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From page A4 | January 11, 2013 | 7 Comments

So Al Gore, Mr. Environment, sold his soul to an Arab government for a few shekels. Spurning an offer from Glenn Beck, Gore and his partner instead took a reported $500 million from Al-Jazeera, the cable TV company owned by the emir of Qatar, Hamid bin Khalifa Al Thani. Chairman of the board of Al-Jazeera is the emir’s cousin. For Gore’s “Current TV” and its 22,000 viewers Al-Jazeera gets access to American viewers, assuming, of course, that the cable and satellite networks agree to let Al-Jazeera take over Current Affairs’ broadcast slot.

The reported $500 million payoff is pocket lint for the oil rich emirate, which just gave Hamas in the Gaza Strip $400 million. We don’t see a distinct difference between providing funds to a terrorist organization and seeking a propaganda outlet in the U.S.

Gore’s partner and co-founder Joel Hayatt, said, “Al and I did significant due diligence,” adding he spent a week at Al-Jazeera’s headquarters in Qatar and was impressed with the network’s “journalistic integrity.”

Gore and Hyatt were only impressed with the integrity of their bottom line as they sold out to a foreign potentate. Their greed was highlighted by the New York Times, which reported they tried to close the deal in 2012 before taxes went up Jan. 1 following the “Fiscal Cliff” so-called deal.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 10, 2013 - 8:03 pm

    I understand that Mr. Gore became physically ill when told that Glenn Beck was tendering for the network. Close call!!! Imagine Al-Jazeera being higher on Gore's esteem scale than Glenn Beck!

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  • Robert ChapnickJanuary 11, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Is not Al-Jazeera the tv networkl where Osama Bin Laden was allowed to spew his anti-American statements? I now have to question Al Gores sanity and loyalty to America even more than before. I guess half a billion dollars mean all morals and just plain common sense goes out the window. Thank god this jackass was never president!

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  • CatherineJanuary 11, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Al-Jazeera TV and online news are already as available in the USA as BBC News, and about as radical. Read it, watch it, and then decide for yourself.

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  • Jeff GoodrichJanuary 11, 2013 - 11:22 am

    Since when did the Mountain Democrat turn communist and demand that a private company sell its assets to anybody but the highest bidder? And, by the way, Beck didn't even make a bid for the company, so you are telling us that as Americans we don't have a right to sell our assets to somebody that you don't happen to like. Since I really don't think that's what you believe, I suggest you right a follow-up opinion to explain the exact principle you believe applies here and when you believe we are free enough to chose our own buyers.

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  • kggJanuary 13, 2013 - 6:57 am

    does anyone know if saudi prince alwaleed bin talal is still the second largest shareholder in fox news? he's a chum of rupert murdoch.

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  • Adam DraperJanuary 13, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    Al-Jazeera has a thousand times more integrity than Glenn Beck.

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  • JohnJanuary 28, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    kgg is right. Saudi prince bin Tallal is a major stockholder in Murdoch's News Corp. Al Jazeera is available every evening on Link TV. It is far less biased than FOX and gives a world-view of the news (without commercials). In other words, it gives news about what's going on beyond U.S. borders.

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