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Al Gore, Al Jazeera ... common goals?

Chad Groening,Jody Brown   (OneNewsNow.com) Friday, January 04, 2013

A conservative media watchdog group says it's outrageous that former Vice President Al Gore is selling his liberal cable television network to terrorist sympathetic Al Jazeera -- the result being a U.S.-based news network with content that American consumers should be wary of.

Al-Jazeera microphoneThe Associated Press reported yesterday that Gore and his partners have agreed to sell struggling Current TV to the Qatar-based broadcasting entity for a reported $500 million. The sale would raise Al Jazeera's current U.S. footprint from 4.7 million to more than 40 million households. The Al Jazeera Media Network reports it plans to create a New York City-based news channel called Al Jazeera America that should begin broadcasting later this year.

But television analysts say the Arab network faces hurdles in the U.S. with distributors and viewers. Time Warner Cable, which accounts for 12-million households, has already indicated it would drop Current TV from its lineup and will not carry the channel under its new ownership. "We are removing the service as quickly as possible," Time Warner said in a statement.

Media Research Center describes the Al Jazeera Media Network as an "anti-Western terror mouthpiece bankrolled by the emir of Qatar." Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at MRC, offers just two examples of the pro-terrorist views typical of the Arab network.

Gainor, Dan (MRC)"Here is Al Jazeera, which threw a birthday party for a terrorist who killed two Israelis, including beating to death a four-year-old girl," he describes. "One of their hosts wouldn't tell you that Hamas and Hezbollah were terrorist organizations." (More examples from MRC)

Gainor warns that Al Jazeera can use its new access to broadcast Islamic terrorist propaganda. "What this does is it buys them propaganda access to 40 million Americans," he exclaims. "That's what they wanted because they want to propagandize to Americans."


"What this does is it buys [Al Jazeera] propaganda access to 40 million Americans."  - Dan Gainor 


The MRC spokesman says it is telling that the former vice president of the United States would choose to sell his channel to a conservative-hating and Christian-hating broadcasting outlet.

While confirming the sale of his network, Gore stated that Al Jazeera shares Current TV's mission "to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling." He added: "... Like Current, [Al Jazeera] believes that facts and truth lead to a better understanding of the world around us."

According to MRC, conservative commentator Glenn Beck apparently tried to purchase Current TV earlier but was told "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."

Furthermore ...

Perkins

Tony Perkins, president of the Washington, DC-based Family Research Council, stated on the American Family Radio network Friday that because Al Jazeera disseminates propaganda, his organization will not issue the network credentials for events sponsored by FRC.

"We know exactly what they're trying to do," Perkins said. "I do not do interviews with them because I think it's very clear what their agenda is and I'm not going to help them. I think Al Gore is wrong for facilitating what they're trying to do this country and the propaganda they're trying to put out."

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