Current TV Sold to State-Run Media
January 10, 2013 in Business
The Qatar government via Al Jazeera has recently bought Current TV for $500 million from Al Gore. This “sweet” deal will potentially make the climate change guru’s net worth around $70 million. Not only will this line Mr. Gore’s pockets, but it will give an oppressive oil-drunk government another outlet to spew their propaganda into the world.
Early Monday, the staff of Current TV, was called to a meeting through a teleconference to greet their new bosses. While Al Gore was mysteriously missing, his partner Joel Hyatt had no problem standing with Al Jazeera’s executive director of international operations, Ehab al-Shihabi and the general manager of the London Bureau, Muftah al-Suwaidan. Needless to say the Current TV staff was shocked and moderately outraged by this move. One staffer even said, “Of course Al didn’t show up… He has no credibility. He supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold the channel to very big oil, the emir of Qatar!”
This of course, is not the first time Gore has been connected to big oil and at one point in time helped Occidental Petroleum obtain Elk Hills by pushing for the privatization of the oil field from the Navy. In a typical “good old boy” fashion, Gore’s former campaign manager Tony Coelho handled the deal. Normally the Department of Energy is involved in such sells but instead it was Coelho’s private firm ICF Kaiser. Historically speaking, the Gore family has enjoyed a particularly chummy relationship with Armand Hammer (founder of OP) and his successor Ray Irani.
Needless to say, the big oil hypocrisy is the least of Al Gore’s problems. Not only is Al Jazeera essentially owned by the Qatar government but it is complicit in the atrocities that they commit. It is no secret that Qatar frequently oppresses women, dissidents, homosexuals, and minorities. They also have no problem exacting inhumane…