As we had reported, the Goracle’s befuddled TV network, Current TV was in serious financial trouble, and the investors were looking for a buyer. It appears that they have already found one, in the name of Al Jazeera. Newsbusters has more…
The following is an excerpt from Stelter’s online January 2, New York Times article:
Al Jazeera is finalizing a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago.
If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.
Rather than simply use Current to distribute its existing English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations. Potentially called Al Jazeera America, roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al Jazeera English.
Al Jazeera may absorb some Current TV staff members, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But Current’s schedule of shows will most likely be dissolved in the spring.
The plan will bring Al Jazeera, which is financed by the government of Qatar, into closer competition with CNN and other news channels in the United States.
OK, this begs the question; why do liberals and Muslims always seem to be holding hands? Liberals seem to want freedom to the point of license for a number of activities that would result in public execution if committed in an Islamic state. The liberals favor “slut walks,” and “equal rights for women,” yet they turn a blind eye when Muslims pour acid on the faces or their wives or daughters. They look the other way when oppression of the most despicable type is committed by Muslim regimes all over the world.
At any rate, there won’t be much of a change at Current TV. It will still advocate for totalitarianism, it’ll just come from a slightly different source.