like cable then drop it and get your entertainment and news online.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Heh! Oil money, theocratic intolerance, genocidal dictators. Al makes ally with the worst people in the world, then tries to evade taxes and ineptly can’t. Loser.

ironked on January 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Gore is no different then Mr. President when he talks disdainfully about lobbyists and fat cat Wall Street bankers or special interest groups or millionaire solar company CEOs. You know, all the “folks” he takes millions of dollars from and gives special favors to. In fact, I’d say the president was a far greater hypocrite than even Mr. Gore.

scalleywag on January 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Heh! Oil money, theocratic intolerance, genocidal dictators. Al makes ally with the worst people in the world, then tries to evade taxes and ineptly can’t. Loser.

ironked on January 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

The losers are the leftards who’re not demolishing his acts.

None are here to defend him, the weasels.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

It’s still available on Comcast, as I confirmed a few moments ago.

Call and send e-mails to ComCast and any other cable outlets that are still carrying this propaganda channel. Demand they drop it – or drop them.

Al Gore sucks.

redguy on January 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Maybe it’s something to do with coming close to the presidency, but not close enough.
Just as sure as McCain has turned bitter and cranky, Gore became a self-important blowhard (and I don’t say this as a global warming science denier). He suffers oh so much by having to put up with ‘fools’. The guy has surrounded himself with fanboys/girls.
Not to say this hasn’t been a recipe for enormous financial success…as proven by this latest windfall.
Tipper is genuinely warm and means it when she smiles.
I imagine she tired of the charade.

verbaluce on January 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

To paraphrase an old adage, why buy the cow when she’s giving the milk away for free?

…or why chase a bus you’re already sitting in?

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The hypocrisy of the left is beyond belief… Anytime when you think it is impossible that they can be more hypocritical they will shock you by going more hypocritical… So we have the Lord and Master of the Man-Made Global Warming Scam who made tens of millions of dollars railing against oil and gas as the main cause of Man-Made Global Warming Scam now sold his totally irrelevant TV station to Qatar which economy is only based on oil and gas…

Just remember, for liberals everything is about the money… All their destructive ideas are about taking money from others with any mean possible… Paul said that “the love of money is the root of all evil”… No one more than liberals love money, no one, they simply worship money…

mnjg on January 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Not to say this hasn’t been a recipe for enormous financial success…as proven by this latest windfall.

verbaluce on January 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

It is immoral to allow a fool to keep his/her money.

I ‘admire’ him like I admire the religious charlatans who rip the fools off. He is NO different.

No, I have nothing against the honest/sincere/modest and non-stealing religious types.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

verbaluce, hat tip for not defending him.

If he’d be a R/C, and done all this, he could burn in Hades just the same.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Have you heard about their new sitcom”

“Allah Knows Best”.

kingsjester on January 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Wait until Hussein starts beheading Time-Warner….they will carry alqaedaTV unconditionally .
They will submit !!

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM

verbaluce, hat tip for not defending him.

If he’d be a R/C, and done all this, he could burn in Hades just the same.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I’m not sure his being successful at biz needs defending…and I imagine all the free market caps here would tip their hats to him on that point.
My issue is the underlining cynicism and insincerity.
Just plain don’t like the guy. Even when he’s right about something.

verbaluce on January 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

As a Time Warner customer since the move to NY, it won’t affect my viewing either way. Cablevision pulled worse than TW ever has.

JetBoy on January 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

New lineup on Current/Al Jazeera, The Real Housewives of Al Qaeda.

Urban Infidel on January 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

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

I, Osama. You, Obama.

I Dream of Jihad

Sweet Home Afghanistan

Highway to Paradise

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 Favorite Martyr

Married…With 267 Children

Midnight Movies:

My Man Gaddafi

Dude, Where’s My Kalshikov?

Resist We Much on January 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

You’re on the internet right now, genius. Go check out Al Jezeera and all the America-hating stations you want (though I would think MSNBC would be good enough for you). If you don’t like cable then drop it and get your entertainment and news online.
ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Thanks, POP. I do in fact get my news online, every day.

But should I take that to say that you prefer less sources of information?

Furthermore, I daresay that in most cases Al-Jazeera delivers more legitimate journalism and less infantile propagating than either MSNBC or Fox. Have you watched much of it? It’s not really any different than BBC or CNN. It’s a major international news source.

Are you saying you’re happy with the state of American journalism? Or do you just want information delivered to you inside the confines of your particular worldview?

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Islam and Sharia Law has conquered and enveloped practically every other continent on this planet after seeding nearly each and every country on each and every continent with battalions of compliant death cult members Muslims — except for North America. However, North America has been seeded for awhile.

Now, it is time to make their move — conquer and envelop North America.

And so it begins… the epic grand finale of the world domination saga contrived in the minds of mud hut dwelling sociopathic blood-thirsty barbaric savages perpetually stuck in the 12th Century — their concerted effort which has been running unabated and unmitigated right in front of our faces for the last five-plus decades.

Appeasement and Political Correctness run amok has rendered it all 100% effective.

Barack Hussein Obama and his clown-car cavalcade of sycophants and lickspittles have rendered this continent at this time 100% viable.

It is deeply politically incorrect and especially dangerous to espouse such clear-to-see observations — so I’ll definitely understand if Hotair deletes this comment.

SD Tom on January 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Islam and Sharia Law has conquered and enveloped practically every other continent on this planet after seeding nearly each and every country on each and every continent with battalions of compliant death cult members Muslims — except for North America. However, North America has been seeded for awhile.
Now, it is time to make their move — conquer and envelop North America.
And so it begins… the epic grand finale of the world domination saga contrived in the minds of mud hut dwelling sociopathic blood-thirsty barbaric savages perpetually stuck in the 12th Century — their concerted effort which has been running unabated and unmitigated right in front of our faces for the last five-plus decades.
Appeasement and Political Correctness run amok has rendered it all 100% effective.
Barack Hussein Obama and his clown-car cavalcade of sycophants and lickspittles have rendered this continent at this time 100% viable.
It is deeply politically incorrect and especially dangerous to espouse such clear-to-see observations — so I’ll definitely understand if Hotair deletes this comment.
SD Tom on January 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Wow. Yes. Sometimes, even I’m without words.

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I daresay that in most cases Al-Jazeera delivers more legitimate journalism and less infantile propagating than either MSNBC or Fox. Have you watched much of it? It’s not really any different than BBC or CNN. It’s a major international news source.

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Yeah. You’re totally on the mark, Sparky.

Just look how legitimate and ‘less infantile’ Al-Jazeera is.

It’s not a global propaganda machine for Gulf Nations/Islam at all.

Nope. Not even truthful Muslims and Gulf Nation(s) residents themselves claim Al-Jazeera is a propaganda machine for Islam. Nope. Not even one.

Please go take a long walk on a short pier now. Thank you.

SD Tom on January 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Wow. Yes. Sometimes, even I’m without words.

Genuine on January 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Yup. Welp — the truth will set your free.

But only if you’re willing to abide Truth.

Clearly, you are not willing.

SD Tom on January 4, 2013 at 2:47 PM

It is deeply politically incorrect and especially dangerous to espouse such clear-to-see observations — so I’ll definitely understand if Hotair deletes this comment.

SD Tom on January 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

People in our country are still under the illusion that Hussein and his people do not hate USA and that he will never do anything to harm Americans. We are still in denial.
I think it is because we never ever had such a
hatefilled anti-American destructive group of people being voted to power by equally hatefilled anti-American destructive group of people. TWICE.

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Gore’s Ox Gets Gored
In a fact sheet hailing the fiscal-cliff deal’s massive tax increases on income over $400,000, the White House declared: “This means millionaires and billionaires will pay their fair share to reduce the deficit through a combination of permanent tax rate increases and reduced tax benefits.”

That’s bad news for Al Gore, who just sold his failed Current TV network to Al Jazeera. Not that he wanted to pay his fair share, as the New York Times’s Media Decoder blog explains:

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. But the deal was not signed until Wednesday.
Oh, and Al Jazeera is based in Qatar, which means Al Gore, the scourge of global warming, is almost certainly lining his pockets with fossil-fuel profits.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM

blood-thirsty barbaric savages perpetually stuck in the 12th Century

Sorry, but they are not that advanced. Maybe 7th-9th, at best.

It is deeply politically incorrect and especially dangerous to espouse such clear-to-see observations — so I’ll definitely understand if Hotair deletes this comment.

SD Tom on January 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

You’re right but wrong on the deletion. HA has its flaws but seeing this danger is not one of them.

(note of caution – just never say that you want to make Afghanistan or some such a lot of glass).

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

(note of caution – just never say that you want to make Afghanistan or some such a lot of glass).

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

You mean to say that if I were to lament the fact that World Peace could possibly be attained within our lifetimes if, for example, Iran and Saudi Arabia were turned into glass parking lots — that would be a bad thing to lament around here?

Got it.

Thanks.

SD Tom on January 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

SD Tom on January 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Roger

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 3:17 PM

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