Thursday, January 3, 2013

Al Gore & Al Jazeera

 Gary L. Bauer
American Values

For years the Muslim propaganda network Al Jazeera has been trying to break into the American media market. Major cable distributors have refused to carry it. But the network has finally broken through. Al Jazeera announced yesterday that it has bought Al Gore's failing network Current TV, which is available to 40 million homes.

Sources familiar with the deal say the sale is valued at $500 million. According to the New York Times, "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."

In a bit of poetic justice, the deal was not approved until yesterday. But Mr. Gore will be fine. The former vice president stands to make as much as $100 million thanks to his 20% share in Current TV, and will reportedly remain on the board of the new network, Al Jazeera America.

But here's the more disturbing concern. For years I have warned about the growing alliance between radical Islamists and the political left. It may seem an odd alliance, because there is little that unites them at first glance. But in reality they have much in common. They are united by their hatred for America and Israel, as well as our Judeo-Christian values.

Current TV has been losing money for years and never attracted big audiences. According to the Nielsen ratings, just over 40,000 people watched it on average each night. Yet Mr. Gore and his partners were very picky about potential buyers. Consider this from the Wall Street Journal:

"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.'"

Apparently the pro-Islamist Al Jazeera network is more aligned with Al Gore's views than is the conservative Glenn Beck!