By K. David Du (@kentsinoroyale)
Last week, Former Vice President Al Gore shocked the world by selling his progressive news and documentary cable channel to Qatari owned Al-Jazeera for a cool $300 million dollars. Besides earning $100 million from the sale of the cable station, Al Gore has finally passed the $230 million dollar threshold set by 2012 Republican Presidential contender Mitt Romney’s in net worth. For liberals everywhere, Al Gore has finally crossed the Rubicon.
According to Forbes, with the sale of Current, Al Gore’s net worth is at least $300 million dollars.
Al Jazeera is a twenty-four Arab news channel owned by the State of Qatar, an absolute Arab monarchy which owes its wealth to both its rich reserves of both oil and natural gases with at least $70 billion dollars of investment by American energy companies.
Thus, Gore, who has staked his post-vice presidential legacy on both social equality and environmental protection (approximately $200m in fact) has, in fact, sold his progressive media vehicle to a illiberal state reliant on the output and export of its fossil fuel production capabilities.
In another weird twist, before the offer to sell Current TV to the Emir of Qatar, conservative pundit Glenn Beck was hoping to offer his political rival Gore a bid to buy the very same channel but was rejected for “ideological reasons.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Co-founder Joel Hyatt said they agreed to sell to Al Jazeera in part because “Al Jazeera was founded with the same goals we had for Current,” including “to give voice to those whose voices are not typically heard” and “to speak truth to power.” Other suitors who didn’t share Current’s ideology were rebuffed. Glenn Beck’s The Blaze approached Current about buying the channel last year, but was told that “the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view,” according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
So thus, it was rationalized that good old progressive American politics was at least compatible to Islamic Absolute monarchy much more so than American conservatism.
The disconnect between both Current TV, Gore, and its buyer’s political culture was so shockingly diametrical that a Current TV staffer quipped to the New York Post, “He’s supposed to be the face of clean energy and just sold [the channel] to very big oil, the emir of Qatar! Current never even took big oil advertising—and Al Gore, that bulls***ter sells to the emir?”
In the final analysis of this very bizarre story, for liberals and tree huggers everywhere, reality has finally set in about the former vice president and his environmental agenda: there is only one green movement for Al Gore and it is the color of the green back.