Politics: Al Jazeera purchasing Al Gore's Current TV
Published by: Robert Laurie on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013
By ROBERT LAURIE - A match made in heaven
Back in October, we reported that the official network of far-left lunacy had failed and was going to be sold. Just as it had with Air America, turning liberal extremism and conspiracy theory into advertising dollars had proven impossible. No, the net in question wasn't MSNBC, it was Current TV: Al Gore's one stop shop for Democrat crackpottery and environmentalist mumbo-jumbo.
At the time, Current's head honcho, Joel Hyatt, confirmed that there were several parties interested in a buyout but he refused to name names. Now, the New York Times has supplied us with the answer.
According to the NYT "Media Decoder" blog, none other than Al Jazeera is ready to write a check. Assuming the purchase goes through, the Arab news channel will gain access to 60 million U.S. homes - a goal it has long desired, since most American cable and satellite companies have been reticent to carry the English language version of the station. By purchasing Current, Al Jazeera would also acquire its carrier contracts, instantly granting it widespread availability across the United States.
There's still no word on purchase price, and Current is refusing to comment.
According to NYT sources, some of Current TV's staff will be carried over to the new Al Jazeera, but the network's slate of low-rated shows will be dissolved. This means that riveting programming like "Joy Behar: Say Anything!” and “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer" will be no more.
It also means that we're likely approaching the end of “The War Room," hosted by former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
I know, I know, it's your favorite show. Mine too. Sadly, we have to accept that it may go the way of the dodo.
Thankfully, we'll always be able to enjoy Granholm's file footage.