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#1 dudeone

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:11 PM

Glenn Beck: Al Gore Wouldn't Sell Current to Me, Chose Buyer That 'Hates America'

Published: January 03, 2013 @ 9:19 am

By Tim Molloy

http://www.thewrap.c...s-america-71211

Glenn Beck says Al Gore refused to consider selling him Current TV before selling the channel to Al Jazeera, a network that Beck says "hates America."

Current TV announced Wednesday that it had been sold to Al Jazeera, the network financed by Qatar. It plans to shut down Current's lineup of liberal-skewing news and talk in favor of its own programming.

After the Wall Street Journal reported that Gore turned away interest from Beck last year, Beck took to the airwaves Thursday to offer his side of the story. He said his negotiators approached Current about buying the network in order to get Beck's network, Blaze TV, into the 60 million U.S. homes reached by Current.

Beck said his people were told that the former vice president would have to be consulted on the possibility. Beck's negotiators received a callback within 15 minutes, Beck said.

“Yeah, umm‑umm, no, not even interested," Beck paraphrased the Current representatives as telling his people. "We -- our legacy is too important and there would quite frankly be too many people, too many friends that the vice president would have to explain why he’s selling to Glenn Beck.”

Instead, Current opted to sell to Al Jazeera, which Beck characterized Thursday as "a Qatar government outlet that ran every terrorist video and hates America."

Al Jazeera has long struggled to reach American viewers, and has stressed its journalistic integrity and independence from Qatar. But that position has sometimes been undermined by allegations that the Qatari royal family has meddled in its coverage.

An Al Jazeera spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The New York Times reported that Current was sold for $500 million. Beck said that at the time his people approached Current, he believed the price would be around $250 million.

But he never got to the offer stage, Beck said, because "we were not allowed to the table."

"He didn’t sell to the highest bidder. He looked for, who do I ideologically align with," Beck said of Gore. "The vice president of the United States of America tells you that he is more ideologically aligned with Al‑Jazeera than an American broadcaster who believes in America, just doesn’t believe in what he does, believes that America is a good place, that America is ‑‑ has a bright future ahead of it if we just do the right thing, a guy who believes that global warming is nonsense."
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

Glenn Beck: Al Gore Wouldn't Sell Current to Me, Chose Buyer That 'Hates America'

Published: January 03, 2013 @ 9:19 am

By Tim Molloy

http://www.thewrap.c...s-america-71211

Glenn Beck says Al Gore refused to consider selling him Current TV before selling the channel to Al Jazeera, a network that Beck says "hates America."

Current TV announced Wednesday that it had been sold to Al Jazeera, the network financed by Qatar. It plans to shut down Current's lineup of liberal-skewing news and talk in favor of its own programming.

After the Wall Street Journal reported that Gore turned away interest from Beck last year, Beck took to the airwaves Thursday to offer his side of the story. He said his negotiators approached Current about buying the network in order to get Beck's network, Blaze TV, into the 60 million U.S. homes reached by Current.

Beck said his people were told that the former vice president would have to be consulted on the possibility. Beck's negotiators received a callback within 15 minutes, Beck said.

“Yeah, umm‑umm, no, not even interested," Beck paraphrased the Current representatives as telling his people. "We -- our legacy is too important and there would quite frankly be too many people, too many friends that the vice president would have to explain why he’s selling to Glenn Beck.”

Instead, Current opted to sell to Al Jazeera, which Beck characterized Thursday as "a Qatar government outlet that ran every terrorist video and hates America."

Al Jazeera has long struggled to reach American viewers, and has stressed its journalistic integrity and independence from Qatar. But that position has sometimes been undermined by allegations that the Qatari royal family has meddled in its coverage.

An Al Jazeera spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The New York Times reported that Current was sold for $500 million. Beck said that at the time his people approached Current, he believed the price would be around $250 million.

But he never got to the offer stage, Beck said, because "we were not allowed to the table."

"He didn’t sell to the highest bidder. He looked for, who do I ideologically align with," Beck said of Gore. "The vice president of the United States of America tells you that he is more ideologically aligned with Al‑Jazeera than an American broadcaster who believes in America, just doesn’t believe in what he does, believes that America is a good place, that America is ‑‑ has a bright future ahead of it if we just do the right thing, a guy who believes that global warming is nonsense."


Actually, based on Beck's own words, Gore sold his network for twice as much as Beck had valued it at.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:04 PM

"We -- our legacy is too important and there would quite frankly be too many people, too many friends that the vice president would have to explain why hes selling to Glenn Beck.

I'm more interested in his explanation about selling to this american hating propaganda outlet for the Qatari royal family. Add to that that Qatar is the oil central of the region and exports massive amounts of global warming raw materials. Not the first time his hypocrosy has been exposed.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

Would Beck have done anything with it other than to turn it into Fox News II?
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:12 PM

Glenn Beck is crazy.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

I'm more interested in his explanation about selling to this american hating propaganda outlet for the Qatari royal family. Add to that that Qatar is the oil central of the region and exports massive amounts of global warming raw materials. Not the first time his hypocrosy has been exposed.

Moot point, Beck doesn't think global warming is real. Besides that, if you think like he does, you think Gore invented the internet, which makes you a hypocrite for using it.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

Glen Beck hates capitalism!
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

LOL. Allah Akbar America! Typical Liberals interested in watering down Western culture until there is nothing left.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:14 PM

Al Gore selling a company's stake to another company fuelled by OIL dollars!?
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

If I was Gore, I'd rather sell my station to someone who hates America over someone who hates Americans. I sympathize with that particular sentiment.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

Glen Beck .. may he slowly melt down into the puddle of wet excrement he truly is .. Al Jazeera has much better balanced news coverage than Faux News does .. watch it some time, before making rash pronouncements ..

Edited by Tearloch7, 06 January 2013 - 09:52 PM.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:04 PM

The young Turks broke it down well

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

Glenn Beck: Al Gore Wouldn't Sell Current to Me, Chose Buyer That 'Hates America'

Published: January 03, 2013 @ 9:19 am

By Tim Molloy

http://www.thewrap.c...s-america-71211

Glenn Beck says Al Gore refused to consider selling him Current TV before selling the channel to Al Jazeera, a network that Beck says "hates America."

Current TV announced Wednesday that it had been sold to Al Jazeera, the network financed by Qatar. It plans to shut down Current's lineup of liberal-skewing news and talk in favor of its own programming.

After the Wall Street Journal reported that Gore turned away interest from Beck last year, Beck took to the airwaves Thursday to offer his side of the story. He said his negotiators approached Current about buying the network in order to get Beck's network, Blaze TV, into the 60 million U.S. homes reached by Current.

Beck said his people were told that the former vice president would have to be consulted on the possibility. Beck's negotiators received a callback within 15 minutes, Beck said.

“Yeah, umm‑umm, no, not even interested," Beck paraphrased the Current representatives as telling his people. "We -- our legacy is too important and there would quite frankly be too many people, too many friends that the vice president would have to explain why he’s selling to Glenn Beck.”

Instead, Current opted to sell to Al Jazeera, which Beck characterized Thursday as "a Qatar government outlet that ran every terrorist video and hates America."

Al Jazeera has long struggled to reach American viewers, and has stressed its journalistic integrity and independence from Qatar. But that position has sometimes been undermined by allegations that the Qatari royal family has meddled in its coverage.

An Al Jazeera spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The New York Times reported that Current was sold for $500 million. Beck said that at the time his people approached Current, he believed the price would be around $250 million.

But he never got to the offer stage, Beck said, because "we were not allowed to the table."

"He didn’t sell to the highest bidder. He looked for, who do I ideologically align with," Beck said of Gore. "The vice president of the United States of America tells you that he is more ideologically aligned with Al‑Jazeera than an American broadcaster who believes in America, just doesn’t believe in what he does, believes that America is a good place, that America is ‑‑ has a bright future ahead of it if we just do the right thing, a guy who believes that global warming is nonsense."


Its actually good to see the vice president of America be more ideologically aligned with Al-Jazeera than a nut head like Beck.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

I feel sorry for Comrade Beck. Mother Russia and the ideals of communism have failed him once again.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:50 PM

Glen Beck .. may he slowly melt down into the puddle of wet excrement he truly is .. Al Jazeera has much better balanced news coverage than Faux News does .. watch it some time, before making rash pronouncements ..


Glen Beck is what is wrong with America.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:51 PM

Its actually good to see the vice president of America be more ideologically aligned with Al-Jazeera than a nut head like Beck.


The Vice President of the US is Joe Biden.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

Al Gore selling a company's stake to another company fuelled by OIL dollars!?


Its better than selling it to someone fueled by hatred.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

The Vice President of the US is Joe Biden.


Former vice president.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:54 PM

The young Turks broke it down well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX4B0iJO6OA&feature=youtube_gdata_player


Love TYT .. thanks for sharing that ..
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

Al Jazeera America Could Push CNN's Revamp in New Directions (Analysis)

By Tim Goodman | The Hollywood ReporterSat, Jan 5, 2013 9:00 PM PST

http://tv.yahoo.com/...-050000324.html

For many Americans, the first time they had ever heard of Barack Obama was when he gave the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.


The speech was electrifying and vaulted Obama onto the national stage – where pretty much everybody thought, “That poor bastard won’t win any election with that name.”


Yes, Barack Hussein Obama did seem like a problematic name, especially when so many people mispronounced his last name – sometimes on purpose – as Osama. Ah, fear and ignorance – they can lead minds astray. Now here we are in his second term as President of the United States.


The country got past his name, his ethnicity and whatever else. Certainly it will get over this newfound fear of Al Jazeera, too, right?


When the Qatar-owned 24-hour news channel bought Current for a reported $500 million, it was an attempt to get into the U.S. market, where it had barely penetrated and is seen mostly through its website and some streaming sites. But already Time Warner – which owns CNN, the cable news channel most likely to be hurt by Al Jazeera America -- says it won’t carry the channel, and other systems could reject it as well.


That’s Al Jazeera America’s first hurdle – and it may ultimately come down to money (lower license fees). But the biggest hurdle by far is overcoming the misperception Americans have about the channel.


It’s not a “terrorist” channel, it’s not run by al-Qaeda, it’s not trying to convert Christians into Muslims – pick whatever instilled bias you’d like. Americans can find out all they want by simply watching the newscasts and reports – you can go online and do that. Or they could research a bit and have their worries erased (though they are unlikely to).



The hope here is that Al Jazeera America does break through into our market because international news coverage is the weakest link in this country’s televised news landscape. CNN is far and away the best provider of that coverage, but one look at either BBC News or Al Jazeera will tell you that they cover the rest of the world with a vigor not seen through your screen if all you watch is CNN, Fox News or MSNBC. Beyond that, foreign coverage of this country gives a vastly different perspective of what’s going on. That kind of variety would be mighty useful – and potentially very popular.


Perhaps the most interesting element to the Al Jazeera purchase of Current is how CNN, under fresh new leader Jeff Zucker, will respond to it.


If CNN dismisses Al Jazeera America as a minor player, it does so at its own peril. That’s because Al Jazeera America covers the world better than CNN and if it wins on that front it will seize more viewers – primarily from CNN. If not immediately, then faster than CNN can probably imagine, or adjust.


There’s also the possibility that a vibrant international news provider would allow the bean counters at Turner and Time Warner another opportunity to see how much CNN is spending internationally and perhaps slash some budgets. Why battle to control that aspect of the overall coverage when it’s cheaper to have talking heads in studio or, at the very least, cover anything in this country.



That kind of thinking, which Zucker would certainly be privy to, might nudge his inclination to make CNN more “entertaining.” You know, into becoming less damned serious about Syria.


A “lighter” and less boring or at least less hard-news focused CNN is what some skeptics think Zucker is after anyway (and that in guiding the channel in that direction, ratings will rise).


That’s why the Al Jazeera America idea is so intriguing. It could really push CNN in one of two directions – both diametrically opposed. Take on the newcomer toe-to-toe or shift the camera to something a lot lighter and more popular.


No doubt Zucker’s decision on how to fix CNN, how to remake it somehow – a difficult idea to start with – just got more complicated.


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:56 PM

^ ^ ^ Excellent follow up, "dude" .. thanks .. I followed Aljazeera's coverage during the Arab Spring in Egypt and found it very accurate and fair ..
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:57 AM

If Al was a repub you'd all be saying what a greedy rich A hole is. He pushed to get the deal done to avoid Obama Taxes that came into effect and You do realise this prick and his wife spear headed a campaign to ban music and music content back in the late 80's. Blaming music for societies ill's.

That being said Glenn Beck is a douche just the same.

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