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Cashing Out: Al [Gore] Jazeera Buys Current TV

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COMMENT: For years, we have noted the U.S. pol­icy shift toward embrac­ing the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, an Islamic fas­cist orga­ni­za­tion allied with the Axis dur­ing World War II. Begun dur­ing George W. Bush’s sec­ond term, that pol­icy shift con­tin­ues to gather momen­tum, with Democ­rats falling head­long into a trap laid by the Under­ground Reich’s satraps in the Repub­li­can Party.

On the heels of the Brotherhood’s smash­ing vic­tory in the so-called “Arab Spring” (aided and abet­ted by the GOP/Underground Reich fac­tion of the Amer­i­can national secu­rity estab­lish­ment), Al Gore sold his Cur­rent TV cable and satel­lite chan­nel to the Al Jazeera net­work. Dom­i­nated by the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, Al Jazeera will now be able to spread its Nazi poi­son to a wider audi­ence. Ulti­mately, this will  rebound on the Democ­rats, Jews/Israelis and, even­tu­ally, Rus­sia, China and India–large nations with siz­able Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions that are slated for break up by the Under­ground Reich-dominated transnationals.

The Al Jazeera//Current TV deal might be envi­sioned as Serptent’s Walk meets the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, with that Islamist Under­ground ally serv­ing proxy war­riors and pr0pagandists.

“Gore Went to Bat for Al Jazeera, and Him­self” by Brian Stel­ter; New York Times; 1/3/2013.

EXCERPT: Gore’s Cur­rent TV was never pop­u­lar with view­ers, but it was a hit where it counted: with cable and satel­lite providers. When he co-founded the chan­nel in 2005, Mr. Gore man­aged to get the chan­nel piped into tens of mil­lions of house­holds — a huge num­ber for an untested net­work — through a com­bi­na­tion of per­sonal lob­by­ing and arm-twisting of indus­try giants.

He called on those skills again after decid­ing in Decem­ber to sell Cur­rent TV to Al Jazeera for $500 mil­lion. To pre­serve the deal — and the esti­mated $100 mil­lion he would per­son­ally receive — he went to some of those same dis­trib­u­tors, who were look­ing for an excuse to drop the low-rated chan­nel, and reminded them that their con­tracts with Cur­rent TV called it a news chan­nel. Were the dis­trib­u­tors going to say that an Amer­i­can ver­sion of Al Jazeera didn’t qual­ify, pos­si­bly invok­ing ugly stereo­types of the Mid­dle East­ern news giant?

“The lawyers for the car­ri­ers couldn’t find their way around it,” said a per­son briefed on the nego­ti­a­tions who described them on con­di­tion of anonymity.
Mr. Gore, who lost his last big legal argu­ment — the one in 2000 — suc­ceeded. On Wednes­day night, a deal was announced that will bring the Al Jazeera brand into at least 40 mil­lion homes in the United States. It will also make Mr. Gore, who is already esti­mated to be worth more than $100 mil­lion, an even richer man.
The deal com­pleted an eight-year odyssey for Mr. Gore and for Cur­rent TV that con­firmed one of the real­i­ties of show busi­ness: it can be a lot eas­ier to profit from a chan­nel than to come up with must-see TV for viewers.

Tele­vi­sion exec­u­tives and observers were sur­prised by both the big price tag and the deci­sion by Mr. Gore, one of the best-known pro­po­nents for action to com­bat global warm­ing, to sell to a Mid­dle East­ern monar­chy built with oil wealth. . . . .

COMMENT: Sadly, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood appears to be tak­ing over the Al Jazeera net­work. Al Jazeera already has a con­tract with the Paci­fica Radio net­work, which reaches a siz­able por­tion of the so-called “pro­gres­sive” sector.

“The Islamist (MB) Takeover of Al Jazeera?” by Dou­glas Far­rah; douglasfarah.com; 1/16/2009.

EXCERPT: The Global Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Daily Report [which tracks along the bot­tom of the front page of the web site] has an inter­est­ing look at the grow­ing Islamist agenda of the al Jazeera TV sta­tion, and the roots of the shift in the Mus­lim Brotherhood.

It is an impor­tant obser­va­tion since so much of the Arab world-as well as the West­ern media-look to the sta­tion to por­tray and inter­pret events, par­tic­u­larly the Hamas-Israeli conflict.

It is easy to for­get (and shock­ingly sel­dom reported) that Hamas is an organic part of the global Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, accord­ing to arti­cle 2 of its own char­ter. So that the Ikhwan would seek to con­trol the main medium for the out­side world to inter­pret the con­flict is not at all unusual.

The report looks at Wadah Khan­far (aka Wad­dah Khan­far), the station’s Gen­eral Man­ager, as the dri­ving force behind al Jazeera’s move toward embrac­ing the Islamist agent, while mar­gin­al­iz­ing other voices in the sta­tion that once had a sig­nif­i­cant role.

In Octo­ber 2006, one of Al Jazeera’s own cor­re­spon­dents stated that Mr. Khan­far had a Mus­lim Broth­er­hood back­ground and asked him about it directly, receiv­ing a non-denial and eva­sive reply:

Mr. Wad­dah, you have and Islamic back­ground, specif­i­cally Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, don’t you think that this is con­flict­ing with your posi­tion as a head of the biggest Arab media orga­ni­za­tion now? In fact, I do not clas­sify myself as belong­ing to a cer­tain polit­i­cal ide­o­log­i­cal move­ment, this is firstly an impor­tant issue which is very .. (inter­rupt­ing) ..Or you were belong­ing .. I think that firstly I belong to this Nation includ­ing its col­lec­tive legacy and mind, and that this some­thing I value and am keen on it, but I tell you clearly and frankly, Al jazeera taught us always that our affil­i­a­tion to Al jazeera– as an admin­is­tra­tion or press– is an affil­i­a­tion to an insti­tu­tion with deep-rooted rules and with a clear iden­tity based pri­mar­ily on pro­fi­ciency and respect­ing the opin­ion and the other opin­ion, and it isn’t absolutely based on dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing between peo­ple on ide­o­log­i­cal, intel­lec­tual or party bases.Inter­est­ingly, it was the Nation Mag­a­zine arti­cle from 2007 that first reported on the grow­ing Islamist agenda of the TV station.

Whether it’s report­ing the Hamas per­spec­tive from the occu­pied ter­ri­to­ries with­out men­tion of the Pales­tin­ian Authority’s ver­sion of events, or the fawn­ing depic­tion else­where of Islamist par­ties and mili­tias as the grass­roots reflec­tion of Arab sen­ti­ment, Al Jazeera has moved away from its ide­o­log­i­cally diverse ori­gins to a more populist/Islamist approach. After the March 2003 US inva­sion of Iraq, Al Jazeera replaced its long­time sec­u­lar bureau chief in Bagh­dad, Faisal Yasiri, with Wadah Khan­far, who had reported from Afghanistan after the Amer­i­can inva­sion in 2001 and then Kurdish-controlled ter­ri­tory as the war with Iraq was launched in 2003.

Shortly there­after, the sec­u­lar head of Al Jazeera, Mohammed Jassem Ali, was ousted and replaced by Khan­far, whom nine cur­rent and for­mer employ­ees of the sta­tion inter­viewed for this arti­cle char­ac­ter­ize as an Islamist. It was around this time that Jazeera’s Iraq bureau “became a plat­form for [Sunni] extrem­ists,” says Shaker Hamid, a sec­u­lar Jazeera cor­re­spon­dent in Bagh­dad from 1997 to 2000, who left to work at another Arab satel­lite sta­tion after get­ting what he says was a bet­ter offer. “I can’t say that Jazeera’s rhetoric is com­pletely against Shi­ites,” Hamid says. “The Amer­i­cans intro­duced this, but the media should not make it worse, and Jazeera did.”

I am all for free­dom of expres­sion and the rights of oth­ers to get their mes­sage out. But I am also in favor of full dis­clo­sure of own­er­ship and inter­ests. Al-Jazeera is los­ing its right to claim to rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent voices, because the Islamist agenda has made it increas­ingly dif­fi­cult for any other voices to be heard. . . .

Discussion

7 comments for “Cashing Out: Al [Gore] Jazeera Buys Current TV”

  1. No sur­prise with Gore.

    Posted by GW | January 6, 2013, 5:49 am
  2. @Dave
    One of the biggest cable providers, Time Warner Cable, has dropped Cur­rent due to the change in own­er­ship, but may rein­state it.

    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/time-warner-cable-says-it-will-keep-open-mind-on-reinstating-al-jazeera/

    I would expect there are quite a few cable cus­tomers, mostly Tea Party and Repub­li­can Vot­ers who will be upset if there is a chan­nel with the Al Jazeera name on it car­ried by their cable com­pany. I don’t believe most peo­ple in the U.S. view Al Jezeera favor­ably at all.

    Apart from a fear of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood start­ing a new evil empire, or just of Islamic Ter­ror­ism, there is just plain xeno­pho­bia aimed at Arabs and Mus­lims and peo­ple who look like them. An extreme exam­ple being the poor guy who got mur­dered by being shoved in front of the subway.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57561492–504083/erika-menendez-suspect-in-nyc-subway-shoving-death-has-arrest-record-authorities-say/

    Although this too could have been more than just the act of a lone nut. Nowa­days you just can’t tell.

    As you hero­icly high­light, there is plenty of influ­ence from forces alligned with the The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and The Bor­mann Orga­ni­za­tion in the main­stream media (and in the Repub­li­can Party and among “the so called “pro­grssive sec­tor””. That is hav­ing a big­ger impact than prob­a­bly this new chan­nel will have.

    You men­tioned Rus­sia and China as tar­gets. My cable com­pany has lit­tle watched news net­works con­trolled by both those coun­tries (RT and CCTV) which I find some­what inter­est­ing because of the dif­fer­ing view­points pre­sented, but they have rel­a­tively small audi­ences and lit­tle influ­ence here, unlike Fox News and CNN. I think the new incar­na­tion of Cur­rent will be in a sim­i­lar posi­tion but time will tell.

    Mr. Gore it looks like is now mostly in it for the money as are a lot of peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions, and that, over higher tra­di­tional Amer­i­can and higher human val­ues, has cer­tain­lly come­back to bite the vast major­ity of peo­ple and will increasinly do so at all lev­els of soci­ety, as you have so astutely been warn­ing for 30 plus years.

    If Al Gore or any­body wants to resolve to be bet­ter, sup­port­ing your work and this site would be a fan­tastc con­crete step in the right direc­tion, to start the new year off positively.

    But I thank you for your integrity and self­less­ness and sacrafice. I know last year in par­tic­u­lar was probally rougher and harder for you than I can imag­ine. I wish you the very best this New Year with much improved health, well being and pros­per­ity. Thank you.

    Posted by GK | January 6, 2013, 12:04 pm
  3. Check out

    Global MB Report:
    Is Al Jazeera Part Of The Mus­lim Broth­ers’ Program?”

    http://globalmbreport.org/?p=1530&print=1

    Posted by Vanfield | January 6, 2013, 10:43 pm
  4. @Vanfield–

    Thanks for the archival “heads-up.” The Global Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Daily Report feeds along the bot­tom of the home page of this website.

    Best,

    Dave Emory

    Posted by Dave Emory | January 7, 2013, 2:50 pm
  5. It looks like money is no object for the upcom­ing launch of Al Jazeera America.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/al-jazeera-america-can-oil-586074

    Posted by GK | July 19, 2013, 7:46 pm
  6. Pro­gram­ming on the boob tube this evening on the new Al Jazeera Amer­ica Cable News Chan­nel. They did nearly a whole hour pub­li­ciz­ing activists against the Mil­i­tary Occu­pa­tion of Hawaii. Who would have guessed the chan­nel owned by rich Sheikhs would be inter­ested in indige­nous rights just like Karl Von Hab­s­burg as men­tioned in FTR# 615.

    Posted by GK | September 4, 2013, 8:41 pm
  7. @GK: I do think the Alaw­ites are in some dan­ger in Syria, but I doubt the major­ity of Syr­i­ans would tol­er­ate geno­ci­dal vio­lence against them, and I do won­der if per­haps some of those claim­ing to be defend­ing Alaw­ites, or Chris­tians in Syria, such as Rand Paul, are really engag­ing in a sort of Von Haps­burg gam­bit, sim­i­lar to what’s been done with Xin­jiang & Tibet in China.

    Posted by Steven L. | September 6, 2013, 5:30 pm

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