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January 9th, 2013
03:00 PM ET

From the desk of Howard Kurtz: Why Al Gore's Al Jazeera deal doesn't seem right

Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and is Newsweek's Washington bureau chief. He is also a contributor to the website Daily Download.

(CNN) - So Al Gore starts a liberal cable network, which turns into a complete and utter flop, then sells it to a Middle East potentate in a deal that will bring him an estimated $70 million.

Is America a great country or what?

There is something highly unusual - OK, just plain weird - about a former vice president of the United States doing this deal with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Al Jazeera, owned by said emir's government, is trying to buy its way into the American television market by purchasing Current TV for a half billion dollars. The only thing stranger would be if Gore had sold Current to Glenn Beck - oh wait, Beck did try to buy it and was told no way within 15 minutes.

Continue reading Howie's two cents here.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. empresstrudy

    Gore Jazeera TV threw a party for a convicted mass murdering child killer: Samir Kuntar after he was released from prison by the Israelis in a prisoner exchange.

    January 11, 2013 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • Fadi

      would you tell me why Al Jazeerah has offices in Israel and works , make reports from there ? if we need the truth we should not afraid form a channel

      January 16, 2013 at 4:46 am | Reply
  2. Monomachos

    The only description that fits Al Gore is hypocrite – the inconvenient truth is Gore put getting rich ahead of principle, selling his station to terrorist supporting Big Oil Money and even tried to close the deal before December 31 in order to pay less taxes. So glad he was not our president. What a loser.

    January 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Reply

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